VALA2018 Session 9 Whitehead


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Who am I? The evolution of online identity

Wednesday 14 February 2018, 11:25 – 11:55

Derek Whitehead

RMIT University, Swinburne University of Technology

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This paper discusses the nature of online identity over the past twenty years, since Australians began to use the internet extensively in the mid-1990s. It highlights the growing role of Facebook, Google and other social software in providing frameworks for online identity, considers the ways people find this unsatisfactory, and then examines possible future developments. The paper concludes by raising the possibility of libraries playing a role in supporting Australians in the future as they develop their online identities, as libraries did in the beginning through Vicnet and other programs.


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