This article explains the creation of various social media sights leading people to creating secret online identities. Certain websites are being created that make it very simple for people to hide their true identity on the internet. The article explained that it’s hard to hide certain things about ourselves in person, but online, it very simple, so people take advantage of that. Creating an online identity allows people to express things that they don’t want a certain audience to hear. They can also confess certain things to an audience that they know will be supportive of them. The article highlighted creating an online identity doesn’t mean changing everything about yourself, but more so picking and choosing what you want people to know about you and choosing the audience you are exposing yourself to. I chose this article because is emphasized why people get so invested in there online identities. The article carefully explained that the reasons why online identities are so important and appealing to many people, including young teens. This article not only explained why people love creating online identities, but why some people are skeptical about putting information online. Certain online services wish to have users sign in with one ID, putting all their history into one account. This can be scary to some people. For example, if somebody trusts a company and shares information with them, this then becomes knowledge to another company. The author did a great job at emphasizing how one must establish trusting relationships with these sites before you decide to share certain information with them. Seeing different prospectives on online identities allowed for me so easily see the pros and the cons. This article relates to what we are currently talking about in class because the last article we just read, Who Owns the Digital You by Tim Chambers, mentioned how online identities lead to giving up privacy. Although we may feel like it’s a good idea to give out information on the internet to a reliable source, we our giving up our privacy. Websites are taking away our freedom in order to benefit themselves. Just as mentioned in, The Online Identity Crisis, the more information we give out to create an online identity for ourselves, the more history the web has of us, tracking our every move.
I thought this article was interesting because it went through the process of verifying ones identity in person versus on the internet. I chose it because it broke down the components of an online identity, which made me realize theres more to it than I thought. It also brings awareness to the negative effects of online identities. Because technology is heavily relied on, things such as transactions and data collection are being done on devices like computers. Large amounts of information are being held on the internet with limited privacy, so things such as identity theft and fraud are occurring. Our identity is used for several tasks, but we often get lost in what identity really means. This article helped to break down this concept. For example, it stated that identity is the collection of information that describe ones entity which can be divided up into three main entities, assets, individuals, and legal entities. These are things that I was not aware of before reading reading the article. It also introduced the concept of an identity system, which has four key roles: users, identity providers, relying parties, and governance body. I chose this article mainly because it presented information that many people, including myself, our unaware of when it comes to online identities. In an organized way, it broke down the components of an identity and reflected on what one’s identity really means. This also relates to what we are currently talking about in class because we just discussed how many of us do things on the internet without understand how it really works. For example, we say yes to privacy conditions we don’t really understand. That relates to this article because we give the internet information about our identity without really realizing all our identity can be used for. Websites typically don’t tell us that we are at risk for somebody stealing our identity online, which this article mentioned as “fraud”. So, we give the internet the information it requests without really thinking about the consequences. However, these consequences still exists, and we are putting ourselves at great risk.