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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

[BackChannel] Prediction for 2013: Keep an Eye on Identity

BY Gadi Ben-Yehuda | Friday, December 14 2012

In this post for Backchannel, our ongoing conversation between practitioners and close observers at the intersection of technology and politics, Gadi Ben-Yehuda predicts that advances in online identity management will be a top trend to watch in 2013. Read More

White House Rolls Out Plan to Get to Next-Generation Digital Identity

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, April 15 2011

The awaited National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace dropped today. Let's get this out of the way at the start: yes, this is the "National Online ID Card" that you might have heard talked about, ... Read More