Identity Management in a Virtual World

I was highly impressed with the company and the discussion at a CIO dinner in London last night. A main topic of conversation was Second Life, the new virtual reality world that seems to have captured everyone’s attention and imagination.

Many people are investing serious amounts of time and money, creating avatars to explore and enjoy this mysterious new world. Even my Welsh Terrier has developed an alter ego. These identities are now becoming so valuable that even top CIOs are suggesting that they might be a good reference site for understanding the issues around Identity Management. It’s a very interesting idea. They’re an obvious target for Identity Theft. But we haven’t yet heard any reports of problems. How do they do it? I think we should be told.