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bigpaws

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Web ID not a good thing
« on: June 28, 2010, 07:09:54 am »
I found read this:
http://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/06/26/1247201/White-House-Unveils-Plans-For-Trusted-Identities-In-Cyberspace

There are words in the draft that are frightening. Like vendors for these certificates. Trusted Computing and it's advantages.
Single points of validation, and all the keys in one basket.

This is from Wikipedia:

In 1997, Schmidt joined Microsoft, as the director of information security, chief information security officer (CISO), and chief security officer (CSO). He was the co-founder of the Trustworthy Computing Security Strategies Group.

So I wonder who all of these vendors serve.

I would guess that to use the internet you start like this.

1. Buy a computer with TPM module and Windows
2. Buy a certificate so that you can establish you identity
3. ID is required for any and all transactions
4. Pay for antivirus and malware programs
5. Pay annual dues to the vendors above.
6. Forced into OS (Windows) upgrades as the roll out

If you do not follow this route than you will not be allowed to
access the internet since you can not prove who you are. The
additional benefit is that now everyone has an ID.

This should not be supported.

Bigpaws

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Re: Web ID not a good thing
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2010, 07:52:06 am »
The entire Trusted Computing concept has been a clusterf**k from the beginning. It forces users into something that they don't want, and can be counterproductive to getting work done. For example, let's say you're working on a document at work, and need to finish it up at home. Unless both machines have the required security chips, you won't be able to do this. Here's an example of how they want to implement it.



This reeks of big government and the current Administration's desire to control all aspects of the citizenry.

Edit -- Here's a FAQ that was written in 2003 about the entire subject.

http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~rja14/tcpa-faq.html
« Last Edit: June 28, 2010, 07:56:57 am by retired1af »
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Re: Web ID not a good thing
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2010, 11:46:12 am »
The proponents of this seem to only concentrate on one side of this: controlling the end user.

Where is the component that would make me trust whoever is on the other end?

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Re: Web ID not a good thing
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2010, 12:41:07 pm »
Good question nightflier. I assume people like Microsoft and Intel will rely on their company's legacies for that.. I wonder what the government would have to rely on.