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STANFORD, Calif. - President Obama is planning to hand the U.S. Commerce Department authority over a forthcoming cybersecurity effort to create an Internet ID for Americans, a White House official said here today.
It's "the absolute perfect spot in the U.S. government" to centralize efforts toward creating an "identity ecosystem" for the Internet, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt said.
That news, first reported by CNET, effectively pushes the department to the forefront of the issue, beating out other potential candidates including the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.
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I see this move as an inevitable stage in the taming of the Internet Wild West in preparation for the influx...the flood of regular ol' people worldwide moving their consumer, social, and work spheres online. .....
... So some form of standard ID system is inevitable, because it creates accountability.
An electronic monitoring bracelet for everyone would be even better. And more efficient from accountability point of view.
As long as folks can still hide behind the "we don't ask for real names here, pardner" etiquette online, then people are only vested in a limited way in their own accountability.Oh, really? You don't think people act in a thoughtful way in, say, newspaper comments on local websites?
"We are not talking about a national ID card," Locke said at the Stanford event. "We are not talking about a government-controlled system. What we are talking about is enhancing online security and privacy and reducing and perhaps even eliminating the need to memorize a dozen passwords, through creation and use of more trusted digital identities."...So, it going to be closer to the National Bureau of Standards or perhaps the Federal Communications Commission is setting standards and guidelines.
...Schmidt stressed today that anonymity and pseudonymity will remain possible on the Internet. "I don't have to get a credential if I don't want to," he said. There's no chance that "a centralized database will emerge," and "we need the private sector to lead the implementation of this," he said.
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