ITEOTW – Big Brother on the Move

We interrupt our normally scheduled programming to bring you an ITEOTW update.

ITEOTW update?

That’s right, It’s The End Of The World, and we have an update for ‘ya!

It seems that our big brother in Washington D.C. is working overtime to bring you into the warm embrace of monitoring and control. Here’s an excerpt from the InformationWeek article:

White House Preparing National Online ID Plan 

The proposed system for authenticating people, organizations and infrastructure on the web at the transactional level will require an identity ecosystem.

By Mathew J. Schwartz, InformationWeek, June 25, 2010 08:00 AM

The Obama administration is set to propose a new system for authenticating people, organizations and infrastructure on the Web. The online authentication and identity management system would be targeted at the transactional level — for example, when someone logs into their banking website or completes an online e-commerce purchase.

Making such a system effective, however, will require creating an “identity ecosystem,” backed by extensive public/private cooperation, said White House cybersecurity coordinator Howard Schmidt, delivering the opening keynote speech at the Symantec Government Symposium 2010 in Washington on Tuesday.

Read the rest of the article here:

http://www.informationweek.com/news/government/security/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=225701456

If that doesn’t make you nervous, you aren’t paying attention. And, dontcha just LOVE that part where it says ‘voluntary’. Guess how long ‘voluntary’ will last.

Oh, and here’s another take on it from another source:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-20008998-38.html

Folks, it’s starting to look like it’s going to be an interesting ride.