I am an ID

What happens to an identity when it is stored inside a database?

Our online identities are collaborations between user behavior and technology. Increasingly, computers speak on our behalf, representing our identities in configurations that are shaped by the technological systems through which they are communicated.

Given the rise of technologies that utilize identity, this project examines the role of persistence by considering:

  1. the ways in which users and technology collaborate in the creation of digital identities,
  2. the ways in which technology structures and stores these identities, and
  3. the social behaviors these identities enable.

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Brubaker, J. R. and Hayes, G. R. (2011). SELECT * FROM USER: Infrastructure and Socio-technical Representation. Proc CSCW 2011. Hangzhou, China. March 19–23, 2011. [Best Paper Nomination] [pdf]

Brubaker, J. R. (2009). I am an ID: Non/persisting our sociotechnical digital identities. M.A. thesis, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.