Fox News reports:
President Obama is putting plans in motion to give the Commerce Department authority to create an Internet ID for all Americans, a White House official told CNET.com.
White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt told the website it is “the absolute perfect spot in the U.S. government” to centralize efforts toward creating an “identity ecosystem” for the Internet.
The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace is currently being drafted by the Obama administration and will be released by the president in a few months.
“We are not talking about a national ID card. 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,” Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said at an event Friday at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, according to CNET.com.
I’m sure this will fly with the public.
I look forward to the day the State manages all of my passwords to my private personal data because I am simply too stupid to remember them all. I also want the State to be able to identify and track all of my online transactions, as well as be able to remove my access to the net if I should do something it dislikes, for I am too stupid to know what is in my own best interest.
Should the tyrants engage in such ridiculous actions, I feel quite confident that the public will find ways of circumventing their ridiculousness rather quickly. Millions of Iranians have Facebook accounts, even though the site is banned in that country. I don’t think there is anything the State can do that can’t be circumvented by ingenious entrepreneurs. The State is like man standing in a river trying to stop the flow of water with his hands.