In my LJ reading today, I ran into a link to a website with the title “No Mandatory Internet IDs!” at demandprogress.org. 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: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/06/25/national-strategy-trusted-identities-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: http://www.technewsworld.com/story/71637.html
My initial search for information only led to sites that seemed to copy what the demandprogress.org 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.