Oh boy, this one is a doozy.
Read the rest of "Uncle Sam's brilliant new idea: An online driver's license" at InfoWorld.com
The U.S government is going to start testing its new and well-thought-out identity consolidation program. It's the NSTIC (National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace), and it basically works like an online Uncle Sam-approved driver's license. What a great idea! Absolutely nothing could possibly go wrong. At all.
It's not as though our trusted Uncle Sam has a near-omnipotent arm of data-hungry spy weenies with a track record for abusing their powers that's so long and awful it makes me sprint to the liquor cabinet whenever I think about it. Or that government sites, networks, and databases like the U.S. Navy or the Department of Energy (to name only a very, very few) are about as safe as a dinner party at Kim Jong-Un's house. Or that the same people who are supposed to protect our most valuable data -- like, say, the IRS -- couldn't be bothered to upgrade their non-secure desktop OS (Windows XP, which now stands for eXtra Porous) before the support deadline ran out.