President Obama’s new cyber-security chief is proposing to create an online “trusted identity system” with the goal of allowing individuals and organizations to “utilize secure, efficient, easy-to-use, and interoperable identity solutions to access online services in a manner that promotes confidence, privacy, choice and innovation.”

Like most federal trial balloons, this proposal is very short on details, but one can’t deny that the idea of being able to operate securely online with a minimum of passwords and other security measures is appealing. According to the Obama administration’s draft proposal, “the Strategy defines and promotes an Identity Ecosystem that supports trusted online environments. The Identity Ecosystem is an online environment where individuals,organizations, services, and devices can trust each other because authoritative sources establish and authenticate their digital identities.”

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