When we centralise information for deduplication we run into challenges. First, what do we centralise. Second, who ‘governs’ that which is centralised.
From the Blog on Identity
When we decentralise we can’t ‘prove’ uniqueness across a population group. There appears to need a some sort of centralisation ability for this.
Is the natural destination of using biometrics that we no longer use people’s names? Perhaps we need to consider what it means to be seen, to be human.
Numbers are not data fields in your algorithmic software. They are sons, daughters, nephews, nieces, friends, and dreams. Numbers are not sterile.
Hopefully knowing who you are allows us to be more human. To see and be seen. If identity systems don’t, then we might as well be a number.
Digital identity systems work well for society if we start by figuring out how to ensure we those currently not identified can have identity documents.
Going digital does not work miracles. It tends to highlight what you already are and believe in – the good, bad, and ugly.
Communities have ‘rules’. They are bounded sets. We can choose to learn from different communities rather than commenting, comparing, and competing.
Attention, acceptance, and power tend to be innate human needs. We want to be seen and a sense of agency. This applies to our person and to our work.