Hello and welcome to the support site for our on-line seminar, “On-line identity”. This is the third in our series of “Digital One Days” this year. This seminar series has formed the basis for the development of a new on-line course which will be launched by OCSLD next year, Community, Identity and Practice.

The seminar will be held on:

Wednesday 20 July 2010


We will be using the Big Blue Button audiographic environment. The link is on the right side menu.

Here on this site you will find links to the programme, references and to the presenters.

On the left you will find a collection of bookmarked websites which are relevant to our discussion. The list of references is available in bibliography format in the link to References.

Identity, like community, can be seen from several perspectives, which are interrelated, for example: technical, forensic, developmental, deviant, social and common-sense. Technical identity has to do with access to IT and other systems. It may have to do with authentication, permissions, verification, persistence in and across sessions, and non-repudiation.  Technical identity deals with tokens such as user names and swipe cards. These tokens may (but do not need to be) associated with a body through biometrics of some form (signature, photo, fingerprint, iris-scan, etc). Forensic (police) identity has to do with monitoring and controlling certain behaviours; it is related to technical identity: movement of physical people (immigration, passport, ID cards), certain permissions (drivers licences), and insurability (licences to practice). Forensic identity is always trying to relate tokens to bodies and holds a body to be a single repository responsible for its identity, whether unitary, fragmented or multiple. As Harré puts it, there is a “… clear indication that bodily continuity plays a primary role when the cases become difficult.” (Foucault 1977, p.35; Harré 1983, p.35)

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