Identity 3.0

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Identity 3.0 refers to the next generation of (digital) identity. The term was originally coined by Phillip Hallam-Baker in his 2007 book "The dotCrime Manifesto: How to Stop Internet Crime"[1]

The basic design principle for Identity 3.0 is a framework that combines anonymity with strong authentication.[2]

Previous Generations of Digital Identity

  • Identity 1.0 refers to the original use of username and passwords to identify an individual.
  • Identity 2.0 refers to current federated identity standards such as SAML,SAML 2.0, OAuth to pass identity credential between disparate computer systems.


  1. Hallam-Baker, Phillip. (2008). The dotCrime manifesto : how to stop Internet crime. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Addison-Wesley. ISBN 0-321-50358-9. OCLC 166386648.
  2. Mather, Tim (1 March 2008). "Get ready for Identity 3.0". SC Magazine UK.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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