Editorial on Ellison, McNealy, and national ID card

Clay Shirky clay@shirky.com
Thu, 25 Oct 2001 21:07:50 -0400 (EDT)

> But if the cost 

You misspeled "when the cost". 

> ...of a good primary key drops to the point where anyone who (say)
> commits a crime or gets a mortgage has to provide the ID, where are
> we?

We're here. That's what I'm sayin'

> If we're *really* stuck with a unique "primary key", should we instead
> push for one big database of personal information, with the
> ability/requirement to federate data to it (medical data, tax data, credit
> data, magazine subscription data)?  If the law required both visibility of
> both private and public data, and the use of the GUID, then perhaps we can
> by policy and technology get better control over data.

...or, alternatively, require a "Dump on presentment" rule, where I can
give my key to anybody, and they are required to give me a data dump
of everything connected to that key....