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Online Security, Identification, and the NSTIC

What is this National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace?

So one of the creepiest things I have come across in regards to internet culture, the blogosphere, and online security would have to be the proposed National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) that may be coming to a computer near you.

What is the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC)? In all honesty, I do not know exactly what it really is - but I can tell you what it will do. It will provide a unique online identity for each person who uses the internet. In essence this program is similar to how we all (U.S. residents) have a social security number, but in this case I do not see any real benefits being given to having such a number.

When the Social Security program was created it offered this great new benefit for people as they aged or got sick. This new benefit was in the form of a safety net by the government that would protect them in cases of the unexpected. With the creation of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), I do not see any new benefits being created, in fact, I see this as a way to monitor our movements in cyberspace and even restrict our freedoms when we engage with others online. Where is the benefit in that?

The program indicates it is designed to prevent and eliminate fraud and crime on the internet but will a new unique number really help do that? If you think about, getting back to the Social Security Program, we all have a special and unique number already - one which, I might add, is abused thousands of times a day by enterprising criminals. Shouldn't we focus our attention on securing this number first, a number in which we will get an eventual benefit (if it lasts, anyway), before everyone is given a brand new one, one which will take our current online benefits away?

I wonder what the White House is thinking, and each time I come up with something more and more sinister. I think we should all take time to let them know that the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace is a bad idea - and that we will not have our freedom restricted, while they track our every move. Let's let them know we want to keep cyberspace a safe place and it is the fraudulent transactions that need attention - not ordinary citizens of the World Wide Web.