Ever since the Internet became public, pols have become increasingly less comfortable with its openness and its ability to freely disseminate information at the speed of light. This could be in part due to the ability of individuals to share knowledge and opinions that are contrary to political agendas. It’s also introduced unprecedented and unwelcome transparency. The optional of revealing identity has enabled the whistle blower to cry foul with less fear of reprisal.
The Obama administration is currently touting the benefits of a centrally managed identity system in yet another effort to exert some control over American internet users. While it’s claimed goals may seem benevolent, the dark underbelly enables the violation of the 4th and 9th amendments to the Constitution and pushes into the boundaries of a couple more.
The federal government has no constitutional role in Internet identity. Netizens already have the ability to provide identity as they see fit. Where are verified identity is required, the open market has provided solutions. These solutions do need to evolve and improve. Washington, who has repeatedly demonstrated its inability and lack of will to defend or secure individuals’ data, has proven it is not a capable guardian. Involving it in any attempts to improve would likely result in something resembling a virtual version of how it controls national borders.
Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. – Benjamin Franklin.
The Internet is no different that the town square, public market or lecture hall of the physical world except for the fact that it does not exist within the boundaries of any nation. The pols have lost control of information and they want it back. We need to be forever vigilant in keeping our Internet free, open, and secure from political interference as well the common criminal.