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National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC)

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Heh what often annoys me about the SuperCourt is how often they either decline cases or purposely avoid ruling sticky parts of the case.

(Imagined pseudo conversation)
"Dear Supremes. Rule on this case, the whole thing."
"Sudo Rule on the whole case NOW!"

Then you return to Vurbal's aforementioned mountain of stupid. (But look, it's the *next mountain over* now! Cue "Climb every mountain!" )


Stoic Joker:
Then you return to Vurbal's aforementioned mountain of stupid. (But look, it's the *next mountain over* now! Cue "Climb every mountain!"-TaoPhoenix (May 05, 2014, 08:32 PM)
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Nice... Now I get to go to bed with that song stuck in my head. If I have nightmares about the Von Trapp family singing while chasing me with champagne and little white flowers I'll strangle you in the morning.

Speaking of songs sticking in your head, after reading this I now have "Welcome to Hell" by Venom running through mine...

US Government Begins Rollout Of Its 'Driver's License For The Internet'
from the seizing-the-(wrong)-moment dept

An idea the government has been kicking around since 2011 is finally making its debut. Calling this move ill-timed would be the most gracious way of putting it.

A few years back, the White House had a brilliant idea: Why not create a single, secure online ID that Americans could use to verify their identity across multiple websites, starting with local government services. The New York Times described it at the time as a "driver's license for the internet."

Sound convenient? It is. Sound scary? It is.

Next month, a pilot program of the "National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace" will begin in government agencies in two US states, to test out whether the pros of a federally verified cyber ID outweigh the cons.
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The NSTIC program has been in (slow) motion for nearly three years, but now, at a time when the public's trust in government is at an all time low, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST -- itself still reeling a bit from NSA-related blowback) is testing the program in Michigan and Pennsylvania. The first tests appear to be exclusively aimed at accessing public programs, like government assistance. The government believes this ID system will help reduce fraud and overhead, by eliminating duplicated ID efforts across multiple agencies.

But the program isn't strictly limited to government use. The ultimate goal is a replacement of many logins and passwords people maintain to access content and participate in comment threads and forums. This "solution," while somewhat practical, also raises considerable privacy concerns.
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More at the link.

They've moved on from shoving bad ideas down your throat to ramming them up your ass. Nice.

^Yup! Just like (by law) your "social security" number was only legally allowed to be used for obtaining government benefits under the federal Social Security Program. They constantly emphasised it was not intended to be a national ID card (like the bad guy Soviet Union issued) or to be used for any other purpose.

Then the IRS started using it for income tax returns. Then the banks started using it for customer ID and "tax reporting purposes." Then colleges and universities because of government student loans. Then many states started using it purely for state programs such as driver's licenses and arrest records. Then businesses started using it for customer identification...

Yep. Not a "national ID card." And strictly "limited to government use." Understood...

But...with the government involved openly (or covertly) in just about every aspect of American public and "private" life (talk about an oxymoron), what isn't "government business" any more?

This really sucks. And what makes it suck even more is that it will come to pass - and hardly anybody will care.

Here's how it will end. Because that's the way this sort of thing always ends:

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Yeah, basically. Except now because it's "just websites" and I'm still lost what makes this thing more secure than a garden variety username and password. And didn't we just get done watching Heartbleed hit the internet highways? Everyone said "Oh well, change your passwords." But you can't change this thing.

So I'm really confused what they think the magic bullet tech concept in this is.


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