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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.”  

THIS WEEK ON WAKING UP ORWELL

Make sure to search “Facebook” on this blog’s search bar to pull all of the tangential news. Why waste a perfectly good show complaining about it, when really important news is getting no coverage – like in the case of our Special Guest.

NEW TO THE SHOW: Ambient Music!
Here’s how it works… cue it up from this link and hit the play button during Ed Hasbrouck’s world class interview. You can listen to the interview with or without the sound. It should calm it down so you can be a rational sane person during and after this interview vs. someone super agitated while you have to get through the rest of your day.

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