Cyberspace is the electronic medium where digital communication takes place and where data are stored as a three-dimensional model through which a virtual-reality user gets the “feeling” of moving through a space.
Although Cyberspace is a concept that is independent from the internet, the web is currently the biggest network for linking computers and digital communication.
Have you ever asked yourself who is the other person in Cyberspace or asked yourself who are you in Cyberspace?
The internet gives users the possibility to present themselves as who they really are but also to alter age, history, location, personality, appearance, even the gender etc. They present themselves choosing a username, details about their identity and any information offered on their web page or even through the avatar they chose in an online community.
In real life, everybody’s personality has many aspects playing many roles (child, parent, friend, co-worker, neighbor etc.). In Cyberspace, users have the possibility to present their whole identity, parts of it (“deconstructed” online identity) or even take on a completely different personality joining online groups that are devoted to a distinct professional, occupational or any thinkable personal topic.
Some online groups, for example in professional social networks, expected that users present their true identity. Others encourage or even require that users take on imaginary identities. Furthermore virtual environments fall somewhere in between reality and imaginary but all permit users to pretend to be someone different than who they really are while keeping other true characteristics.
With this, cyberspace fulfills desires to remain completely or partially anonymous reflecting the need to remove some critical features of identity that don’t want to be shown in a particular environment or group.
Presenting only parts or a masked identity can be of benefit and protective since providing additional information in digital communication opens doors for identity theft.
Showing the true identity in Cyberspace may also allow the transmission of false identity information under the user’s name or the duplication of other’s identity information.
Identity theft produces complex challenges for IT and cloud computing to protect confidentiality and integrity of transmitted information to deterring identities.
E-mail addresses are today the most frequent used digital identities in Cyberspace used as identifiers and direct communication path to reach another person and are under high security awareness.
For you now the question remains: who do you want to be in Cyberspace?