Towards the eCitizen

        MIT Media Lab

       15 January 2009

        Paul Trevithick
         paul@azigo.com
   ht...
Why an eCitizen?
Being carbon-based we
can’t to connect to the
        Internet

So we work through
   “user agents”
 e.g. Web Browser, mail
      clients, etc.
Problem is…
We don’t know who is
 using which agent!
So anybody can claim
      anything


  But what’s claimed
(e.g. typed into a web form)
  can’t be trusted a
        prior...
“On the Internet, nobody knows
         you’re a dog”
But what if dogs could
         vote?
The dog would need a trusted
 user agent that can send the
verified claim “I am a dog” on
          its behalf
The dog would need an eDog that
can send the “I am a dog” claim
         on its behalf
i.e. an eCitizen

 [If you’re not quite
following along here]
Identity is
   consequential
How do we protect the dog
      from reprisal?
Verified Claims + Anonymity
Identity is Contextual

   We present different
    faces in different
         contexts
Multiple identities
Around a Common
Core managed by
    the eDog
Identity is valuable

   But so is privacy
We need
  minimal,
 selective
disclosure
Identity is composite

and socially constructed
    It’s what I say about
   myself AND what others
         say about me
Composite identities
Oh, and it’s my eDog
       We need Zero lock-in

 (e.g. open standards, competitive
    ecosystem of eDog providers,
    ...
Requirements
•    eCitizen [trusted user agent]
•    Verified claims
•    Identifiability AND anonymity
•    Multiple iden...
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  1. 1. Towards the eCitizen
 MIT Media Lab
 15 January 2009 Paul Trevithick paul@azigo.com http://incontextblog.com
  2. 2. Why an eCitizen?
  3. 3. Being carbon-based we can’t to connect to the Internet

  4. 4. So we work through “user agents” e.g. Web Browser, mail clients, etc.
  5. 5. Problem is…
  6. 6. We don’t know who is using which agent!
  7. 7. So anybody can claim anything
 But what’s claimed (e.g. typed into a web form) can’t be trusted a priori
 In other words…
  8. 8. “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog”
  9. 9. But what if dogs could vote?
  10. 10. The dog would need a trusted user agent that can send the verified claim “I am a dog” on its behalf
  11. 11. The dog would need an eDog that can send the “I am a dog” claim on its behalf
  12. 12. i.e. an eCitizen [If you’re not quite following along here]
  13. 13. Identity is consequential How do we protect the dog from reprisal?
  14. 14. Verified Claims + Anonymity
  15. 15. Identity is Contextual We present different faces in different contexts
  16. 16. Multiple identities
  17. 17. Around a Common Core managed by the eDog
  18. 18. Identity is valuable But so is privacy
  19. 19. We need minimal, selective disclosure
  20. 20. Identity is composite
 and socially constructed It’s what I say about myself AND what others say about me
  21. 21. Composite identities
  22. 22. Oh, and it’s my eDog We need Zero lock-in (e.g. open standards, competitive ecosystem of eDog providers, distributed architecture)
  23. 23. Requirements •  eCitizen [trusted user agent] •  Verified claims •  Identifiability AND anonymity •  Multiple identities •  Composite identities •  Core identity managed by agent •  Selective, minimal disclosure •  Zero lock-in: –  open standards, –  competitive ecosystem of eDog providers –  open source implementations –  distributed architecture

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