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January 8, 2011

CNet and CBS are reporting this:

Obama Eyeing Internet ID for Americans

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. The move also is likely to please privacy and civil liberties groups that have raised concerns in the past over the dual roles of police and intelligence agencies.

What possible use could this be?  Other than to track everything and anything that we do on the internet?  And build a searchable database to identify subversive speech and activities?

The article does mention the  “benefit” of remembering or consolidating passwords.  Don’t believe it.  There are plenty of private programs – including IE and Firefox – out there that will do that for you, if you want it.

This is just another attempt to squelch free speech through intimidation- Don’t let them get away with it.


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