The Heritage Foundation: “National Internet ID: Calls for Caution”

Jena Baker McNeill and James Carafano, Ph.D., both of The Heritage Foundation, have recently published a short paper, called a "WebMemo," in which they essentially have laid out the pros and cons of the Administration's proposed National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace. They caution that "[b]efore the federal government progresses too far on its project, it is worthwhile to draw some clear boundaries on what makes sense and what does not."  

In a nutshell, The Heritage Foundation holds that while the Obama Administration may have set its sights on a target worthy of concern and analysis, the proposed "government-run or government-directed Internet ID system presents a risk to liberty that simply outweighs the potential security benefits." 

The "cons," according to The Heritage Foundation, which are conveniently labeled "Red Flags," are that the proposed "government-directed national ID system could destroy online anonymity"; "become the equivalent of a national ID";  and could "crowd out private-sector efforts to improve online credentialing."  

Not surprisingly, The Heritage Foundation's recommendations are aimed at addressing the above concerns by "[f]ocus[ing] on improving the efficiency, effectiveness, and integration of federal trusted identity programs"; "develop[ing] more effective public-private partnerships to address cyber concerns"; and "exploit[ing[ the advantages of the free market."  

 

The Heritage Foundation's entire "WebMemo," dated January 27, 2011, can be found at  the link provided above, or here.  

 

 

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Professor William Snyder

Professor William C. Snyderis a member of the faculty of the Institute for National Security and Counter-terrorism at Syracuse University after fifteen years with the United States Department of Justice.

Ryan D. White

Ryan D. WhiteRyan is currently a third year law student at Syracuse University College of Law, and is also pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Ryan spent time with Homeland Security Investigations while pursuing his undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University, and spent his first summer of law school as clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of New York. He is a member of Syracuse Law Review, the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and participates in the Veteran’s Legal Clinic. Full biography

Shelby E. Mann

Ryan D. WhiteShelby is a second year law student at the Syracuse University College of Law. During her final year at the University of Missouri, she served as a full-time news producer for ABC 17 News. Shelby spent her first summer of law school at the Shelby County District Attorney General's Office in Memphis, Tenn., in the Public Corruption and Economic Crimes Unit. She is a member of Syracuse Law Review, the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and the senior editor for the Syrian Accountability Project. Full biography

Christopher w. FolkChristopher W. Folk

is a 2017 graduate of SU College of Law. A non-traditional student, Christopher returned to academia after spending nearly twenty years in the high tech industry. Christopher served in the Marine Corps, graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. In Applied Economics and Business Management, attended Northeastern University’s High-Tech MBA Program and received a M.S. In Computer Information Systems. Christopher previously worked in Software Engineering. Christopher is currently serving his second term as Town Justice for the Town of Waterloo. Christopher externed with a Cybersecurity firm in the Washington, D.C. area between his first and second year at SU College of Law. Full biography

Anna Maria Castillo

is 2016 graduate of Syracuse College of Law. She also holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She has interned at a London-based think-tank that specializes in transnational terrorism and global security and at the legal department of a defense contractor. She served as an executive editor in the Syracuse Law Review. Full biography

Jennifer A. CamilloJennifer A. Camillo

is a 2015 graduate of Syracuse College of Law and is a prosecutor. She has served as a law clerk in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York and the Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office and as an extern in the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office. She was a member of the Syracuse National Trial Team and was awarded the Tiffany Cup by the New York Bar Association for her trial advocacy achievements.

Tara J. PistoreseTara J. Pistorese

holds Juris Doctor and Masters of Public Administration degrees from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and its College of Law. She wrote for this blog when a student. She is now a member of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps.

Benjamin Zaiser

is both a scholar and a Federal Agent of the Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany. (Opinions expressed here are his own and not any part of official duty.) Full biography

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