ETel Coverage: Operators and Identity
by Moshe Yudkowsky
But I disagree with Lee about the role of telco operators in this ecosystem. First of all, while the telco operators can authenticate the SIM cards, they don't always authenticate the user. Secondly, I don't trust the telcos to manage the huge problems associated with lost credentials, name changes, and the like. A SIM card is a low-stakes identity credential -- you can get as many of them as you like. But if they become the basis of identity verification, the telcos will no doubt administer these systems with their typical compassion, customer service, and altruistic pricing models.
And, finally, I just can't see my local telco deciding if I'm allowed to claim that I am "toned."
|In short as I am in the conference listening - telcos have the opportunity to provide "identity anchorage" - they can provide some valuable assertions which can play a role in increasing trust between unknown persons which oils social networking apps....(very rough)|
I very much respect your opinion, and I urge all readers to read your comments, articles, and web pages.