The case for true identity providers

One of the biggest problems in the digital world is that people can do stuff anonymously. Especially for large public networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram this is a huge problem. People cannot be held accountable for the sometimes very bad actions they take.

On some networks, you have to provide your true identity. The identity is checked by means of passport, credit card, mugshot and other means. This is mostly only done on financial networks such as banks and brokerage systems.

What if we would just ban all identity providers who can’t prove true identity? Which can’t be traced back to a real person or legal entity?

The technology and legal bodies are available.

If all important digital networks would just only accept users with real identities (backed by either an open source initiative or governments) the world would be a much better place.

3 Comments

  1. From a social network point of view I agree with you.
    From a privacy viewpoint I can see some issues. Traceability from all your online activity to your natural person would be a goldmine for marketeers and malicious hackers, maybe even burglars who know how to follow social networks.

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    1. True, but the identities should be stored safely and the identity providers should only provide the TrueId (without personally identifyable information). This would also mean that the Facebooks and Gmails of the world could actually not be identity providers. The network and identity features should be separate entities.
      And we are already goldmines for marketeers. Especially if you are stupid enough to store all kinds of personal information in your public profiles.
      Burglars and hackers already know how to find us, because we are stupid enough to store and post all kinds of PII 😉
      Anyhow, I think by separating identity from network we could tackle this.

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