Unlike Us #3 - Social Media: Design or Decline
Session 3: Political Economy of Social Networks: Art & Practice
Tobias Leingruber (DE) - The Future of Identity in a Digital World
Conference Day #1 (22 March 2013)
With more than 1 billion (monthly active) users Facebook is the dominant identity system on the web. When signing up for new services around the open web it’s quite common and sometimes mandatory these days to use ‘Facebook Connect’ instead of creating a new and independent user account. People stop ranting on blog comments because those only allow comments connected to a ‘real name’ or ‘Facebook identity’—‘til the end of time. For the good or bad we are losing anonymity and Facebook Inc. is establishing order in our digital world. The project “Social ID Bureau” draws a possible near future of Facebook Inc. actually giving-out ‘real life’ passports (socialidbureau.com). Leingruber will give an overview on this project, the vision and where we are today. How is Facebook Inc. already controlling our digital identities and influencing our everyday lives? Where are the issues and what are the opportunities?