[FoRK] Identity

Stephen Williams sdw at lig.net
Fri Aug 31 08:43:56 PDT 2012

The point was that there are multiple cases, unfamiliar to many of us, 
where database correlation (of apparent fraud, unification of 
identities, etc.) is going to come to the wrong conclusion in many 
real-world cases.


On Fri Aug 31 04:59:34 2012, Bill Kearney wrote:
> And in any of those cases it's a simple matter of filing a name change.  Hundreds of folks do it every day (for many
> reasons).  Yeah, it's "one more step" but life's full of those.
> Stephen Williams wrote:
>> With regard to the finding in the OC voter fraud investigation that in
>> many cases there were multiple people in the same household with very
>> similar names:
>> I was talking to a coworker who mentioned that in High School in SoCal,
>> she knew a family with 6 girls, all named Maria <something> <LastName>.
>> She also mentioned that in hispanic cultures, it is common for the wife
>> to replace her middle name with her maiden name while taking the
>> husbands last name.  And the husband takes the wife's maiden name as his
>> new middle name.  Or sometimes the names are additional which leads to
>> multiple middle names.
>> Confusing, but not as bad as some Asian countries, Re: Google+ requiring
>> "real" names.
>> We interviewed an engineer who, when married, had fused elements of both
>> last names to produce a new last name for them both. Name sex.

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