Digital Ipseity: Which Identity?

 

Within the next three years, more than seven billion people and businesses will be connected to the Internet. During this time of dramatic increases in access to the Internet, networks have seen an interesting proliferation of systems for digital identity management (i.e. our SPID in Italy). But what is really meant by “digital identity“? All these systems are implemented in order to have the utmost certainty that the data entered by the subscriber (address, name, birth, telephone, email, etc.) is directly coincident with that of the physical person. In other words, data are certified to be “identical” to those of the user; there is a perfect overlap between the digital page and the authentic user certificate: an “idem“, that is, an identity.

This identity is our personal records reflected on the net, nothing more than that. Obviously, this data needs to be appropriately protected from malicious attacks by means of strict privacy rules, as it contains so-called “sensitive” information, but this data itself is not sufficiently interesting for the commercial market, except for statistical purposes on homogeneous population groups. What may be a real goldmine for the “web company” is another type of information: user’s ipseity. It is important to immediately remove the strong semantic ambiguity that weighs on the notion of identity. There are two distinct meanings…

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About Fabio Marzocca

I am an Electronic Engineer and for 20 years I was in the Aviation industry and services, leading private and government companies. In 2005 I co-founded the Italian Ubuntu Community, which I led for 6 years. During that time I was a Gnome Developer and I wrote the application Baobab (aka Disk Usage Analyzer) for GNOME. Linux advocate, Management Consultant, International Business Consultant, scientific lecturer, I held several conferences about Transdisciplinarity, Philosophy of Science and Anthropology. Writer and blogger, I also acted as a Cultural Intermediary for several artists.

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