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Dig deep into your memories, and see if you remember the NSTIC? The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace was first announced by Obama in 2011, and is somewhat mis-named, since it intends to operate on a global scale. For online identity verification to work, it needs to be operable across borders, just like the Internet. Each country is developing their own version of the same package, but using the same standards, such as by aligning with the Open Identity Exchange (OIX). In the UK, for instance, the plan to make all government services online only is well under way, and having an online ID will be the only way to interact with the State. Universal Credit is soon to be rolled out, and all claimants will have to use their online ID in order to claim, and receive, benefits
The main way the NSTIC will be initialised, it would seem, will be as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), which mandates the use of electronic health/medical records, and is set to take effect in 2014. To make sure all organisations are prepared for this, the Obama Administration has provided subsidies to cover the cost of converting paper records into an electronic format, which, “has fueled something of an explosion in companies developing and providing online personal health records (PHR) services and systems to patients and doctors alike.”
Now, anyone with an Android or Blackberry phone can use the CredenSE NFC microSD, released by DeviceFidelity, Inc., which is, “the world’s first NFC secure element solution that is open and accessible to any service provider globally”.
There is a fortune to be made by marketers from the data collected in this way – and it is also fundamental to population simulations which are said to predict disease and unrest, and are therefore ‘necessary’ for policy formation. In other words, the data from our identity profiles gives a very clear picture of the global population, helping the Corporate State make predictions, and perfect their social engineering techniques. It is the Corporate State that holds the best computing power that money can buy, giving them the permanent edge in the cyber battlefield. No matter how secure we’re told identity management is, the NSA will always be able to gain access to our purely electronic lives.