Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Mandatory Internet IDs on the Horizon?

First it was the infamous COICA legislation, now U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke has decided that what the internet needs is mandatory ID cards. Apparently, Locke is hard at work developing a program titled "National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace." These cyber-IDs would be used for all transactions with the U.S. Government and (I'm assuming U.S.) businesses who opt into the program. What is most troubling about all this is the precedent it sets. If every U.S. citizen is issued an internet ID, how simple and enticing would it be for the government, at the behest of private interests, to require the use of such an ID for all internet-related transactions and communications? This would have a devastating effect on the concept of internet privacy. While Locke's program would only have purview over U.S. citizens, it's not hard to imagine other governments following suit. Let's face it, the internet as we know and love it is under siege by private (usually corporate) interests in the guise of publicly-elected government officials.  Those of us who value our privacy on the internet need to voice our resistance. Below are links to further analysis of the proposed program and a DemandProgress petition to Gary Locke :

Electronic Frontier Foundation Analysis

Petition Gary Locke

Bash the Fash

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke: "Go ahead, laugh at my tie you fuckers- my next projects are a P2P surveillance system and a porn-eradication machine!"


  1. Signed. Thanks for bringing this up btw.

  2. Haxxors will have this pwned within hours of its implentation. Everything government touches turns to a steaming pile. I can name a dozen albums purchased after I heard even just lossy low bitrate sample on internet. The world wide web is just that world wide and it has worked so great this far because government has kept it's reverse midas touch away from it.

  3. Hi Sharing Is Caring, I completely agree. Music industry profits have skyrocketed since the advent of P2P and file sharing. It creates more interest in the music. I purchase a shit-load more music now than I ever did before I went digital. Oh yes, and I also agree that the internet ID idea is completely naive. US government officials show little or no knowledge of how internet actually works- Great comment, thanks

  4. Scurfie, no problem. Even though part of me has a hard time taking some of these internet-related proposals made by politicians seriously, we still need to be vigilant about attempts to limit and/or change the way we access and experience the web

  5. bloody mother fucker

  6. Aaagh, it’s the mark of the beast. The end has come.


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