Thursday, April 14, 2011

Dept. of Commerce "unveils" NSTIC details 4-15 (not Tax Day)

BTC - A correction was made. Tax Day is in fact April 18th, 2011 vs. April 15th as commonly considered. Unless of course, April 15th falls on a Friday.

The following Department of Commerce Meeting will webcast live at 11:30 AM EDT.
4-15-2011- Doors opens at 11:00 a.m. for viewing of technology demonstrations.  Program starts at 11:30 a.m.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Senior White House Officials to Unveil Administration’s National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace

Strategy lays out vision for a more secure online environment, led by private-sector technology innovations

WASHINGTON – Tomorrow, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will be joined by Chair of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling and White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard A. Schmidt to release the administration’s National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) – a White House initiative to improve online security, increase privacy and foster economic growth and innovation online. Hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the event will include a panel discussion with industry leaders and privacy advocates, as well as demonstrations of innovative smart technologies being developed to improve online authentication. 

NSTIC is a key building block in the national effort to secure cyberspace. According to industry surveys, as many as 8 million Americans are victims of online fraud and identity theft each year and lose an average of $631 out-of-pocket per incident. Through a private sector-led effort facilitated by the government, NSTIC aims to make online transactions more trustworthy and enhance consumers’ privacy, thereby giving businesses and consumers more confidence to conduct business online.
To learn more about the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, visit the NSTIC website at:

WHO: Gary Locke, U.S. Secretary of Commerce

  • Gene B. Sperling, Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and
  • Director of the National Economic Council
  • Jane Holl Lute, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security
  • Howard A. Schmidt, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator
  • Ann Beauchesne, Vice President National Security and Emergency Preparedness, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Barbara Mikulski, U.S. Senator, Maryland 
  • Dan Lungren, U.S. Representative, California

  • Leslie Harris, President and CEO, Center for Democracy and Technology 
  • Susan Landau, Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University 
  • Eric Sachs, Senior Product Manager, Internet Identity, Google

Release of the Administration’s National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace 
Friday, April 15th, 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. EST

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
1615 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20062



Anonymous said...

So, since Gary Locke is very friendly to Microsoft (from his time as Governor of Washington), I certainly hope this won't cause all us GNU/Linux users to be pushed into the dark by requiring some mandatory msft-related process.

IMHO - Just seems like government should rather keep its hands off the Internet in this sense..

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Anonymous said...

Why do I get the feeling that privacy will be secondary "at best".

This assembly is packed with Government officials who has a strong conflict of interest in protecting privacy -- the very agencies who they represent want the data.

The NIST homepage tagline
"Making Online Transactions Safer, Faster, and More Private"

Private isn't even more important than faster.

The Alternative? Get DHS and National Security out of the room.

If this is an ecommerce issue, then DHS has no business being here. DHS has no oversight. Who watches the watcher? Safer for who?


bless your soul.

Anonymous said...

Mark of the Beast.

Attention Citizen... you will not be permitted to buy or sell anything on the Internet without your NSTIC federal Internet license. In addition, all buying and selling of anything, period, must now be done over the Internet (so we can monitor it). Any attempt to circumvent will become a felony crime.

Have I gotten the jist of what they're trying to accomplish?

David J Griffin said...

The Irony is just too apparent that they are releasing a subdued way to control the internet on the same day that "Atlas Shrugged" is being released... Which describes exactly how an overzealous and increasingly oppressive government does such things.

One has to question whether government will now decide if you have been bad and now not allowed to maintain an ID on their system and subsequently not allowed on the internet.

Anonymous said...

Tax day is the 18th this year...

Anonymous said...

I have revised my former opinion: the Obama administration is not marxist, it is stalinist.

Anonymous said...

Anyone out there who voted for Barry O. because Bush was just a dictator who wanted to destroy civil rights, please raise your hand...


Rick Caird said...

Forgive me for being skeptical of our government "by the thugs for the thugs". This is not about keeping the internet safe. This is about government control and tracking of internet users. These guys would be delighted if they could convince us we really do want a GPS on our IP address.

Anonymous said...

"It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name."


Willys said...

*White House initiative
*improve online security
*increase privacy
*foster economic growth
*innovation online
*panel discussion
*industry leaders
*privacy advocates
*innovative smart technologies
*improve online authentication

All euphemisms for government interference.

Anonymous said...

It seems that making the voter registration system more secure would be a higher priority. I agree with those that think this is the way that the government will assure that we pay taxes on our internet transactions. The real objective is to collect more money.

Jeff H said...

Tax Day is April 18 this year, not because April 15 is a Friday, but because April 15 is Emancipation Day--a holiday in the District of Columbia. Federal law dictates that when Tax Day would fall on a holiday, it is moved to the next business day, even if the "holiday" is some crank racist attempt to get off work for no good reason.

Anonymous said...

Everything this administration does in cyberspace is designed to silence dissenting voices by any means available. Only the one true national Democratic narrative will be allowed to prevail.

I for one welcome our new totalitarian single party overlords, for they, and only they, know what is best for us.

Anonymous said...

Attention Citizen... you will not be permitted to buy or sell anything on the Internet without your NSTIC federal Internet license. In addition, all buying and selling of anything, period, must now be done over the Internet (so we can monitor it). Any attempt to circumvent will become a felony crime.

Nathan said...

The problem with the Internet is that it works too well. Most people are happy, and reasonable precautions can more-or-less keep them safe, too. Because it works, it doesn't need to be regulated; because it doesn't need to be regulated, bureaucrats can't take it's wealth and power as their own.

The solution? Fostering! Security! Initiative! Foster this, secure that, initiate another thing, and pretty soon the Net will be kinda broken. People will be upset. Then we can regulate it! For their own good, and to widespread approval, naturally.

Between this and the recent (illegal) FCC announcement that they have jurisdiction over ISPs, I give us 10 years, tops. Corporate greed and bureaucratic power-lust are deadly enemies of freedom.