Facebook Personal ID Cards

fb_id_tbx_740Created by German artist Tobias Leingruber and available via the hypothetical government agency the FB Bureau. Why wait until these become mandatory? Get yours now:

With more than 800 million users Facebook is the dominant identity system on the web. When signing-up for new services around the open web it’s quite common to use Facebook Connect instead of creating a new user account. People stop ranting on blog comments because they only allow comments connected to your “real name” aka “Facebook Identity” (till the end of time).

For the good or bad we are losing anonymity and Facebook Inc. is establishing order in this “world wild web” (for profit, not necessarily for the good of society). A future where a Facebook Identity becomes more important than any governments’ doesn’t seem unrealistic.

19 Comments on "Facebook Personal ID Cards"

  1. “For the good or bad we are losing anonymity and Facebook Inc. is
    establishing order in this “world wild web” (for profit, not necessarily
    for the good of society). A future where a Facebook Identity becomes
    more important than any governments’ doesn’t seem unrealistic.”

    If this doesn’t chill you to the bone, nothing will.

    It may be impossible to be completely anonymous to everyone, but it’s still quite possible to be as anonymous as you’d like to be. I’ve asked everyone I know why Facebook is in ANY way better than simple email and/or having a blog and/or one’s own website, and the ONLY answer I ever get is: “I can post updates and all my ‘friends’ can see them simultaneously.”

    • We live in a world where everyone can be given the illusion they are famous, facebook creates this sense of “look at me and my life” as though people give a shit about Saras new shoes or how drunk Tom was saturday night.

      I find it extremely alarming that this social media site can remove anonymous opinions on message boards (my name isn’t Jace or JaceD, no idea where it came from). I’m not a facebook fan, handy for keeping in contact with friends overseas but I think I’ll be deleting it before too long.

      •  Delete it if you wish, they still own your identity.

        • Yeah, wont do them much good for what I get up to after it’s been deleted though. Obviously “They” have other ways to monitor us, but one less way to be tracked is not a bad thing.

          • FYI – Anything you do on the internet is tracked. Your computer has a MAC address. That MAC address is tracked in multiple databases. Everywhere you surf is know even when “Incognito” or on Anonymouse. You cannot hide your MAC address. How do I know? I’m a director at an online company and I can access a system that tells me the reputation of your machine. For a few dollars extra, I can get your entire history… including any other machine that has ever had the same ID accessed on it. Scary!

          • Only thing thats scary is your disinformation

          • MAC addresses are not globally unique, nor are they meant to be.  They were designed to (theoretically) be unique on the LAN in question for access control at OSI layer one.  MAC addresses are not seen past the first router, either.  IP addresses of packets are relevant at that point because the guts of traffic routing take place at that layer of the OSI model.  The network infrastructure might see the MAC address of the router interface a packet traversed if relevant to the particular network hardware used at that point.  MAC addresses can also be changed in software on an arbitrary basis.

            Misinformation, much?

    • Mark Allen | Mar 12, 2012 at 5:55 pm |

       My answer to that is “who gives a fuck?”

  2. What if I don’t have a Facebook? Off to Auschwitz?

  3. An Internet-wise friend told me in 2000 that posting anything to the net was like posting to a bathroom wall, and you will never know who will read it. We’re giving away our freedom for the freedom to post on a different bathroom wall. 

  4. and what would the government trade to facebook to pay it for providing it with a “free” ID system? The massive Wall Street funded online services are not the friends of anyone except the customers, which don’t include the userbase. If you are not a customer for a “free service”, YOU are the product.

  5. I am waiting for the updated version – chips in my forehead or hand…hehehe (can be had with glowing identity tats 🙂

  6. Thats a billion  dollar idea.. that could intertwine facebook into our everyday life completely. It will one day become the super power that will rule over humans. I think its pretty cool

  7. What is this? Globalization?

  8. The U.S. goverment uses facebook to keep tabs on it’s population.check it out http://youtu.be/3sThcwmx3rs

  9. Is it possible that some day have the validity of an official ID?

  10. Brad Horner | Feb 28, 2012 at 6:27 pm |

    There is a feature to remove yourself permanently.

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