What is Online Identity?

Online identity is the idea that everything interacting in the digital realm has or acquires a set of data or attributes, both inherent and changeable, that uniquely identify them as a person or entity online. Relevant to issues of privacy and authentication, digital identity encompasses a wide array of contextual and technical identifiers that exist in a ontological taxonomy. Traits can be understood and accepted in mutually agreed upon contexts such as when providing data like name and address for a PayPal transaction, and in the far more technical view that describes the relationships of these entities and objects to each other in cyberspace. Another dimension of this topic is the persona one forges through their online profiles and avatars, specifically on social media.

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

virtual reality and virtual lab work are being used in Ed., and creation of an online identity is important- jmorrison jmorrison Apr 8, 2016
  • In a digital age economy, (management of) our online identities is an imperative skill. Fundamentals of digital citizenship are at the center of this concept - understanding our rights and responsibilities in digital communities, and also developing our understandings of how digital rights, identities, and personas interact with corporeal ones is essential to being a good digital citizen. The issues can be complicated - for example, how to manage a personal Facebook account vis-a-vis work colleagues - and do not always have clean answers. What is essential, though, is helping children and adults stay current with evolving technological trends, issues of privacy and identify, cyber-safety and security, and other issues that inform our online identities. - brandon.olszewski brandon.olszewski Apr 25, 2016 - davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Apr 25, 2016
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • I think that the concept of digital citizenship is, fundamentally, the schema that describes an actor's responsible response to managing online identities. Focusing on the solution helps maintain an optimistic outlook, and emphasizes the importance of adaptation and building capital (personal and social) in a complicated world. - brandon.olszewski brandon.olszewski Apr 25, 2016
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

  • Massive! How many web-based accounts do we all have? Many! Helping people develop their fluency with these topics is critical so that they can successfully manage their work, social, and private/personal lives. - brandon.olszewski brandon.olszewski Apr 25, 2016
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