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Trust, Autonomy, Privacy and Agency

It's 30 seconds long and nails it.



Decentralized identity startup Spruce wants to help users control their sign-in data.

Chang sees “sign-in with Ethereum” and Kepler as the two main products Spruce plans to develop using the new funding, he said. “Sign-in with Ethereum,” in particular, is likely to be a catalyst for Spruce’s growth, he added.

Music to my ears …


4Privacy is another interesting site found by the inimitable Doc Searls.

Looks like they are launching via Kickstarter- as of writing;

13,052 backers pledged $604,985 to help bring this project to life.


A Hot New Watch

A hot new watch from IDZ ... or is it?

They call it 'The Identity Watch'. The web site reads more as a manifesto for privacy, data security and identity, I love it!

The Identity Watch

What Is The Watch?

  • An Identifier - To allow you to identify with different services
  • An Authenticator - To increase the value of your ZINDEX and the security of your ID
  • A Health tracker - To allow you to track all your fitness data in the health

via Doc Searls

By the way - if you want one, even they say it's expensive and the buy button takes you to Open Sea (according to their web site / he first and largest NFT Market Place) ... get your crypto ready!

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The Seven Laws of Identity

The Seven Laws of Identity - Kim Cameron

Introduced in 2004 by Kim Cameron

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Not exactly an 'update' from Doc Searls, but definitely a link with reading, remembering Kim who passed at the end of last year.

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The People First Community

Community mind you ... not Network - is a yet to be developed space/application that will serve to provide a fabric that wraps so many people, organizations, books, papers, applications etc. My observation is that in any initiative you find parallel organizations that seem to relate and compete and yet essentially are discussing the same topic. Think 'not-for-profits' fighting each other for the same funding to solve the same problem.

People First is not the only organization in this space - so in one sense we are another node on the network. No argument. BUT. What will do is provide a network map of anybody and everybody related to and working with the challenges we are identifying.

Example of a Dynamically Generated Interactive Network Map

No need to click through by the way - nothing there - yet - move along. It for the moment remains the vision.

DigLife and Generative Identity

Once such organization, lead by Philip Sheldrake is The DigLife Collective - of which yours truly is a founder member. Their observation says it all;


DigLife Collective

DigLife has in turn recently spawned another initiative that explores Generative Identity. It's new thinking that I wanted to capture now. It's an important message. To me the first time that I am aware of the world of technology that in talking about identity, they are not just talking about the 'ID' - but also starting to think of the 'entity' of Identity.

For those keeping track, you will recall that it is a significant stone in the People First canon.

ID and Entity are the two sides of Identity
From The Generative Identity Site

Whenever we contemplate human dignity and well-being, social inclusion and equity, economics, education, democratic process, peace and justice, whenever we contemplate many of the sustainable development goals and corresponding targets, we inevitably contemplate the question of human identity in the digital age.

Anyone who has worked on projects in areas such as these will vouch that questions of identity are integral to their research, their analyses, and their designs.

The term generative identity is used to refer to research and thinking and designs that prioritise psychological, sociological, and ecological health in their approach to digital identity. The interdisciplinary working group on generative identity exists to encourage such work and, by corollary, to highlight the innate dangers of approaches to digital identity that do not qualify as generative.

Funny, just today, I published the weekly newsletter referencing a quote from Douglas Adams. There must be something in the ether. Over on the DigLife site, I found this image of dolphins.

Dolphins By Courtnie Tosana
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Ian Grigg On Identity

I think that is the opportunity and in five years time we'll know whether we got the mega-corporations holding my identity or whether we managed to take it back.

Ian Grigg - October 2015.

The five years are just about up and I think if the 'megacorps' have not won - they are about to. Is it too late?

Three years ago he wrote: Identity is an edge protocol, and not a nodal protocol. (pdf)

Identity Newsletter


Always revealing differences. Often adding new facets. 
To know the reflection is to understand the subject.
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Ditch The Binary – Redux

As I finished this short post, I headed out to the 'google-web-net' to see if I could find a suitable and representative image. I was failing unitl I focussed on 'Redux'. The images associated with Redux are highly Redux oriented, with a high degree of focus on their logo. What you might expect, given the name - but this is not about what they do. So I kept looking and discovered this.
Let go of everything or anything and breathe.

It's as if Karin Edgett read my mind. The image was perfect and the words so in tune with my thoughts, that I couldn't resist.

My entry 'let go of everything or anything and breathe' is part of a series of paintings and haiku exploring infinity in it's transformative sense.

Karin Edgett

Back On Topic

Interesting to read this post from Doc Searls today - which also happens to be his birthday.

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On Aging


I’m very much a Darwinian. This means I must ask myself questions like ‘How come all surviving cultures until modern time have been based on religion?’ and I draw the conclusion that religion has somehow helped people and civilizations to survive.

In the same way I ask ‘how come all sexually reproducing forms of life age (unlike e.g. amoebas, or yeast)?’ and its the same conclusion - in different words now: ‘if there has ever been a sexually reproducing species that did not age, they have not survived to tell the story’. Have there existed such failed species, then? I’m suggesting that its likely, because (unless I’m misinformed) aging is a ‘feature’.

Around the age of 45 the human body ’switches on’ aging, or rather, it switches off the function that keeps us young. Much of the research today is (unless I’m misinformed) about how to keep the stay-young-function ON. 

To be provocative - the ambition to stop aging can be seen as disrespectful of the wisdom of Darwinian nature and it has a slant toward man-made creationism.

It’s not going to end well, in each case. 

David Nordfors

It struck me as so very right - little to argue with, so recording for posterity!

RelBasil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry is what the world thinks of me: Dorian is what I would like to be.

Oscar Wilde

Related Links

The Picture Of Dorian Gray - the book is on this list.

Darwin on Aging Theory

Why hasn’t evolution dealt with the inefficiency of ageing?