What is Digital Identity?


Digital identity management focuses on enabling users to create a single digital identity that can be used in any place where a log-in is required to access a website or service. It is not a single technology, but a group of related technologies and ideas. In the simplest terms, one’s digital identity is a method that allows recognition any place where a log-in is needed. A variety of different systems are being developed, and though they have the same broad purpose of creating a sign-on system that is convenient and secure for an individual rather than a company or organization, ideas about what precisely defines a user-centric identity system and how that would be implemented are still widely varied. Both Google and Facebook are positioning their systems to be the “home” of one’s digital identity.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • Teaching students the meaning/value of digital footprint and being a digital citizen. We've often taught courses built around our ethic background (What does it mean to be an American citizen?). We also have taught classes about different cultures...now what is the digital culture, what is my digital make-up, what are my responsibilities as a contributor to our digital landscape and ecosystem, etc. - michael.lambert michael.lambert Sep 1, 2013
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on STEM+ education?

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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

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