Note that regardless of how complicated you think the solution to the problem of real-time identity is, I think my solution is very simple, and can be technically covered in a few simple systems design (specifically UML) diagrams.
I have had my idea for nearly seven years. Around mid 2004, I believe I solved a way to integrate the notion of the individual with any devices one might be using and any roles one might be affiliated so that one individual might be able to:
- represent themselves to any other individual as a collection of devices and these devices' media though which any other individual likewise represented can find an appropriate channel of communication, and engage compatible media with the first individual. Media that can engage two or more participants (one, two, or more individuals) are also able to be modelled in this way.
- decide, based both on individual preference and role affiliation associated with each connected device, which other individuals can observe and engage which of each other's devices over a compatible medium. Affiliation is, in essence, also an exercise of individual preference because a particular affiliation is activated for a particular device after that device is connected to a particular Clique Space.
- collect, for one's own records, collaborations for which an individual has privilege. Other than being connected to a given Clique Space, the individual does not necessarily have to be a participant in the collaboration of a particular set of devices in order to observe the collaboration in a way that can be communicable through Clique Space.
- enforce mandatory privacy rules, but limit the scope of these rules' effectiveness to discretional criteria based on the characteristics of a particular collaboration. Take, for example, two individuals which may not wish to engage a device with the each other directly over any medium, but both will participate in collaborations mediated by a third; lets say that the first two are opposing parties of some type of settlement, and the third is a legal appointee mutually tasked with sorting the issue out.
Likewise, should the device and the medium permit, control information can be sent from Clique Space to the device so individuals can control their activity through Clique Space, rather than having to coordinate the activity of disparate and esoteric devices and media.
So, here are two main domain solutions to my concept:
- Just as you don't have to know how your eyes work in order to see, you don't have to know how a device works so you can use it in Clique Space.
- Clique Space allows you to choose which other users can interact with or can observe you in accordance to settings you can apply independently of any device to which you represent yourself as.