A conversation with Phil Windley about identity in the real and virtual worlds

The multi-talented Phil Windley joins me for today's podcast, which was prompted by my recent experience with an expired passport, lost birth certificate, and misplaced social security card. As an author, university professor, InfoWorld contributor, and of course former state CIO, Phil has an excellent understanding of identity regimes in the real world, in the virtual world, and at the intersection of the two.

Topics include the Real ID initiative, the varying security purposes served by identity documents, U.S. and non-U.S. attitudes toward national identification and privacy, selective disclosure, identity rights agreements, the communication gap between technologists and policymakers, and the ways in which organic means of identification can complement technological means.

It's always a pleasure to speak with Phil. I hope that this conversation will be useful not only within the tech community but also more broadly. As Phil notes, our current identity regime has happened largely by default, and the next one will too unless we can help everyone make sense of the issues and opportunities.

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