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BTC –  NSTIC or the National Strategy for Trusted Identity in Cyberspace will be discussed at Stanford University this Friday.   The program will be crossing into considerations of the Department of Commerce.  Oversight and execution of the program’s cybersecurity and identity perameters is currently under the Department of Homeland Security.  The project is due to be signed by President Obama in the next few weeks.

One of the major security issues with the Web is the emphasis on anonymity in the original design, making it extremely difficult to verify a user’s real identity. The NSTIC calls for the creation of an “identity ecosystem,” where individuals and organizations can conduct online transactions confident in the real identities of each other and the security of the infrastructure the transactions run on.   

– Hillicon Valley,  Obama Administration officials to discuss trusted IDs online

Related News:  NSTIC amid Identity trends for 2011 

New Bill Proposes Unprecedented Government Power Over the Internet

A cybersecurity bill introduced April 1st in the Senate would give the federal government extraordinary power over private sector Internet services, applications and software. The Cybersecurity Act of 2009 would, for example, give the President unfettered power to shut down Internet traffic in emergencies or disconnect any critical infrastructure system or network on national security grounds. The bill would grant the Commerce Department the ability to override all privacy laws to access any information about Internet usage in connection with a new role in tracking cybersecurity threats. The bill, introduced by Sens. John Rockefeller and Olympia Snowe, would also give the government unprecedented control over computer software and Internet services, threatening innovation, freedom and privacy. CDT President and CEO Leslie Harris said, “The cybersecurity threat is real, but such a drastic federal intervention in private communications technology and networks could harm both security and privacy.” April 01, 2009 .

For More Info: http://cdt.org/