jan 9

Papers, Please: Obama pushes unique online ID

"President Obama has signaled that he will give the United States Commerce Department the authority over a proposed national cybersecurity measure that would involve giving each American a unique online identity." Sounds scary, right? But don't worry: such a system "would enhance security and reduce the need for people to memorize dozens of passwords online." Feel better?


Maybe worth noting that the president of Belarus, the last dictatorship in Europe, etc., etc., proposed such a system a year ago: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34633201/

posted by adm at 4:34 PM on January 9, 2011

posted by rico at 2:39 AM on January 11, 2011

source for above video

posted by rico at 2:41 AM on January 11, 2011

I think you have it exactly backwards. The whole goal is that you could do government business without having to have some gov-issued digital ID. It's basically them saying "let's use what's out there".

posted by Anil Dash at 2:44 AM on January 13, 2011

It's opt in, so will never be adopted.

posted by An Jing at 1:42 PM on January 15, 2011

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