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By Declan McCullagh
January 7, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. -- President Obama is planning to hand the U.S.
Commerce Department authority over a forthcoming cybersecurity effort to
create an Internet ID for Americans, a White House official said here
It's "the absolute perfect spot in the U.S. government" to centralize
efforts toward creating an "identity ecosystem" for the Internet, White
House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt said.
That news, first reported by CNET, effectively pushes the department to
the forefront of the issue, beating out other potential candidates,
including the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland
Security. The move also is likely to please privacy and civil-liberties
groups that have raised concerns in the past over the dual roles of
police and intelligence agencies.
The announcement came at an event today at the Stanford Institute for
Economic Policy Research, where U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and
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