Obama Eyeing Internet ID for Americans – Tech Talk – CBS News

President Obama is planning to hand the U.S. Commerce Department authority over a forthcoming cybersecurity effort to create an Internet ID for Americans, a White House official said here today.

If it weren’t for the Wikileaks debacle (nice security there guys!), the fact that government programs can’t be financed properly (Social Security, Medicare, the Postal Service!), I’d say ok, let’s give it a try. But not with this government. Me no trusty.

But they say:

Schmidt stressed today that anonymity and pseudonymity will remain possible on the Internet. “I don’t have to get a credential if I don’t want to,” he said. There’s no chance that “a centralized database will emerge,” and “we need the private sector to lead the implementation of this,” he said.

Yeah right. But ultimately, we won’t have much of a choice if you want to do business online.

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