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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. 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.

The announcement came at an event today at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, where U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Schmidt spoke.

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.

Inter-agency rivalries to claim authority over cybersecurity have exited ever since many responsibilities were centralized in the Department of Homeland Security as part of its creation nine years ago. Three years ago, proposals were were circulating in Washington to transfer authority to the secretive NSA, which is part of the U.S. Defense Department.

In March 2009, Rod Beckstrom, director of Homeland Security's National Cybersecurity Center, resigned through a letter that gave a rare public glimpse into the competition for budgetary dollars and cybersecurity authority. Beckstrom said at the time that the NSA "effectively controls DHS cyber efforts through detailees, technology insertions," and has proposed moving some functions to the agency's Fort Meade, Md., headquarters.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-501465_162-20027837-501465.html
 

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So, instead of having multiple identities/credentials for all of the sites you visit, you will only have one?

I see where this makes life easier not having multiple passwords, etc. However, this can also make it easier, if someone obtains your identity, to do more damage.

Maybe I'm not fully understanding the way this will work. :huh:
 

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Basically, you get a government issued ID. With this ID, you have internet access, without, you don't. I am sure that if your on a watch list somewhere, which isn't hard to do (support Ron Paul, join a Tea Party, etc) you probably wouldn't qualify for the ID.
 

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lol dune will be the only one left on dc :rolling:
 

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Haaaaaaa

A government run internet lol


Obama should focus on corporations Fleeing the United States, Paying Down the deficit, And creating Jobs like he promised during his campaingn:nuts:
 

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That kind of curtails FREEDOM OF SPEECH! Get your heads out of the sand people... Speak out against the government on the internet and get your ID revoked... Duh!
 

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From PC Magazine:
How safe is your personal information online? Should you click on that link? Trust that site with your credit card? Give that social network your personal information?


The Commerce Department, in coordination with the White House cyber security office, announced today that it will create an office within Commerce to help develop technologies or platforms that will eventually allow sensitive online transactions to be carried out with greater levels of trust.


The office will be known as the National Program Office and it will coordinate the federal activities necessary to carry out the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), a White House initiative dedicated to making the Internet a more secure environment for consumers.


"With the full participation of industry and the general public, NSTIC plans to nurture the development of a secure and privacy-enhancing 'identity ecosystem' for the Internet," White House Cyber Security Coordinator Howard A. Schmidt said in a statement. "This identity ecosystem would instill greater confidence in online transactions with less personal information being collected and stored with each transaction, lowering the risk of identity theft."


Schmidt and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, who unveiled the plan together in Silicon Valley today, did not have any specifics on what this authentication system might look like, but the government won't be going at it alone.


"To accomplish this, industry leadership is essential," Secretary Locke said. "We need the private sector's expertise and its involvement in designing, building and implementing this Identity Ecosystem."


Locke stressed that "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."
Those trusted digital identities would be optional and focus on those involved in sensitive transactions. "It provides consumers a choice - those who want to remain anonymous for activities like blogging will continue to be able to do so," the Commerce Department said. "Online service providers that opt in to such a system would follow a set of security and privacy guidelines."


"The reality is that the Internet still faces something of a 'trust' issue," Locke said. "And it will not reach its full potential until users and consumers feel more secure than they do today when they go online."
 

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What a harmless sounding mandate/regulation. How could anybody possibly be against the premise of making it easier to ID yourself... in order to buy stuff or acquire your government issued entitlement. -And -of course, there is absolutely no danger or even a chance that an ideology would abuse this control in the future. Yup ! -nothing but puppies, butterflies and rainbows in this government run protection, under the guises of ease of use... for the good of the people.
 

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only a totally idiot would not see the POTENTIAL TO TAX or RESTRICT, or mandate an annual LICENSE TO USE, THE INTERNET , as the government bureaucrats see fit, if they had an effective way to track individual users, that's the OBVIOUS goal here, control over whats said,and a taxable base
 

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What a harmless sounding mandate/regulation. How could anybody possibly be against the premise of making it easier to ID yourself... in order to buy stuff or acquire your government issued entitlement. -And -of course, there is absolutely no danger or even a chance that an ideology would abuse this control in the future. Yup ! -nothing but puppies, butterflies and rainbows in this government run protection, under the guises of ease of use... for the good of the people.
I agree. When will the Dems realize we really don't need government to protect us from every evil? Every time they try to "protect" us, we lose a little liberty. I think you are right. This would morph into something that let the government control our online experience.
 

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only a totally idiot would not see the POTENTIAL TO TAX or RESTRICT, or mandate an annual LICENSE TO USE, THE INTERNET , as the government bureaucrats see fit, if they had an effective way to track individual users, that's the OBVIOUS goal here, control over whats said,and a taxable base
...Or to prosecute for perceived bullying, as that law is already on the books. No way they would expand on a law that is meant to limit free speech under the guises of government regulated protections for those that can not protect themselves... or lack the intellect to do so.
 

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I dont trust this bunch as far as I can sling them clearly just a way to control the internet
Kind of 1984ish
 
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