Internet ID?

In my LJ reading today, I ran into a link to a website with the title “No Mandatory Internet IDs!” at The website is a call to action for people to e-sign a petition to kill the idea. There’s no links to any explanatory information from the federal government or news articles; just a bit of hyperbole. So I indulged in a bit of research:

Here’s a blog posting from the White House when the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace: … this was posted in June of 2010.

Here’s a news article from this week, presaged by the release of a website by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) giving information on the progress of the initiative:

My initial search for information only led to sites that seemed to copy what the site had. The federal government is emphasizing that the program would be voluntary, not mandatory. I suppose it would be disingenuous to not add “for now,” but at first blush there’s no indication that a mandatory ID “card” is coming. I just thought I’d put this out there in case anyone else is curious.


About songdogmi

I'm a longhaired almost-hippie stuck in the inner suburbs of a major rust-belt metropolis who's thoughtful, creative, and kind of geeky. In exchange for a paycheck I run around in a cubicle maze most days. When I escape, I play music, hang out in coffee houses, dink around on the computer, take naps, and think I should be off in the woods somewhere. Every once in a while I get in my car and drive far, far away, though I've always come back so far.
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One Response to Internet ID?

  1. Anonymous says:

    You must be popular. 🙂

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