Identity - Who and What Am I?
In a digital world the concept of Identity is under definition. For thousands of years people, organizations and 'things' (animals, ships, mountains...) have had characteristics of identity that were local, and in many cases completely subject to their close environs. The concept of 'papers' is relatively recent (a couple of hundred years old) and as we move headlong into a digital world, control of our identity has rapidly shifted away from the individual (person, org, thing) to other bodies (gov's, businesses). We are are at a crucial point of being able to wrest back some degree of control, but this window is closing.
My questions are thus:
- how do you define identity?
- what is the difference between identity of a thing versus a person versus and organization?
- personal data a human right or asset? Inalienable or alienable?