An idea the government has been kicking around since 2011 is finally making its debut. Calling this move ill-timed would be the most gracious way of putting it.
‘A few years back, the White House had a brilliant idea: Why not create a single, secure online ID that Americans could use to verify their identity across multiple websites, starting with local government services. The New York Times described it at the time as a ‘driver’s license for the internet.’
Sound convenient? It is. Sound scary? It is.
Next month, a pilot program of the “National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace” will begin in government agencies in two US states, to test out whether the pros of a federally verified cyber ID outweigh the cons.’
The NSTIC program has been in (slow) motion for nearly three years, but now, at a time when the public’s trust in government is at an all time low, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST — itself still reeling a bit from NSA-related blowback) is testing the program in Michigan and Pennsylvania….
Such a program would grant overwhelming power to government over internet users.
The repercussions of which would prove invasive and oppressive thus providing a tyrannical government as we have here in the United States today with the ability to incapacitate targeted voices in alternate media that ideologues have deemed a threat.
…it is particularly enticing for those that have power over everyone’s identity. The corporate world and governments will love the system, because it would allow complete surveillance of anything done online. …
Even more troubling, according to the Smart Card Alliance, the IDP authority also can revoke, suspend, or restore a person’s ID. Therefore, if you do something the IDP or the government doesn’t approve of, such as search for the wrong word or phrase, or say something politically incorrect on social media, they can revoke your privilege of using the Internet. This would effectively ban you from digital communications, including the use of smart phones, and prevent you from accessing or using any financial services, including simple bill payment sites. Governments might even file charges if someone dares to say something not approved by the NSTIC guidelines, such as supporting the wrong political party, having politically incorrect moral convictions, saying something against official policies, or criticizing protected groups. Even without this system some people have already been wrongly charged with “hate speech” for writing something against certain sinful behaviors or immoral activities, such as abortion or homosexuality. Others have been persecuted by standing up for Christian principles or daring to believe that Christ is the only way to God and salvation….