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Digital Connectivism Tenet 1: We All Have a Digital Identity

Published: 01 November 2016

ID: G00314842

Analyst(s): Frank Buytendijk


Our virtual identity is as real and impactful as our physical identity, and together the two make up our digital identity. Digital citizens should ready themselves to develop their "distributed self," where external components become part of who we are.

Table Of Contents


  • Introduction
  • Tenet 1: We All Have a Digital Identity
    • Claim: Virtual Identity Is as Real as Physical Identity
    • Counterclaim: Virtual and Physical Identities Are Very Different
    • Reconciliation: Virtual and Physical Identities Merge Into Something New
  • Practical Implications

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