Sunday, September 18, 2011

Online ID Verification Plan Carries Risks - NYTimes.com

This debate seems to cycle around every few years; maybe the time is right

But the White House is out to fight cyberphobia with an initiative intended to bolster confidence in e-commerce.

The plan, called the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace and introduced earlier this year, encourages the private-sector development and public adoption of online user authentication systems. Think of it as a driver’s license for the Internet. The idea is that if people have a simple, easy way to prove who they are online with more than a flimsy password, they’ll naturally do more business on the Web. And companies and government agencies, like Social Security or the I.R.S., could offer those consumers faster, more secure online services without having to come up with their own individual vetting systems.

p.s. Kim Cameron’s (quoted in the article) Microsoft employment relationship has morphed (suggesting his Microsoft bio page is out-of-date)

Online ID Verification Plan Carries Risks - NYTimes.com

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