Why are we spending effort on walling off bigger and bigger spaces on the Internet, and giving everyone a federated ID when what we want is more social media: sharing information, participation and communication?  This question was posed today by one of the participants in Det Digitale Trøndelag (e-collaboration for the public sector in Trøndelag).

Why is identity a necessary part of building the social media?  Social media (and web 2.0) is social because we have the ability to share information using different relations and services.  Relations to other people is normally dependent on identity services to function.  Facebook uses the consept of “friends” to select who gets to see your information, where Twitter use the “follow” function to determine what appears on you personal tweet.

The Internet part of life gets bigger and more interactive.  Transcending the passive consumer status requires the ability for both people and computer systems to read, write, collaborate and determine relevance.

People Computer Systems
Read Data import
Write Data export
Collaborate Exchange data, establish secure communications
Discover information Capability negotiation
Determine what is relevant Personalization, authorization
Trust Security