Thoughts on Keybase
2014-667rhzu3dc-lists-groups at riseup.net
Mon Jan 5 03:44:00 CET 2015
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On Monday 15 December 2014 at 6:40:22 PM, in
<mid:548F2B16.1030703 at sixdemonbag.org>, Robert J. Hansen wrote:
> knowing that person
> is also "the person who bought a bagel at a
> delicatessen yesterday" and "the person who's driven a
> Peugeot to work every day for the last three years" and
> "the person who for the last several years has lived at
> this address" all builds up to give us a sense of *what
> choices this person has made* (agency) and *over what
> time frame these choices have been made* (time).
To me, that sounds far too invasive to be comfortable.
> Once we have a concept of agency over time, that by
> itself is an identity. A legal name specifies an
> agent, but not an identity. Identity requires history.
> A track record. A paper trail, as it were.
I like that as a working desciption of Identity. But the track record
does not need to be as all-encompassing as you describe above. I have
a natural pre-disposition to not disclose "Fractions of an identity"
that are not relevant to the specific identity enquiry.
> For instance, visit this website:
> You'll see a list of several "what I can do"s. Key
> 0xD6B98E10 has been used to sign a tweet containing an
> assertion of identity: "I am Rob Hansen, robertjhansen
> on Twitter." Thereby, key 0xD6B98E10 has been bound
> to my Twitter social-media identity . You can pull
> this tweet down from Twitter's own servers and verify
> the statement yourself; you don't have to take
> keybase's word for it. (In fact, you probably
> *should* verify it for yourself.)
> Likewise, I've made similar statements of identity for
> my GitHub account and for a couple of web pages I run.
> These disparate activities comprise a record of things
> I have done (agency) over a time period (time), which
> is ... identity.
I know people who tend towards presenting a single blended identity,
and people who compartmentalise the facets of their life as separate
"fractions". I guess keybase is not a good "fit" for the latter group.
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