The Obama administration is currently drafting what it’s calling the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, which Locke said will be released by the president in the next few months. (An early version was publicly released last summer.)
“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.”
The Commerce Department will be setting up a national program office to work on this project, Locke said.
Details about the “trusted identity” project are unusually scarce. Last year’s announcement referenced a possible forthcoming smart card or digital certificate that would prove that online users are who they say they are. These digital IDs would be offered to consumers by online vendors for financial transactions.
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.
Right, and if I don’t want to be gate-raped I don’t have to fly, either.
I’ve been thinking about this innocuous presentation since yesterday and it reminded me of a quote I read awhile ago:
“The ultimate goal is to get everybody in this world chipped with an RFID chip. And to have all the money to be on those chips, and everything on those chips. And if anybody wants to protest what we do or violate what we want, we just turn off their chip.”
The source of that quote was a review of the 2007 film called Zeitgeist – the Movie. It’s funny that I remembered the quote, since I can’t remember where I left my house, but I thought then and think now there’s a ring of uncomfortable truth to it.
If you think online identity verification by the same government currently persecuting peaceful protesters is harmless you are in for a world of painful discovery. This is very dangerous.