Some interesting information on what can be done with the current DNA testing capabilities. Just a little sample can identify you and provide some leads on those who came before you. What are all the ways this capability will be used in the future? It’s not difficult to imagine scenarios with serious privacy implications especially when more sophistication in obtaining samples sereptiously are developed.
The implications of Digital IDs have primarily received focus from a legal and technology perspective without enough analysis regarding the sociological implications. Little wonder that a lot of work remains to be done in making it simple and being able to win a contest for the average Joe between the Internet way and the old way (like Yahoo Internet life used to do).
Depersonalization on the Internet is an important problem – is there an avatar in your future?
Place your bets for the software that is going to help management online identity. Is it Microsoft infocards, Tivoli Access Manager Enterprise SSO, or some combination of open source initiatives?
We have just begun.
There is growing recognition of the need for strong authentication and the important and dare I say leading role for cryptography as part of the solution. Still for widespread deployment simplicity robustness and cost issues need to be addressed.