Identity, Privacy and Trust:


July 29, 2010  9:10 AM

Global village idiots

tobystevens tobystevens Profile: tobystevens
consent, incidents, privacy, pseudonymity

The open season on Facebook (1 Jan - 31 Dec, no sniping on Sundays or religious holidays) continues with the sort of vigour that the media normally reserves for footballers' wives and anyone who's ever been in a talent show. Facebook brought some of this...

February 27, 2008  11:01 AM

Turning security into a game of Trivial Pursuit

tobystevens tobystevens Profile: tobystevens
identity, privacy, pseudonymity

Many online and telephone services rely on asking daft personal questions to authenticate users, particularly when a password has been lost or an account locked out. It's quite common to rely on a mother's maiden name, first pet's name or other significant personal data to prove the identity of the...

February 19, 2008  8:00 AM

How many identities do I have?

tobystevens tobystevens Profile: tobystevens
identity, pseudonymity

I only have one identity. That’s me. I know who I am. You can’t steal it from me. But I use many personae, and the UK, like many ‘western’ nations, is built upon pseudonymity. For example, I have about a dozen pieces of plastic in my wallet. There is no direct link between the Toby that...

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