To my American friends: You're kinda F-you-see-k-e-dee

So I just read on several tech-news sites that the US government is implementing a unique internet ID for every resident. Gary Locke, the US Commerce Secretary said that the system would

 

not be akin to a national ID card, or a government controlled system, but that it would enhance security and reduce the need for people to memorize dozens of passwords online.

BULLSHIT!

 

While it is obvious that this may have been sparked by Assange's leaks, the US government really has no freakin clue about the internet culture and the concept of anonymity, or it simply does not care. At the very least, the constitutional rights of free speech are at stake here. Worse come to worse, your personal security and privacy are also in grave danger considering the government can pretty much KNOW what you've been browsing, downloading, writing, etc...

 

At techi.com, this article says:

 

There’s a reason that companies such as Google and Paypal support this. It’s an opportunity to centralize and collect the most important asset on the Internet: data. There will be assurances that this piece of data or that piece of data will not be shared, but “sharing” is an ambiguous term. Necessity will kick in.

That's right on the spot. The government wouldn't have come up with initiatives like these if it weren't for some kind of lobbying from large companies. Add to it the recent concerns about its own privacy and leaks, and the government has an easter egg on its hand.

 

Lets not be too hard on Obama though. After all, we all know that he was a Law professor and is quite smart- smart enough to not want to know things that could hurt his re-election for presidency in a couple years. But does that national-security card really give him that much leverage this time around? Bush played it really well and overused it. Obama willy likely not succeed.

 

And even if this proposal is honest, it simply makes businesses and consumers' life hell. If you don't have a strong password and a different one for your many sensitive online accounts, you really shouldn't be on the internet; and many users in the western hemisphere know this. This new system will simply allow hackers a much bigger gain. While I'm assuming decrypting the system might be difficult, once decrypted- even once out of a million trials, the results for any single consumer could be devastating.

 

As a Canadian, this seriously bothers me because what my brothers and sisters down in the states go through politically, the conservative government we have here likes to follow suit.

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Tags: ID, Internet, National, Obama, Security, lame

Comment by Jarrod Payne on January 11, 2011 at 12:34pm
I also thought about moving to Canada. Seems like a nice place full of fairly normal, rational people. Way to expensive though and they didnt want me. :-(
Comment by Skycomet the Fallen Angel on January 11, 2011 at 7:12pm

My eye is actually twitching! I thought it was bad enough that google was thinking about creating a separate private internet [for pay], but this is too much!! [BTW... you already don't have any privacy on the internet] but still... the idea that the government wants to track everyone is very scary!

Comment by Adam Weber on January 11, 2011 at 8:19pm

I think this will be the start of a 'new world order' an order which will clamp down on freedom of speech and the internet. 

And America dares to criticise China...

Comment by Chetan D on January 11, 2011 at 8:56pm

@Jarrod Payne

Yeah it is quite expensive- my mom's tax rate comes to about 47%. haha. But we're all happy I guess. Can't complain. Cuz everyone else is just as stripped of money from our chosen and elected government.....

Comment by T A A on January 11, 2011 at 11:03pm
Canada's long been ahead of the USA in governmental monitoring of its citizenry. Why do you think we have so little violence here, the government is TOTALLY  on top of things. We ARE a Big Brother Nation.
Comment by Jarrod Payne on January 12, 2011 at 12:32am

@Chetan Although our tax is quite bad too. We pay between 18% and 45% income tax, 14% vat, 55% fuel levy and they have just set up new toll rounds around Johannesburg. And for all of this money we get to pay for schooling, healthcare and everything else. Awesome...

 

On the privacy issue, we have a new thing here where the government insists that mobile phone companies keep records of all calls, Text messages and internet visiting in case they need it for prosecuting people. Good times...

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