Today, we're talking about identity. You own your identity, right? That's why we talk about identity theft: Identity is clearly personal, and it can be stolen from us. But it can also, in some cases, be legally taken. If you work at a modern business and you create relationships with people during that employment, it can be argued that, if those relationships are work-related, your employer owns them. But if you create a rich social profile that supports your work, say on Facebook or Twitter, it can be unclear whose identity, persona, or reputation that is.
Meanwhile, Facebook, and to a lesser extent Google, are becoming de facto universal electronic identity providers. You can log in to many new Web sites with nothing but a Facebook ID. So does Facebook own our identity?
To discuss these topics, we've identified two experts:
Dick Hardt is a champion of what he calls Identity 2.0: a user-centric identity architecture. Previously he worked on OpenID and OAuth and championed identity work at Microsoft. Currently he's working on: an "Address Book 2.0" personal productivity assistant.
Peter Kazanjy is co-founder of Honestly.com. Formerly Unvarnished, Honestly.com is a professional reputation and peer review Web site, where people can rate others in both an authenticated yet anonymous way.
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