Functional Identity 101

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Functional Identity 101

Tuesday Lunch B

Convener: Joe Andrieu

Notes-taker(s): Joe Andrieu

Discussion notes, key understandings, outstanding questions, observations, and, if appropriate to this discussion: action items, next steps:

Functional Identity 101

Joe Andrieu, PMP

Internet identity workshop XXVI

April 2018

Functional Identity

Approach to understanding, discussing, engineering identity

HOW identity works

HOW people use it

NOT Functional Identity

Who you ARE? Who I AM?

These are philosophical, psychological, meta-physical, cultural, political questions

We are engineers & system designers

What’s the function?

NOT Functional Identity

Compositional identity

Identity as set of attributes

“Identities” as digital assets

“Identities” as independent actors

Identity >> Digital Identity

We are more than our digital record

Digital Identity is a tool

Identities are cross-context

Stop treating digital identities in isolation

ISO/IEC 24760-1 got it wrong

"set of attributes related to an entity"

Functional Definition

Identity is how we recognize, remember, and respond to specific people and things, including ourselves.



> Subjects

> Identifiers

> Attributes

> Raw Data

> Context


> Acquire

> Correlate

> Reason

> Apply

> Govern

Alternative Terminology

> People

> Names

> Knowledge

> Observations

> Situations


> Collect

> Relate

> Consider

> Use

> Control


Joe Andrieu, PMP


Do what matters.