Cards, Agents or Avatars

Infocards is a much needed development for simplifying and unifying the security and privacy interactions that people are starting to have online.

Although this is a much needed step and a challenge enough in itself to propagate and refine I can’t help but think that what is ultimately needed is not just a card but an agent that implements policies that align with user and enterprise requirements. Despite some early difficulties with animated character helpers maybe what will eventually become adopted by a significant group of people who have more complicated interactions online is to use a trusted advisor avatar.

Despite the fascination that identity security and privacy issues hold for people in the field, the average Joe “just isn’t that into you security” and many may prefer to delegate. The challenge will be to have enough involvement by users that there is informed consent.

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