Over the last few years Belgium has been developing a credit card like Identity Cards system, named the eID. In 2005, the swap between the classic
plastified paper cards and the electronic version of the ID has started, the new ID is designed to hold information ranging from your Identity, to
things like your bloodgroup, alergies, donor card and drivers lisence.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates wishes to integrate the belgian Electronic ID into MSN Messenger and posibly other MS Apps in the future.
He envisions this type of ID to be the next step in making the internet a safer place.
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The article referenced is only a short one about this, the long article about it wasn't published online by this paper.
Bill Gates said he wishes to use this kind of eID to keep the wrong age of people, out of childrens chatrooms, to help parents define what agegroup of
people their children would be allowed to talk to or even let parents define who exactly their children can talk to. For instance, alowing just the
childrens classmates and kids they already know.
This can also be used as a saveguard to keep registered pedofiles out of all sorts of chatrooms and keep them from contacting children online.
Most people that know me will also know I'm totaly against this kind of goverment involvement in internet security, but if used correctly, this
implementation into MS software could be a good thing. As long as grownups aren't bothered by it.
Eventhough belgium is the country where Bill Gates got a cream cake smacked into his face 2ce, for some reason he still loves belgium and the projects
that are developed here.
In cooperation with Bill and Microsoft, Belgium has built 2 "Living Tomorrow - House of the Future" projects in Belgium, 1 in amsterdam and
currently one planned in the UK next to the Millenium Dome.
[edit on 6-4-2005 by thematrix]