In my research into digital identity, I created a set of 'axioms' that have molded my perspective of the subject. I developed these axioms as the foundation for how I would create a digital identity solution ... a software solution to accumulate identity, and provide controlled dissemination of that information.
The First Axiom of Identity
I posit that we humans do not have any inherent identity.
The Second Axiom of Identity
I posit that identity does not exist outside the context of a community.
The Third Axiom of Identity
I posit that identity is exchanged in transactions that occur within a context of trust and authentication.
nota bene: given the last update on these (4-3-2005), I'm guessing that Bernard didn't already mention them here earlier :)