Tag: identity

  • The Pitfalls of Facebook’s “Social Authentication”

    [Dan Wineman shoves a hot poker up the ass][link] of Facebook’s “social authentication”: >Captchas don’t verify identity. “Social authentication” challenges based on public information — especially information that the service itself provides, for free, to anyone who asks — don’t do that either. The problem with “social authentication” is that second word, there. Facebook’s calling…

  • “The kid who doesn’t exist”

    [In-depth reporting from the Indianapolis Star about an 18-year-old with no official identity][link]. Almost sounds like the premise for a Philip K Dick story. Since he doesn’t have a social security number he can’t get a driver’s license, part-time job, or qualify for financial aid programs for college. [link]: http://www.indystar.com/article/20100427/NEWS08/4250378/Kid-who-doesn-t-exist-looks-to-future “‘Kid who doesn’t exist’ looks…