Government 2.0 Club is an informal organization focused on convening the tribe of technologists and thinkers focused on applying social technologies to the governments worldwide.
OpenID for government websites
September 14, 2009 at 5:21 am #80376
Last week at the Gov 2.0 Summit, Vivek Kundra announced pilot progams to deploy OpenID on a few federal government websites. You can read the press release at http://openid.net/2009/09/09/yahoo-paypal-google-equifax-aol-verisign-acxiom-citi-privo-wave-systems-pilot-open-identity-for-open-government-2/
The OpenID Foundation is looking forward to feedback on how to best leverage OpenID, OAuth, Portable Contacts, OpenSocial, and Activity Streams for the benefit of federal agencies and the citizens that they serve.
Additionally, we welcome input on how to further extend and enhance OpenID to increase its benefits for federal agencies. There is a feedback forum at http://ideas.openid.net/pages/252-ideas?lang=en&utm_campaign=Widgets&utm_content=tab-widget&utm_medium=widget&utm_source=openid.uservoice.com or just click the feedback tab on the left side of the page at http://openid.net/
Thanks in advance for your thoughts and suggestions.
Brian Kissel, Chairman - OpenID Foundation
September 28, 2009 at 10:35 pm #80382
October 2, 2009 at 9:18 pm #80380
October 7, 2009 at 7:50 pm #80378
How about a digital passport in the form of a worn wireless device capable of identifying the owner on demand. The idea is to make the entire process of verifying access disappear into infrastructure. Computers detect who is using them by communicating with the badge or device and you needn't even see links to places you couldn't go.
Every time I go to the grocery store, I must enter my phone number in order to receive a discount. I need a code for the ATM machine, and a whole host of information in the form of secrets and passwords in order to bank online. Notice that the grocery store has to pay me to identify myself, while the bank is free to make it as challenging as they like.
In my opinion, what we're seeing above is a consequence of the failure of our government to take its role of protecting us very seriously. This negligence has left both us and our entire infrastructure more vulnerable to exploitation. I realize that what is holding up the issue of a federal identification token of some kind is the fear of inadvertently permitting the technology to create a police state. This is a true crisis because we are refusing to consider the only honestly workable solution for an absurd reason. It doesn't change the governments responsibility either. It just makes it a lot more challenging.
I think the way to sell it to the public is to connect the idea with protecting their privacy, taxing the underground economy, as a solution to illegal immigration, and in conjunction with a hefty tax break across the lower 50% of incomes. It needs a sophisticated ad campaign to explain that the whole purpose of the technology is to make it very difficult for anyone but us to keep information about us. The credit card company has no business knowing where we spend our money unless we want to share that with them. But they get it for free by standing as the go between in the transaction and they use it to turn us and our data into a commodity they can then sell. This technology allows the federal government to protect you from everyone you do business with, from even your own local government. It allows you to take complete control over all of the information there is about you. This is about giving more teeth to the fifth amendment, not less.
An identification system of this sort would permit a national sales tax that only people spending unreported income would have to pay. The rest of us would have earned a sales tax credit for every dollar of income that was applied at each transaction, even when in cash. Everyone with such a id token would enjoy a great many new opportunities, from being able to sell their data to the same folks who used to buy it from their banks and grocers, to a vast new array of tools developers will create to help people mine useful information about themselves from the data. It would open up vast new opportunities to correlate lifestyle and consumption habits with medical issues to create a more preemptive health care industry.
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