[NetBehaviour] Security at What Cost?
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Wed Feb 27 02:53:04 CET 2008
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> In the meantime, I'd like to toss of a comment about
> the article forwarded here. Since the early 19th
> century some form of the id card has been in the
> making and will continue to preoccupy diverse segments
> of society. Photography quickly became a means of
> collecting visual data and assessing various risk
> populations. It is only to be expected that digital
> means replace mechanical ones. Security has also long
> been an easy means of persuading people to submit to a
> disciplining regimen and to acquiesce in the
> collection of data about minority groups. What we
> need to think about are the ways in which individuals
> manage to subvert or evade this process.
> --- marc garrett <marc.garrett at furtherfield.org>
>> Bruce Schneier: Security at What Cost?
>> National ID System Is Not Worth The $23 Billion
>> Price Tag.
>> he argument was so obvious it hardly needed
>> repeating: We would all be
>> safer if we had a better ID card. A good,
>> hard-to-forge national ID is a
>> no-brainer (or so the argument goes), and it's
>> ridiculous that a modern
>> country such as the United States doesn't have one.
>> One result of this
>> line of thinking is the planned Real ID Act, which
>> forces all states to
>> conform to common and more stringent rules for
>> issuing driver's licenses.
>> But security is always a tradeoff; it must be
>> balanced with the cost. We
>> all do this intuitively. Few of us walk around
>> wearing bulletproof
>> vests. It's not because they're ineffective, it's
>> because for most of
>> us, the tradeoff isn't worth it. It's not worth the
>> cost, the
>> inconvenience, or the loss of fashion sense.
>> According to the Department of Homeland Security's
>> own estimates, Real
>> ID will cost Americans around $23 billion. So is
>> this a good tradeoff
>> for us -- are the security benefits worth the price
>> When most people think of ID cards, they think of a
>> small plastic card
>> with their name and photograph. This isn't wrong,
>> but it's only a small
>> piece of any ID program. What starts out as a
>> seemingly simple security
>> device -- a card that binds a photograph with a name
>> -- rapidly becomes
>> a complex security system.
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