Federal Computer Week: Report suggests ID alternatives

Dibya Sarkar reports on a recent white paper issued by the National Electronic Commerce Coordinating Council.

“An organized, confederated system would not necessarily have as its goal to establish a single business model across all 50 states,” according to the white paper. “Rather, it could allow states to maintain their own processes, yet establish criteria to provide consistent levels of trust in the various credentialing systems that states have established. Determining exactly what metrics would result in such a trust, however, would be a considerable undertaking, but one worth investigating.”

I can’t seem to find a copy of this white paper online. If you find it, I’d welcome an email.

CNET: German government sceptical of Microsoft’s Palladium

In what appears to be the first time a nation has criticized the technology, Germany’s Ministry of Economics and Labor said in a letter to the Bundestag, or parliament, that widespread adoption of Palladium raises the “danger that applications of software for new high-security PCs require a license by Microsoft, resulting in high costs.” The Nov. 26 letter was a response to queries from members of the conservative Christian Democratic Union party.

PWC: Gloomy feelings

The latest PricewaterhouseCoopers Management Barometer Survey is out reporting some gloomy attitudes on the part of senior managers in large US companies.

“U.S. senior executives continue to see uncertainty in the economy caused
by the threat of more terrorism and the possibility of war in the Middle East. More than a year after 9/11, their confidence in a business recovery, which had been building slowly, has weakened considerably,” said Frank Brown, PricewaterhouseCoopers global leader of Assurance and Business Advisory Services. “Only about a third of executives believe the economy is growing, and less
than half have a positive view of its prospects for the year ahead,” he said.