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BTC – The Stanford NSTIC forum held by US Dept. of Commerce Scry. Locke Friday was well attended by privacy and technology field members.  Intepretations of events were delayed because so many of the details are still unavailable, conceptual and probably undeliverable, due to federal budgetary lack.

While the high concept NSTIC plan itself seemed clear to some, the details haven’t yet been decoded for the general public. It may be because the scope of the program has been displayed as borderless as the Internet itself.  After reading other reporting on the event, I figured my insights might be beneficial.

The title of the project is the National Strategy for Trusted Identity in Cyberspace.  Locke stated from the gate that NSTIC “is not a national ID card program”.  No…but it does have a sweet spot for SmartCard to endorse it and discussions of ID cards were considered at one point.  One clever attendee illustrated, by covering other words in the NSTIC moniker, the words “national” and “identity” were still present along with associations unaddressed by panelists.

White House Cybersecurity czar, Howard Schmidt did mention there “is no centralized database”.  Okay. Unfortunately, we do now know it may not be necessary because PC technology will tell on their users involuntarily.  Privacy settings are upgraded constantly. This is why the FCC entertains the “Do Not Track” list.

Balm for ceaseless government burns to digital privacy is still currently lacking in approaching NSTIC.

CDT’s Jim Dempsey was on hand offering a tempering idea: addressing current government approaches, handling and practices to digital privacy and civil liberty “before we make decisions based on impending threats.”  He is currently one of the nominees to Obama’s privacy and civil liberty board.  That’s great; but we have a Bill of Rights which entitles us to 4th Amendment protections regardless of which way the US government panel rolls on things like sedition, free speech, identity and private property.

There are at least 3 federal agencies now involved with NSTIC: Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and now the Department of Commerce.   Too many cooks in the kitchen may be responsible for nauseating waves of bureaucracy.  According to one source, after 3 years of policy development, NIST may be the only organization who can clearly navigate the agency mapping for all hands involved public or private.  Now that the Dept. of Commerce is in on the game it does not necessarily DHS has stepped out to the exclusion of the matter.  DoD heralds are ever present to the start up interests of most Silicon Valley ventures. There was no short attendance of “useful people” embracing parts of the NSTIC behemoth and providing amenity.

Identity ecosystem proponents for interagency business and CEO’s with track records for nationalized encryption all seemed to be trolling for federal subscribers, optimistic about gaining the United States government as an adopter or customer.  Globalists were also represented to idealize the prospect for the US government to become the leader in international Net gatekeeping.

There isn’t doubt towards the ability of NSTIC parts and systemic counterparts ability to perform good things.  What is dubious is why we are doing this, the true relevance of NSTIC and who pays to sustain that system.

According to Lucky Green, a security consultant, the base purpose of the program would provide elementary authentication services to the public via the US Government.

BTC: “Do we need the government to do that?”

Lucky: “HELL NO!”

Some of the more unfortunate conclusions drawn are that NSTIC’s identity driven data is a source of commerce.  The prospect may be evolving that US government wants their own identity driven apparatus which culls information like Facebook’s social network.  NSTIC definitely has that megalomaniacal feel of a regular Dept. of Defense funded start-up combined with a democratically led entitlement program.  Where the money comes from for such a grandiose, “global” national  identity system matters.

The last question asked of the NSTIC panel went to the matter of its federal budget. Members of the panel answered irritably towards presumptive evidence of said Sasquatch-like budget for the NSTIC program.

No one has shown us the money yet.  We will keep you posted when numbers materialize.

Company says it has ‘zero tolerance’ for data brokers c/o PCR News

Facebook said that a “data broker” had paid Facebook app developers for user identification numbers and that as a result the company had suspended a number of developers.

Given that the user identification numbers (UIDs) were not considered to be private and that merely knowing a UID does not bestow anyone the ability to access private data, the hard line taken by the social networking behemoth is as much a statement of intent to tackle the firm’s tarnished reputation when it comes to privacy concerns.

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BTC – In case no one else has noticed, my blog wire has been completely taken over by a World of Warcraft gamer controversy due to a virtual “Real ID” mandate.  The crazy thing about the escalation of dissent against Blizzard has much ado over digital privacy.  The World of Warcraft creators teamed up with the privacy-identity pirates over at Facebook and named a new forum system “Real ID”. (Not a winner with the public.)

It’s unfortunate. Now that online trolls can find you and harass you at home some consumers are dumping the online gaming service altogether.  I guess teaming up with Blizzard seemed like a way for Facebook to stop the bleeding once privacy advocates declared war on their public-private collusion racket by LEAVING.  You can get more friends.  You can find another gaming community.  However,  it’s much harder to regain your privacy.  Like money or your virginity, once it’s gone, it’s gone.  So it is no game now that Blizzard sees customers ditching their services for the same reasons that people are abandoning Facecrook.

TAKE A NUMBER, PLEASE…

If the level of dissent displayed against Blizzard is any example of how online communities respond to Internet identity mandates, expressing complaints now might create a difference in national Cyber Security.  The White House has a new plan for a national online ID number.  Online users can share privacy concerns and problematic example experiences with Blizzard’s Real ID system and compare it to President Obama’s national online identity number proposal.   The National Strategy for Trusted Identity in Cyberspace or the NSTIC forum on IdeaScale will be taking comments until July 19th, 2010.

The online number would be a tax-financed system for users to create a voluntary online ID number.   This number would be interoperable for use as proof of identity between users, financial institutions and other private services of their choice.  The good news is that NSTIC adopters, for now, can opt out if they want to stop using their online number.

Like Real ID (vs. RealID) and other national identity programs, NSTIC has some potential for mission creep and privacy flaws which is cause for concern.   One day we might inherit an online identifier which eventually gains so much steam from voluntary adoption that it replaces the Social Security number.  Let’s not forget why governments want to enumerate the people in the first place – population control.

So here’s to you, World of Warcraft gamers – because you deserve better.  Take time to read up on your  Social Networking Bill of Rights  and the NSTIC proposal.

Here’s a pathway to opting out of BLIZZARDs Real ID program.

c/o K.Dawson for Slashdot >> WSJ

“superapecommando sends along a Wall Street Journal report that indicates that Facebook’s privacy troubles may be just beginning.

Facebook, MySpace, and several other social networking sites have been sending data to advertising companies that could be used to find consumers’ names and other personal details, despite promises they don’t share such information without consent. The practice, which most of the companies defended, sends user names or ID numbers tied to personal profiles being viewed when users click on ads.”  

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CAN YOU PROVE YOUR NOT A TERRORIST with the Identity Project ?

SPECIAL GUEST: Edward Hasbrouck, leading privacy and travel identity blogger/advocate (blogvocate?) updates us on what is happening to paid escalation services to bypass or to expedite time consuming trips with the TSA. Heads up for Nexxus and CLEAR card owners – this is very bad news.

Hasbrouck also discusses the latest on a New Mexico man who is facing jail time for refusing ID to fly. In the trend of the exceptional becoming the norm, it is really high time we started paying WAY more attention to travel surveillance. The US is leading the international pack in the quest to surveill everyone. We discuss what’s driving this in a very special 53 minute interview. Do we still have to worry about an RFID chip? Oh yeah.

SEE ALSO: USA presses travel surveillance and control agenda at ICAO

DIY GOVERNMENT: Continue to send your opposition to National ID programs. Washington needs to hear from your one man army.

BTC – A new privacy scanning browser bookmark has hit the web to search defamed social networking website Feacebook with easy to reach instructions on how to “figure out” where a privacy breach may occur.  While some seek to throw “friends” out with the bathwater, by deleting accounts, mediation services like this one are trying to keep you in reach.  Reclaim Privacy.org wants you to add their Facebook page.

Bittersweet.

SEE ALSO: EFF ‘s Social Networking Bill of Rights

UK MOVES AWAY FROM NATIONAL ID CARD PROGRAM 

BTC _ The United Kingdom has cited “civil liberties” as the chief reason for cancelling the national ID card program and to scrap the National ID registry.   The ID card program was instated as part of the Labour party’s agenda to control immigration and and fight terrorism.  Privacy advocates, like NO2ID,  still seek to repeal  eablished laws on the books.



FACEBOOK SEEKING BALANCE BY INCREASING USER FRIENDLY PRIVACY CONTROLS

Anyone remember,  Tim “Congress must Repeal Real ID” Sparapani ?   While we know defending public identity doesn’t pay much, Sparapani did what he had to do.  Right now he’s the legal counsel for Facebook.   It only feels slightly better that we have one of our own on the inside of the Facebook fight.  While we are still working through our abandonment and betrayal issues, privacy needs more advocacy at Facebook.   WIRED magazine reports Facebook is working on “simplistic user controls” to unsnare profiles from complicated privacy controls which some consider unfair. So unfair, in fact, that transparency gauges were developed for people to watch certain Facebook applications. 


It is an important observation that the user controls at Facebook to delete accounts are hidden.  You’ll have to go off site and dig through WikiHows to figure out how to actually delete your account.   


Whatever… Facecrook is an immense high maintenance pain in the duff.  It’s time to move your clique to another fugee camp – try Diaspora.  While discussions say it is not as well developed or funded , it doesn’t mean it won’t be.  For now, it’s all the buzz amongst privacy pros.  


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BTC – Over the weekend discussions continued about ways to create punitive damage to Facecrook for selling private details of users lives.  Organizers are starting to draw lines in the sand against Facebook for blowing the public trusts, colluding with US intelligence agencies, and selling anything given them to the highest bidder.

Facebook is begging to be stopped.

QUITTING FACEBOOK

On May 31st 2010, organizers “mmilan” and Joseph Dee are quitting Facebook, but they are certainly not alone.  They are organizers for Quit Facebook Day – an online group looking to steer their friends, or to create portability, to more private social networking sites which didn’t take the extreme licenses Facebook has even in the recent past.

Other California organizers are gathering their ranks and becoming informed.   Facebook attracts a lot of people in the see and be seen crowds.  Many young people complain they are non-entitys without social networks.  This is why it is standout to see a Facebook protest cropping up where the bonfire of vanities burn in Los Angeles County. One personality by the name of Alana Joy and another USC student, Christina Gangnier are gathering to resist Facebook in the only ways they know how – by posting and organizing a protest on Facebook and then promoting it using social media.

Other privacy advocates closer to Facebook’s epicenter in Northern California are collecting their thoughts and proceeding with caution.  So far, many objections and concerns were shared at the local Privacy Camps and Web 2.0 workshops, dialogue is ongoing.  One plan is to use Facebook’s extreme example to propell an upgrade for privacy laws which pre-date the Internet.

SEE ALSO: EFF’s Social Networking Bill of Rights

While local and national US concerns are based on privacy and unsolicited surveillance by federal intelligence agencies, Facebook has become a world wide tool for activists today.  The following video shows Egypt’s government grows concerned about the Internet and use of social media by organizers.

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There was no time budget to produce a radio program this week.  HOWEVER, we do have details on an important digest of topics we would have slated for the program.  We liken it to leaving you the place to yourself with an elaborate feast in the fridge and an apology for having to duck out this week.

THERE’S STILL A LOT OF COVERAGE!!

Here’s a sneak peak into NY’s spycam society c/o Loss of Privacy

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WHO’S PROTESTING WHAT

SB 1070 drama continues as more protestors were arrested. This time it wasn’t anywhere near Arizona – it was Los Angeles.  Protests are ongoing in Arizona.  5 more people were arrested; this time over Don’t Ask Don’t Tell at Senator McCain’s office.

Speaking of protest arrests, Amy Goodman is now suing the city of St. Paul Minnesota over her arrest at the RNC. That was an obstruction of real journalism. I recall over 130 accredited journalists were arrested during the 2008 RNC . Many citizen journalists were also arrested and had to deal with bail and charges out of pocket. TruthOut found gaps in the journalism shield laws which didn’t protect their rights.  Bloggers, like Gizmodo editor Jason Chen, aren’t covered. Chen’s home was raided last month over the search for an iPhone prototype. A hearing is scheduled this Friday to sort out what is legal or illegal search and siezure of a blogger’s workplace – which, typically, is their home. We are talking a batched violation here of both 1st and 4th Amendments if Apple and the Redwood City PD are wrong about this.

Along with journalists, the numbers of regular citizens engaged in the political process were arrested en masse along with the dispatch of sonic weaponry during the RNC protests. The Center for Investigative Reporting cites a new book revealing a troubling amount of pre-emptive spying, specifically targeting activists.  COPBOOK, authored by retired policeman Richard Greelis delves more into, the now infamous, Minnesota police “Welcoming Committee” for the RNC and a charachter dubbed Chicken Little.

IF YOU MISSED IT:  A Miami TSA employee lost a lot more than his personal privacy due to an airport body scanner.  The TSA agent became angry over a derisive comment made about the size of his “junk” as he passed through a body scanner.  He then assaulted his co-worker and went to jail.

AND ONE TIME @ PRIVACY CAMP

As always please share the information you find on BeatTheChip.org with others on the net. It’s just a very sad sad reality that Facebook has gone from friend to Facecrook. Stolen and bogus webprofiles are being sold now on the black market. The depth and breadth of the privacy violations caused me to cut short our 20 day evaluation period of their webservice. This years Privacy Camp in San Francisco was little more than a succession of support group circles given tasks on how to deal with the betrayal of our basic trusts as consumers using what I will call now Facecrook. Even if I do have to pay for Ning – I’m already feeling the pains of separation. One condolence coming out of the Center for Democracy & Technology camp is a step by step method to put Facecrook on a privacy lockdown. It’s about 33 steps. Please take them if your not strong enough to leave Mark Zukerberg’s technology.

I’m not sure he should get custody of our friends in the divorce.  There were long discussions about portability earning terms of refugee status.  Social networks numbered in the thousands who would move to temporary another social network or disperse and reconvene at a different time and place.

Our decision became crystalline to delete our profile as it was carefully explained to me that we are “paying” for free services by allowing them – knowingly or unknowingly – to sell the transactional information we give them while using their service.   Since I’m almost violently against surveillance I’m not going to volunteer up for it for free, when I know better.

I’ve seen a lot of hit pieces on FB but I think what really did it in for me was when I saw vitaminWater’s :::connect flavor, a smart beverage partner with Facebook with the the image of a fingerprint on it.  The first words on the bottle’s product description were accusatorial and predatory: “We caught you. Your fingerprints are all over this bottle.”  It was then I decided with finality I would delete ALL of my Facebook accounts.

If you prefer mediation: Wired magazine has called for an Open Alternative.

In this week’s DIY Government:

THE GOVERNMENT PHONES ARE OPEN, but we prefer you to write your Congressional leaders a handwritten note about the most critical issue of your day: your identity.   

There is a window open right now to state how much you really oppose another national ID card program.  If you are opposed to the digital use of your fingerprints or any future biometrics in a social security card or any other form of identification required to work.  You should be heard and heard clearly.  Watch the following video if you fall into the “silent majority” of people who don’t relish a national ID card.  (Pssst! Everyone has power. Especially you!)

Here’s an excellent tutorial:

http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf

NO CAMERAS FOR SAN BRUNO

Special effort award: San Bruno for counting the cost ahead of time and heading off Redflex at the pass. They won’t be signing up for the radar any time soon due to expenses. They performed a preliminary audit – a strategy which is working very very well for the Bay area to opt out of more undue surveillance.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST:  Announcement of a new segment titled: “HEY CITIZEN! Prove You’re Not A Terrorist ”  Because every week it’s something else…