Metaverse Identity on the Blockchain
Philip Rosedale
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VR seems like a natural fit for experimenting with nyms.

It would be awesome if you could use vocabulary common to the field, though.

A person uses a pseudonym, like an avatar name or email address or user name -- or blockchain ID -- which is persistent over time but not their real name.

A person is anonymous when they use a throw away name, or no identifier at all, for a session where they expect not to be associated with any prior or future history.

These distinguishing characteristics are important to having meaningful discussions of online identity. They are why the #nymwars were *nym wars rather than anonymity or pseudonymity fights -- both have their places (but anonymity is much more rare).

Confusing matters, social anonymity (logging in without an ID) is different from network anonymity (reaching a site without being traceable to your originating IP address, as in the use of Tor) is different from various forms of privacy.

When you talk about the web being “read only,” you ignore a whole hive of web bugs, beacons, cookies, and trackers that can phone home with phenomenal amounts of your information -- many well into the territory of malware.

When you consider VR security, all these nuances and considerations need to go in.

Shava Nerad

Shava Suntzu, in SL, CEO Oddfellow Studios, long retired

Founding exec dir, The Tor Project, long retired