With Welcomer identification of a person comes by examining the history of data transfers made by the individual. Welcomer stores the metadata of the interactions as the person interacts with other entities on the Internet. This history of interactions is only accessible to the person, and they use it to prove their identity. Identity with Welcomer depends on context and adjusts itself with use.

All Internet interactions occur with a physical device. The interaction of the person with the physical connection is a Welcomer connection. The history of these interactions enables the device and the person to be mutually confident of their respective identities.

Welcomer identity is simple, private and secure. Surveillance is challenging, and privacy breaches quickly detected.

Welcomer identity applies to any identifiable entity. Because identity is the same for all entities, it means seamless integration of the Internet of Things with the Internet of people and the Internet of applications. We change behaviour depending on with what or whom we communicate.

Welcomer connections are with other entities not where they reside. If a person uses a different device to connect to the internet, they are still the same person. If a person’s money moves to another bank account or if the bank moves the money to a different machine it is still the same money. With Welcomer, behaviour becomes the primary identifier. A way to confirm an identity is to ask for a record of their past few connections. The entities connected are asked via a different channel to confirm the behaviour.

Welcomer identity is low-cost. The cost is the cost of computation and storage of data. Both these prices are low and continuing to drop.

Privacy comes because behaviour and connections do not reveal who you are. They show what you have done not who you are.

Security is high because it is hard to fake behaviour and connections in a system with memory.

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