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  • Technical – something that can be stolen O would some power the giftie gie us to see ourselves as others see us. Rabbie Burns
  • . Persistence. What you say sticks around. This is great for asynchronicity, not so great when everything you've ever said has gone down on your permanent record. The bits-wise nature of social media means that a great deal of content produced through social media is persistent by default. 2. Replicability. You can copy and paste a conversation from one medium to another, adding to the persistent nature of it. This is great for being able to share information, but it is also at the crux of rumor-spreading. Worse: while you can replicate a conversation, it's much easier to alter what's been said than to confirm that it's an accurate portrayal of the original conversation. This is the cornerstone of bullying. 3. Searchability. My mother would've loved to scream search into the air and figure out where I'd run off with friends. She couldn't; I'm quite thankful. But with social media, it's quite easy to track someone down or to find someone as a result of searching for content. Search changes the landscape, making information available at our fingertips. This is great in some circumstances, but when trying to avoid those who hold power over you, it may be less than ideal. 4. Scalability. Social media scales things in new ways. Conversations that were intended for just a friend or two might spiral out of control and scale to the entire school or, if it is especially embarrassing, the whole world. Of course, just because something can scale doesn't mean that it will. Politicians and marketers have learned this one the hard way. And what does scale is often totally humiliating. This was learned by the kid with the light saber. Of course, for those who have been watching the Interwebz these days, you might have been pleased to watch the Susan Boyle meme take off. It's nice to have moments where the world seems kind and self-reflective, isn't it? 5. (de)locatability. With the mobile, you are dislocated from any particular point in space, but at the same time, location-based technologies make location much more relevant. This paradox means that we are simultaneously more and less connected to physical space.
  • Lots of web services Lots of passwords – Open ID?
  • Authenticity? Anonymity/Role-play
  • Voyeurism
  • Democracy? Hidden power structure Democracy? Hidden power structures, cliques
  • Clashing contexts, invisible audiences
  • Acquisti, A. & Gross, R. (2006) Imagined communities : Awareness, information sharing, and privacy on the Facebook. Retrieved 20 February 2008 from 2006.
  • Digital Identity

    1. 1. Distribute This: online identity, presence & practice Frances Bell
    2. 2. Perspectives on identity <ul><li>Identity has always been mutable </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflexive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emergent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relational </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. persistent replicable searchable scalable (de)locatable Impact of digital
    4. 5. Examples of ‘communities’ that foster digital identities <ul><li>JISC Emerge </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Associated with JISC programme, now archived </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ALT-C Crowdvine ? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ephemeral (weeks not forever) export to address book </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maximising impact of f2f events by pre-/post- interaction </li></ul></ul>
    5. 6. An ‘alt’ perspective on how we might experience/use these technologies… Helen keegan
    6. 7. Authenticity? PR of the self Anonymity Roleplay
    7. 8. Voyeurism
    8. 9. Democracy? Hidden power structure?
    9. 10. Clashing contexts Invisible audiences Blurring boundaries
    10. 11. Credits <ul><li>  mask cc-licensed by flyzipper </li></ul><ul><li>Digital identity mapping by Fred Cavazza </li></ul><ul><li>Self portrait :shadow play S_A_M </li></ul>
    11. 12. Managing online presence Josie Fraser
    12. 13. Imagined Communities <ul><li>“ … significant misconceptions in members’ perceptions and awareness of the scope and openness of the network and the visibility and public availability of their profiles. Members in the study thought their information was far more private than it actually was, and misjudged the numbers of people they were making personal information available to.” </li></ul><ul><li>Acquisti, A. & Gross, R. (2006) Imagined communities </li></ul>
    13. 14. Josie Fraser
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    15. 19. Josie Fraser