Obama’s Proposed Internet Identity Ecosystem


One evening I was looking for some information on the National Institute for Standards website ( when something on the sidebar caught my eye and it was an announcement about “National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace” at Being the techie that I am I was curiously drawn to it as I remember a previous announcement Jan 7, 2011 on CNet about establishing an Internet identity system (

We’ve heard all the stories before about people getting their identities stolen through hackers, phishing, and workers within financial institutions illegally selling customers’ confidential information. This is the premise for President Obama’s proposed Internet Identity Ecosystem.

How does this affect you? Imagine this. Your child gets issued a smart card from their school. This smart card has all of your personal information on it and your child’s personal information, plus their school records. You can plug the card into a reader on your computer and access your child’s records online by sending verification data from the card to a centralized network to verify it’s “you,” and then to your child’s school to access the records.

This card is issued only to you. According to the proposed Internet Identity Ecosystem (National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, pg 5), there will be no need to remember many different login passwords on the websites you like to visit. The issuer of the card could be from either an office of the government or a private issuing company (“standardized reliable credentials and identity media…in use in both public and private sectors,” National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, pg 13) has verified your identity so whenever you plug in the card, participating vendors will read the card and recognize that it’s “you.” No more painful memorizing a password for every site you interact with.

The card can also be tied into your banking records so it’ll work just like a credit or debit card. No more carrying around several kinds of credit or debit cards so you can use it for online shopping or public shopping. At participating businesses, your transaction remains anonymous to the business, but the transaction is recognized as having come from “you” as it goes around the network from the business to the government or private identity issuer network to your bank or credit card account.

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