Monday, February 8, 2010

Convicted monopolist wants RealID for Internet

Yes indeed, Craig Mundie, head of Microsoft Research, wants a "driver's license" for the Internet.

This is the craziest thing I ever heard of. It's estimated that 20% of drivers here in the state of California don't have a driver's license. Despite that, they still drive, even though if they're caught it means their car would be impounded and they'd face possible jail time. But people who are here illegally, have had driving rights removed for legal reasons such as DWI, or whatever, a lot of them choose to drive anyhow despite those risks.

There are no traffic cops on the Internet to stop you and seize your computer if you don't have the proper Internet driver's license, so how the heck would any such thing be enforced? I mean, it's as if Craig Mundie never heard of the fact that Social Security cards, birth certificates, and driver's licenses are regularly forged.

There are a lot of things that can be done to improve Internet security, such as cutting off any ISP that refuses to deal with spam or DOS attacks emanating from its IP addresses. But this? This is a non-starter. Apparently Mr. Mundie still hasn't figured out that not everybody is a law-abiding Microsoftie like he is, and that people will violate the law if they feel that it is in their best interests to do so. I mean, all he has to do is look at his own employer, for cryin' out loud! Where there is a will, there is a way -- even if it requires forgery. If Mr. Mundie's proposal were adopted, the only people who would comply would be law-abiding people, which sort of renders the whole thing useless, don't you think?


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