Keywords: identity management, consumer IdM, privacy, emerging technologies, new technology, occurring futures, technology acceptance, digital identities, internet, world wide web, liability, scientific enquiry
Future vision of identity
This paper presents two possible visions of the future: one, where the status quo of consumer Identity Management (IdM) remains largely unaffected by the emerging technologies, and the other, where these new technologies gain popularity and widespread acceptance. More importantly, we give arguments that support both occurring futures. The object of this exercise is to try to enumerate those obstacles that lie in wait for the mainstream acceptance of any significant new approach to IdM before we can determine how they are overcome.