For close to two years project development and civc engagement at NIST for the National Strategy for Trusted Identity in Cyberspace (NSTIC) has been delegated to a body known as the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group or IDESG.
While there has been a moderate-to-high levels of concern that this project could evolve into a national ID system, the input has fallen on deaf ears. Two of the first 5 project pilots going out were for biometric online ID cards for smartphone port at US borders and machine readable passport conventions which included biometrics.
While the IDESG has a civic engagement structure, it became very apparent that the group’s oversight and development of these programs were not consistent with any concerns expressed over a national ID system. One of the reasons is that the group’s organizers are a federated biometric’s lobby, Trusted Federated ID.
None of the civic input expressed at these IDESG meetings will fall on accountable grounds. The input good or bad will be fielded by a biometrics lobby. Any input expressed at the IDESG group meetings would not be fielded by an actual government body accountable to the public.
A biometric lobby will only seek its own interests. It should not be in a place to field or invite public input as fake, unaccountable government. This is an egregious conflict of interest.
They and others recruited by their interests at IDESG have been asking the public to attend these meetings and have even been claiming they are a government body by some members.
A conflict of interest complaint has been submitted to the Dept of Commerce, Office of the Inspector General (OIG).
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