Obama Administration Reportedly Plans to Create Internet ID for All Americans

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  1. Apple OC macrumors 68040

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    Why do you even care, frozen Northern infidel???

    I'm sure that everyone will grow to love the UPC tattooed on their forehead.
     
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    don't believe everything (or anything for that matter) on faux news.
     
  4. Apple OC thread starter macrumors 68040

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    The story is from cnet ... not Fox :cool:
     
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    More of that mark of the beast ******** I see.
     
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    I'd like to know more about this, but from what I see here, this is definitely not good.
     
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    I hear ya Lee ... I just found it myself, this could head in an ugly direction with no chance to vote it from not happening.


    Edit: silicone valley take the lead? ... whoo hoo :rolleyes: ... everything should be fine then :rolleyes: ... Thanks Silicone Valley our saviours
     
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    Well..wait..what would be the point? This doesn't seem right to me..

    I will admit, I have only read that link so if I need to be corrected feel free to do so..but wouldn't this actually be less safe? I know I have quite a few different passwords..but if I only had one, an identity thief would only need to discover my one password to have access to all of my information.
     
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    thank you for sharing that link.

    i highly doubt this will happen anytime soon. imagine the new level of identity theft, and how much easier that would become.
    if this does ever happen, 4chan will be removed from my bookmarks bar. :cool:
     
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    I blame RIAA/"Big Content" for this. I am sure that they are behind it somehow.

    GL
     
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    Agreed, all my password protected porn would be in danger. :rolleyes:
     
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    I don't think that's much to worry about :p.
     
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    The only tragedy here is the misleading headline. This is a really good idea and I hope the program is a success.

    Secure and reliable X.509 authentication has existed for over a decade, with widespread support in email clients and web browsers. Yet virtually no websites make use of the strong and secure encryption and authentication that X.509 provides, instead choosing to use unreliable and insecure login/password credentials which are ripe for abuse, misuse, and compromise.

    As a security professional, this has been a very depressing reality for me, and I'd love to see industry incentives to move towards truly secure authentication. Even in the financial sector the reality of internet authentication is just barely approaching the potential offered by modern cryptography.

    Industry has made a few attempts at solving this dilemma (Sxip Identity most notably, but also Verisign) and has seen little commercial success. Mostly because the people who suffer when security are compromised aren't the people who have to pay to improve the security. Those who are motivated to "fix" the problem aren't the ones in a position to adopt better practices. Perhaps pressure from the Government could help.

    Dick Hardt's keynote speech from the identity 2.0 conference in 2005 provides a great overview of the problem that this initiative is aimed to solve. I'd recommend it for anyone who is gnashing their teeth in this thread. It's a fun watch, even if you're not a security geek like me: http://www.identity20.com/media/OSCON2005/
     
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    The point is basically to make it easier to do online shopping to make sure businesses make more and more money.

    I personally am against the government existing solely to help big business.

    I provided the link purely to counter act the BS "government is making an online ID system" because I know it just spurs the paranoids into action.
     
  18. Apple OC thread starter macrumors 68040

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    No ... the point I am trying to throw out here is ... Nobody knows where this can lead to.

    I am positive this has nothing to do with "online shopping" :cool:
     
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    sounds like they want to remove the anonymousness part of the internet making it harder to harass people over the net hiding behind some random screen name.
     
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    I guess you didn't bother reading the article then.
     
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    Oh god. Then people in real life will know what an ass/jerk/smart alec I am on these forums. :eek:
     
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    Internet voting?

    That would be cool.
     
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    I still find this spooky no matter who's doing it or for whatever reasons.
     
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    It's essentially supposed to be a more secure Facebook Connect kind of thing. The technology in itself isn't the scary thing, its that like anything this big, it has the potential for abuse.

    All that has to happen is we, the people, have to keep our government accountable, which we have failed to do for far too long is this country due to lack of caring and finding politics to be "boring."
     

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