SecureId is intended to be a simple program that you can
run to organize your identity online by giving you control over
the types of information you have and who can access them. Additionally,
it serves as a mirror by providing you with a graphical sense of
what you are conveying in different contexts.
Managing digital context is not a simple
task. Since site location is not a good substitute, you need to
manage this information more closely. You must determine how you
would act differently to different people, what you would share.
Using SecureId, you will define your different contexts by
creating a physical representation where information can be stored
and access can be defined.
For secure access, SecureId uses a knowledge
system. Since information is associated with different contexts,
you need to define what is necessary to gain access to those contexts.
Rather than listing who can gain access, you simply say what they
must know. Depending on the type of context, you can imagine different
levels of accessibility. For example, your friends change; it would
be a hassle to have to list them every time that you wanted them
to have access to something of yours. Instead, you might be able
to assume that anyone who knows who your favorite musician can be
assumed to be one of your friends.
This tool is purposely extensible. You determine what types of
data you want to convey to which contexts.
You determine what level of evaluation
is necessary for the security you desire. Just as you can manipulate
the contexts necessary for people to