The Stolen Identifier: an Inquiry into the Nature of Identification and the Ontological Status of Information Systems

@inproceedings{gerfalk2011TheSI,
  title={The Stolen Identifier: an Inquiry into the Nature of Identification and the Ontological Status of Information Systems},
  author={P{\"a}r J. {\AA}gerfalk and Owen Eriksson},
  booktitle={ICIS},
  year={2011}
}
Based on real-world examples of identity theft, and particularly a recent incident in Sweden, this paper explores the nature of identification from a social ontology point of view. This is contrasted with the traditional representational view, which is shown unable to handle critical aspects related to institutional control of identifiers and identity. Specifically, the paper shows that identification and the definition and allocation of identifiers is an institutional and political rather than… CONTINUE READING

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