- Dept. of Commerce, experts meet to discuss identity ecosystem
I hope this really is more than a white-wash of the past attempts at a controversial nation ID plan. Matthew Lasar at Ars Technica quites the Commerce Secretary who seems keenly aware of the scrutiny, and skepticism, leveled at this latest go round on trying to shore up security and privacy for online transactions. Right off the bat the use of the label ecosystem but a draft that stipulates highly centralized authorities still seem very much at odds. This is all at the discussion stage, hopefully progress will reveal a model that better fits the label, with room for multiple trust authorities that will compete in some way to keep the system honest.
- Breakthrough in microscopic lasers
Esther Inglis-Arkell at io9 has a science post on the progress and challenges in shrinking usable lasers down to the scale found on most microchips. The research done at Berkeley that overcomes heat and energy dissipation problems with past approaches could lead to some amazing developments in a variety of fields from sensing to optical computing and communication.
- Twitter stands up to gag order, subpoena for user data of WikiLeaks’ associated accounts, Wired
- Google TV jail break opens up access to non-blessed services, developers, ReadWriteWeb
- ISP association warns EU legislators that website blocks don’t work, Slashdot