For much of the 20th Century citizens and employees were given one set of keys. Keys to the front door! In addition to these keys they contributed numerous pieces of information that described elements of their identity to the company, to the banks and to Government. As we advanced our journey into the Internet era the proliferation in keys, identity charateristics and biometric checks continued to increase and we now entering a world of rich virtual personas. So now we have keys, passes, biometrics and behavioural analytics.
Everywhere our people go they are confronted by - who are you? What are you? Is that you?
The greater the intrusion of system behaviours upon human behaviour the greater the anxiety and fear applied to the human condition. The greater the anxiety and fear, the greater the propensity for human beings to evolve from one identity and to begin to adopt multiple identities in multiple real and virtual worlds environments.
So Edna of 21 Grace Road, Wimbeldon, who used to be very definately Edna 21 of Grace Road, Wimbeldon - could easily be pushed to psychological breaking point, where her fear drives her to begin running away from her lifelong true identity and into the arms of multiple identity fabrications.
Why wouldn't she do this if she were pushed to a point where she felt that her true identity had been stolen away from her, in effect losing ownership and thereby control over it. Why wouldn't she begin developing new identities, most of which were known only to her? Why wouldn't she want to keep some part of her secret - even if it were deliberately artificial? Why wouldn't she want to use both new and old virtualworld and realworld personas in the hope she might just avoid the thunderous army of identity theives on her tail?
Why wouldn't Edna choose "identity obscurity" instead of becoming someone elses "fixed data reference point".
Business Executives should consider rationalising identity systems within the organisation in order to ensure they are not contributing to employees choosing the path of "identity obscurity".