Archive for January, 2011 “Internet ‘Kill Switch’ Legislation Back in Play”

In a posting by David Kravets, reports that "legislation granting the president internet-killing powers is to be reintroduced soon" in the Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.  Specifically, the bill is S. 3480, the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act. Sen. Susan Collins, the ranking Republican on the Committee and sponsor of […]

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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 […]

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ACLU: Don’t Put Your Trust in “Trusted Identities”

From the American Civil Liberties Union's web site dated 1/07/2011: Obama administration officials spoke today about the "National Strategies for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace." … In short, it's possible that if all the stars lined up perfectly, this "online identity ecosystem" could be a good thing. Unfortunately, there are too many reasons to doubt that […]

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Electronic Frontier Foundation Believes that NSTIC “poses a serious threat to privacy and free speech online” — Fox News

According to a Fox News article: Lee Tien, a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a privacy advocacy group, told that he believes that the initiative poses a serious threat to privacy and free speech online. "It's not entirely clear to me what, even now after having followed this program for months, […]

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Jan 17th, 2011 NS-TIC

Privacy advocates, Boise State expert say no thanks to federal government ID – Boise State’s Student Media

In an article entitled "Privacy advocates, Boise State expert say no thanks to federal government ID," The Arbiter Online ("Boise State's Independent Student Media") reports concerning the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace: So far privacy advocates have given the idea a big thumbs down. Essentially, the article argues that the NSTIC violates the […]

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Jan 17th, 2011 NS-TIC

NY Times does extensive report on STUXNET – 1-16-11

Israel Tests on Worm Called Crucial in Iran Nuclear Delay By WILLIAM J. BROAD, JOHN MARKOFF and DAVID E. SANGER Published: January 15, 2011 Operations at Israel’s Dimona complex are among the strongest clues that the Stuxnet computer worm was an American-Israeli project to sabotage the Iranian nuclear program. [continue] Please follow and like us:

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Jan 16th, 2011 Stuxnet

“NSTIC is not a national ID” – Podcast from SecureIDNews of Exec. Dir. of Center For Democracy and Technology

SecureIDNews is carrying this podcast of Jim Dempsey, vice president for public policy at the Center for Democracy and Technology. Dempseyepisode68_011311   Please follow and like us:

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Jan 16th, 2011 NS-TIC

Federal Government Launches Dedicated Web Site for NSTIC

Last week, , a web site dedicated solely to NSTIC was launched by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a part of the Department of Commerce. Please follow and like us:

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Jan 16th, 2011 NS-TIC

Forum on National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace at Stanford on 1/7/11

  More videos can be found at , where this description appears: On Jan. 7, 2010, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, and Howard A. Schmidt, Special Assistant to the President and Cybersecurity Coordinator at The White House, spoke at an event held in Silicon Valley about the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyber […]

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Jan 16th, 2011 NS-TIC

White House Blog Entry on New Program Office for NSTIC

From The White House: A National Program Office for Enhancing Online Trust and Privacy Posted by Howard A. Schmidt on January 07, 2011 at 06:34 PM EST Today, at Stanford University, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and I were pleased to announce that the Commerce Department will host a National Program Office (NPO) in support of […]

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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. She is the 2018-9 Editor in Chief of the Syracuse Law Review, as well as a member of the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and the senior editor for the Syrian Accountability Project. 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. 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

Anna Maria Castillois 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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