Vetting candidates in a Facebook world

Here’s a piece I just wrote for O’Reilly, which outlines many of the themes we’ll be discussing at this year’s Gov 2.0 Expo in Washington, DC at the end of May.  It was fascinating to write, and had input from several of the panelists and organizers; this is a hot topic in an era of national security concerns and unclear privacy legislation.

Peer-reviewed identity in the era of open social graphs is a game changer. Consider, for example, the work involved in creating a false identity today: Photoshopping childhood pictures, friending complete strangers, maintaining multiple distinct Twitter feeds, and checking in from several cities. It’s enough to make Bond retire.

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