At the Cloud Identity Summit, Wang, the head of Constellation Research, will work on another context, identity evangelist.
"I think of all the dimensions of identity and the work that is being done to get there, and I think we are closer to making this a reality than we have ever been in the past," said Wang, who will deliver a keynote presentation at CIS.
Clouds, social media and big data may grab headlines today, but Wang thinks identity defines this current wave of innovation.
The reality is identity is the anchor for just about every bit moving in the digital world.
"Identity is the center of commerce. Identity is the center of the workplace. Identity is the center of life," Wang said. And every identity is framed in a context, just like the ones that define Wang.
Identity is important because it represents a control point, a trading platform of sorts, for Internet users who are being socialized to willingly give up unprecedented amounts of personal and professional information. Identity becomes the end-users' bargaining chip to stem the uni-directional flow of data and the drain of identity value.
"How much information are you willing to share to get different services that might be convenient for you," said Wang. "Maybe this whole tracking system that is nice in concept is really an infringement of our civil liberties. We are trying to gauge the value. No one has ever lived in this world before."
Wang knows one thing, trust is very important in this identity world, and third-party trust agents online will play important roles.
Some people will opt to share everything - what they wear, where they were, what they use - and they will get paid to provide that information.
"People will need to know what [information] is worth," Wang said.
What we are really trying to get to, according to Wang, is what he calls authentic business and authentic commerce. Where all participants have defined their comfort level, mostly based on how they control their identity and the personal attributes around it.
"There will be a need for third-party trust agents, whether it is about your reputation, your finances, whether it is something for convenience. All these areas will be important."
Wang believes ultimately Web sites will have to ask for permission up front to collect identity and personal data, and those that don't will be branded with the debilitating "creepy" tag.
"When you deal with people, identity is important. Identity in context," he said.