It appears the status quo may be finally making its moves to getting control over the heretofore free and open internet. As I and many others have noted previously, the internet is one of the most powerful tools humanity has ever devised. It frees information in a way that was simply unimaginable decades ago and empowers each of us to be as informed or uninformed as we desire.
Just last week in my post, Say Goodbye to “Net Neutrality” – New FCC Proposal Will Permit Discrimination of Web Content, I mused that in so-called “first world” countries like the U.S. the illusion of freedom must be maintained even as civil liberties are eroded. Thus censorship must be administered surreptitiously and slowly. The following plan to implement an “Internet ID” will initially only be rolled out as a pilot program in two states (Michigan and Pennsylvania), and will only deal with government services. That said, we can see where all of this is ultimately headed, and the program, called the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, should be monitored closely going forward.
Vice reported on this a few days ago:
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.
The vision is to use a system that works similarly to how we conduct the most sensitive forms of online transactions, like applying for a mortgage. It will utilize two-step authentication, say, some combination of an encrypted chip in your phone, a biometric ID, and question about the name of your first cat.
But instead of going through a different combination of steps for each agency website, the same process and ID token would work across all government services: from food stamps and welfare to registering for a fishing license.
The original proposal was quick to point out that this isn’t a federally mandated national ID. But if successful, it could pave the way for an interoperable authentication protocol that works for any website, from your Facebook account to your health insurance company.
Awwww HELL NO.
yeah, why dont we just use one account for everything we do online. like someone isn’t going to fucking hack and steal my shit and basically my livelihood
#fuck you obama, #why wont anyone wake up and smell the fuckin coffee, #obama isn’t for you, #he is actively at this very minute working against you, #and i hate how no one will realize it until it’s too late, #ive been saying it, #it started with sopa, #and with pipa, #and with acta, #and the tpp, #but i need you guys to realize the kind of people that govern us, #the struggle is too real and something has to be done about it,
If humans are so smart then why are we the only species that pay to live on the planet we were born on??? Why, while other species are free and wander and live their natural lives, are we slaving away for other people to make money? I refuse to accept “that’s just the way things are” because that’s only the way things are so long as you let them be that way.
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I have a gay best friend, he’s amazing!
I’m gay and I’m definitely amazing
I’m pretty sure I’m not.
My older “brother” is gay and he’s so wonderful :)