Closed Identity

Posted to on (week 2116).

The centralization of online identity angers me for two reasons.

First, centralization concentrates power and we all know how that goes. It’s also brittle and I really, really want the global internet to be as resilient as possible.

Second, I spent so much effort around 2007 trying to convince my telecom clients they needed to get to this first by capitalizing on the dwindling social weight of phone numbers with a transition path. But executives in both shrugged with “Facebook is just a website.”

Neither my socialist nor capitalist side can win.