ZDNet: Why is your identity trapped inside a social network?

ZDNet: Why is your identity trapped inside a social network?. “The creators of the Internet didn’t finish the job, they didn’t create a personal protocol to give people control of their identities. As a result, humans on the Internet exist not as individuals but as the creation of social media databases that monopolize personal information.”

Boing Boing: Sidewalk Labs’ quiet plan for Canada’s banks to manage a national digital ID for health care and housing

Boing Boing: Sidewalk Labs’ quiet plan for Canada’s banks to manage a national digital ID for health care and housing. “I’m delighted to welcome Lilian Radovac back for another excellent piece on the digital surveillance shenanigans in Canada, which aren’t always as showy as their stateside counterparts, but are every bit as worrying. In this piece, Radovac reveals the buried plan for a finance-sector managed, all-surveilling National ID card buried in the latest massive wedge of largely unread documents from Google spin-out Sidewalk Labs (previously) that is building a controversial, privatised city-within-a-city in Toronto.”

TechCrunch: Who gets to own your digital identity?

TechCrunch: Who gets to own your digital identity?. “‘On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog,’ was stated in the legendary New York Times cartoon that captured the spirit of privacy and anonymity in the early days of the internet. Even though anonymity is still a hot topic and sought after in the online world, times have changed. With the rise of online banking, social media, e-commerce and peer-to-peer services, a verified digital identity is a crucial ingredient in making any digital platform succeed.”

The Next Web: Here’s how we take back control over our digital identities

The Next Web: Here’s how we take back control over our digital identities. “While it’s unlikely social media companies expected to be a custodian of millions of individuals’ personal data when they first got started, after the recent revelations, it’s clear that’s what Facebook, Google, and LinkedIn do today. Consumers have been rushing to reset passwords, disconnect services from Facebook, even shut down their social media accounts. And Google+ no longer exists in its previous form. Amid the chaos looms a larger set of questions: what is our digital identity? Who is the custodian of that information? And what rights do we, as citizens of the digital globe, have?”

Mashable: Inside the black market where people pay thousands of dollars for Instagram verification

Mashable: Inside the black market where people pay thousands of dollars for Instagram verification. “The product for sale isn’t a good or a service. It’s a little blue check designated for public figures, celebrities, and brands on Instagram. It grants users a prime spot in search as well as access to special features. More importantly, it’s a status symbol. The blue emblem can help people gain legitimacy in the business of influencer marketing and bestows some credibility within Instagram’s community of 700 million monthly active users. It cannot be requested online or purchased, according to Instagram’s policies. It is Instagram’s velvet rope.”

Vice: We Need to Make Digital Data That Dies Like Us

From Vice: We Need to Make Digital Data That Dies Like Us “Humans have a cool 200,000 years worth of experience in dealing with death, but we’re probably worse at it than ever. Technology circa 2016 makes it seem like such a violation—an unnaturalness. It’s not that death has ever been a good thing to happen, but maybe at certain points in the history of the species it has been more of a normal thing to happen than it is right now. Some large part of this abnormality is the existence of digital identities.”