Exploring Digital Identity


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  • what is it? relationship between DI & IRL Privacy & Anonymity practicesDI = the persona we present across all digital communities It is often said that we leave our "digital footprint" behind as we share and interact online.
  • Not connected/limited by geography, space, time... but connected by our own ideas, passion, commitment via social media.
  • Understanding to INFORM our PRACTICE: as networked learners as educators (for our students)We must help students negotiate this!! i.e. Develop/manage identities, express opinions across academic & social spaces.Only way is by DOING it!
  • Elements of our DI include information that we create ourselves -- as well as information about us which is posted by others.
  • Who are you? And how to you construct YOU online?
  • We have to embrace play!Moodle/BB = students are themselvesTwitter / SN’s = anything they want to be  value here, but we must be willing to accept & engage.Web *IS* a place for play & experimentation... pseudonyms, avatars, different IDs in different placesWe *ALL* do this to a certain extent!We must allow our students to do the same.
  • OFFLINE = organic, physical, laws of physicsONLINE = technological, digital, laws of codingDifferent experiences of time/space, visibility & privacy
  • What *is* privacy?Is it closing the door? Is it closing the door to whom we wish, when we wish?The nature of digital artefacts is that it is very, very difficult to ensure the privacy of ANYthing online!Mark Zuckerberg, asserts that sharing or "public" is the new social norm.  Jeff Jarvis, author of Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live, acknowledges that fear accompanies the adoption of any new technology and notes that "we will make a lot of mistakes as we develop social norms around how to treat information online". Sherry Turkle, author of Alone Together, maintains that democracy requires that we retain a zone of privacy around the individual.danahboyd writes about being aware of an "invisible audience" -- defines 4 key characterisics of information (about us) which exist online. Persistent: recorded & archivedReplicable: can be duplicatedScalable: potential visibility is greatSearchable: accessible through searchPrivacy on Twitter – it doesn’t existPrivacy on Google+ ... set up circles... But they are leaky! Private posts can be shared Circles can be invited others (and others can do this!)
  • Identity is prismatic... in FB, identity is a mirror. Context collapses.Consolidating identity is actually distorting our identity.
  • It’s not the audience! It’s your context within the audience. American internet entrepreneur from NYC, noted for founding the websites 4chan and Canvas. He originally started 4chan anonymously, under the pseudonym moot.
  • 3 themes...Fascinating, is that these are very personal and individual considerations, that we negotiate daily -- as well as exploring them with our students. This puts this kind of teaching in a different realm to teaching effective research skills, for example.
  • Final quote from KF and NS...
  • Exploring Digital Identity

    1. 1. Image CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Frederic Poirot EXPLORING DIGITAL IDENTITYCatherine Cronin @catherinecronin #cel263 #NUIGalway 07/12/12
    2. 2. “I don‟t thinkeducation is aboutcentralized instructionanymore; rather,it is the process [of]establishing oneselfas a node in a broadnetwork of distributedcreativity.”– Joichi Ito (2011) @Joi Image: CC BY-NC-
    3. 3. “NETWORKED PUBLICS” space constructed the imagined collective through which emergesnetworked technologies (people + tech + practice) danah boyd @zephoria Image: CC BY-NC 2.0 Roo Reynolds
    4. 4. Educators need to pay attention tosocial networking sites as important forthe social construction of identity,including personal, social, and learneridentity. Keri Facer & Neil Selwyn (2010) Rethinking Learning for a Digital Age
    5. 5. digital identity= who you are online by about you you
    6. 6. what is the GAP between ouronline & offline selves? Image CC BY-NC 2.0 tanakawho
    7. 7. Image CC BY-NC-ND Will Foster
    8. 8. digital dualismphysical world digital world „REAL’ ‘VIRTUAL’
    9. 9. Christian Payne @documentally Images CC BY-NC-SA Documentally on Flickr
    10. 10. Identity construction involvesidentity play! Image CC BY-NC 2.0 maria clara de melo
    11. 11. ...our reality is both technological and organic,both digital and physical, all at once. We are notcrossing in and out of separate digital andphysical realities, a la The Matrix, but instead livein one reality, one that is augmented by atomsand bits. Nathan Jurgenson (2011) @nathanjurgenson Digital Dualism versus Augmented Reality
    12. 12. It is wrong to say “IRL” to mean offline:Facebook is real life. Nathan Jurgenson (2012) The IRL Fetish
    13. 13. Image CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Scott Wolf 46137@marloft @pamelaaobrien @catherinecronin @saorog @gravesle
    14. 14. Image: corners311
    15. 15. privacy CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Frank
    16. 16. Understanding and Managing Identity Online real name any name photo photo/avatar ONE identity unlimited Ids identity-based interest-driven
    17. 17. It’s not who you share with,but who you share as. Chris Poole @moot (2011) High Order Bit Image CC BY-NC 2.0 redmaxwell
    18. 18. digital identity privacy authenticity
    19. 19. Learners need to practice and experiment withdifferent ways of enacting their identities, andadopt subject positions through different socialtechnologies and media.These opportunities can only be supported byacademic staff who are themselves engagedin digital practices and questioning their ownrelationship with knowledge. - Keri Facer & Neil Selwyn (2010) Rethinking Learning for a Digital Age
    20. 20. Thank you! @catherinecronincatherine.cronin@nuigalway.ie www.slideshare.net/cicronin
    21. 21. Digital Identity resourcesExploring digital identity with our students (2012) by Catherine Cronin(@catherinecronin)Social network sites as networked publics (2010) by danah boyd (@zephoria)Digital identities: Six key selves of networked publics (2012) by Bonnie Stewart(@bonstewart)Digital dualism and the fallacy of web objectivity (2012) by Nathan Jurgenson(@nathanjurgenson)You are not your name and photo: A call to reimagine identity (2011), Wiredarticle by Tim Carmody (@tcarmody)The case for anonymity online (2010) TED Talk by Christopher “moot” Poole(@moot)We, our digital selves, and us – YouTube video (2012) by Alan Levine(@cogdog)Social Media Literacies syllabus (2012) by Howard Rheingold (@hrheingold)