January 21, 2004







You Are Your Digital Identity...

...so what does that mean?

Increasingly, our actions are tracked, catalogued, and stored in a database. But the law lags far behind our ability to create digital representations of ourselves. The issues raised are nuanced. our coverage should be as well.

While much of our identity can be found in data, it is conforting to know that parts of our humanity can not yet be described by machines.

In the digital realm, as we are learning, the natural connections between an actual person and his or her real world identity or signifier is much harder to preserve.

Mary Hodder is a Master's candidate in UC Berkeley's School of Information Management.

Mary Hodder, on covering digital identity.



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