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In Obama Administration’s People-Powered Digital Security Initiative, There’s Lots of Security, Fewer People

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, March 27 2014

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President Obama in 2011 launched an ambitious initiative to rid our digital world of passwords and replace them with new systems with which to identify ourselves. The goal was to make our digital accounts and transactions less hackable and prone to fraud. As Bob Blakley, Citigroup’s director of security innovation put it: “[The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace] is a unique opportunity; it’s the first time a government has offered to accept identity credentials of the citizen’s choice, rather than to impose credentials on the citizens.” But three years into this supposedly citizen-powered process, Kaliya Hamlin, one of the group’s own management council members, and a privacy activist and conference organizer, is charging that the effort is less diverse and inclusive of the citizenry than it should be, and instead is being overtaken by the executives in the digital-security industry. Read More

Mozilla and San Francisco Look to Get Citizens Logging In to Government

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, May 3 2012

The city of San Francisco and Mozilla have made it into the next round of a competition being run by a federal government standards body that is designed to produce a better system for managing verified identity online. It's an early test of a White House-backed plan to build out new and different ways of linking real-world identity with online activity even as the Internet titans Facebook and Google seem to be taking up ever more room in the exact same line of business, and it has implications not just for other interactions with government, but for commerce and for free speech online. Read More

Freaking Out Over "National Online IDs"

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, January 11 2011

Over on Fast Company, Kaliya Hamlin, best known to the world as "Identity Woman," makes that case that folks need to simmer down a bit over the notion that the Obama administration is cooking up a scheme to ... Read More

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