What if you needed a license to log-in and use the Internet? The idea is not to far-fetched and could be right around the corner depending on the outcome of the TPP. Dr Carr-Gregg has collaborated with Google to create an internet “drivers license”, which he believes is a defining example of “technology companies starting to recognize their responsibilities”.
The test for the license puts young people in random digital scenarios and tests their internet surfing skills on what they would believe, what they’d click and how they would behave. This will give you a form of “digital citizenship”.
The “National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace” has been testing a similar program.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation quickly responded pointing out concerns surrounding the NSTIC’s program.
According to the EFF website, “The White House recently released a draft of a troubling plan titled “National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace” (NSTIC). In previous iterations, the project was known as the “National Strategy for Secure Online Transactions” and emphasized, reasonably, the private sector’s development of technologies to secure sensitive online transactions. But the recent shift to “Trusted Identities in Cyberspace” reflects a radical — and concerning — expansion of the project’s scope.
The draft NSTIC now calls for pervasive, authenticated digital IDs and makes scant mention of the unprecedented threat such a scheme would pose to privacy and free speech online. And while the draft NSTIC “does not advocate for the establishment of a national identification card” (p. 6), it’s far from clear that it won’t take us dangerously far down that road. Because the draft NSTIC is vague about many basic points, the White House must proceed with caution and avoid rushing past the risks that lay ahead. Here are some of our concerns.
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