From IdCommons


Definition: A preexisting Digital Identity that a user through an Agent has the ability to select and use to represent themselves in a given Identity Context. [PaulT, DaveK, IainH, TonyN, Kim, Drummond, Johannes, Luke, Jaco, PTOng, PeterD]


  1. A Persona is something put forward by a user, but how it is perceived, recognized, accepted, rejected, trusted, used etc. by a Relying Party cannot be specified or in any way implied. [PaulT]
  2. Often used when the set of Claims represents some role or virtual character animated by the Digital Subject [Kim]
  3. Ordinary language meanings: (1) a voice or character representing the speaker in a literary work. (2) the characters in a dramatic or literary work. (3) the role that one assume or displays in public or society; one's public image or personality, as distinguished from the inner self.

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