Earlier this month, the White House released its draft National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC). This week, CDT submitted comments as part of the public comment process on the National Strategy.
CDT has written about the National Strategy before. We welcome the National Strategy to the conversation because it has the ability to motivate private digital ID technology efforts and ensure that they are compatible with those developed by the government.
The government will be one of the major consumers of identity, for example, for delivery of online services to citizens and the authentication of contractors and employees, so the government has a built-in interest in the success of online identity systems.
Identity technologies are often criticized as disparate, and the "open pile" approach needs a central organization that can encourage innovation. The Federal government can have a positive effect on the field by setting standards and creating incentives for a diverse system.
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