IoTday 2021

23/02/2021 - 14:03

The world is growing connected, linking people, animals and machines closer together. If we want to learn more from each other we should learn to talk more. In order to talk we need a language and we need to know who we are talking to. That is why IoTday 2021 is all about Identity.

Calling out to a person on the street you call him by name as Althusser showed. You do not turn if someone yells 'Hey you'.  Addressing your router and connected objects should be similar, why can't they have your surname in the home and a disposable identity if someone pings them from the outside? Let's get some creativity in this naming space.

This IoTDay IoT Council is calling for good stories, ideas and projects that for example can bring the disposable identity program to the masses.

We believe that the day is not far off when all people will have some tool, call it a wallet, a router, a phone, a crypto mining device (maybe all of that) that runs all computation locally on that device and gives out only contextual, time-limited and scope-based information; a companion to assist you in educating yourself and others in living together on a small planet that is tumbling about in vast space. In fact, the 1976 novel Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy, describes this tool in her ‘utopia’ of a society combining local bio food and resilient communities running on high tech renewables and distributed ledgers provisioning services. Maybe it was not a utopia but just a vision? She calls the device a kenner.

Now is also a good time to get political theorists and historians involved. We need a deeper granularity. Is it not important to understand that 237BC the first Chinese emperor drew up a population register whereas civil registration was introduced in the Netherlands during Napoleons rule from 1794? That models of how normality is defined in everyday life are shifting with every new shift in the relationships between data and information? That Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins were part of a group of authors called the Sensationalists whose writing were full of merging of 'fact' and 'fiction' and the main problem was always a missing 'document' crucial to someones reputation and standing? How logical as the mid 1860s was also the time when many people moved to the cities. No longer were you known by all the villagers as the son from the baker. You are in the city now. You need to 'prove' who you are. You need credentials from trusted parties. Who to trust? And who are those who trust the ones that you are supposed to trust? 

Was that not the the exact time that we started to outsource the actual procedures to determine who to trust? Yes, that is when for example the professional police entered the scene. In the village we had time to ascertain who was who as we would ask him and her or the bystander, or walk someone to the pub they claimed everyone would recognize an old friend. As things sped up in the city and people were to many we need credentials for shortcuts (Show me your papers!) and professionals to outsource any poten till conflict too.

As we enter a new era we need to rethink and renovate both: credentials and conflict resolution.

 

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