Bind

To bind is to fix an association between two things by recording a relationship between them.

In digital identity services, binding tends fall into one of three kinds,

  1. Identity binding: The permanent association of a digital identity with a civil identity.
  2. Domain binding: The permanent association of a digital identity with an identity domain.
  3. Access binding: The temporary association of an addressable location on a network and a known identity during series of network communications.

 


 

Discussion:

Generally, a bind can mean any association between two agents of any kind that is retained for a period of time.

  • In the realm of information and communications technology, bind is a very common term with a number of context-specific meanings. Some examples are:
  • Linking subroutines in a computer program.
  • Associating a network adaptor’s MAC address with an IP address.
  • Associating the IP address and web address of a computer in a domain name server.

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