The Economist Touts "Cyberdream" Of Global 'National ID System'

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Submitted by Michael Snyder of The American Dream blog,

Would you like to have a digital identity card that is automatically issued to you at birth?  In one European nation, residents use such a card when they go to the hospital, when they do their banking, when they go shopping and even when they vote.  This card has become so popular that this particular European country actually plans to start issuing them to millions of non-citizens all over the planet who request them.  Never heard about this?  Neither had I before this week.  The Economist is calling for the entire planet to adopt this “national identification system” that the little nation of Estonia has adopted.  The Economist is touting all of the “benefits” of a “national identification card”, but are there dangers as well?  Could adopting such a system potentially open the door for greater government tyranny than we have ever known before?

The Economist article about this national identification scheme went largely unnoticed because it had a very boring title: “Estonia takes the plunge“.  But the content of the article is absolutely startling.  The Economist article calls the Estonian national identification system a “cyberdream” and makes it sound like it will solve all of our problems…

There is one place where this cyberdream is already reality. Secure, authenticated identity is the birthright of every Estonian: before a newborn even arrives home, the hospital will have issued a digital birth certificate and his health insurance will have been started automatically. All residents of the small Baltic state aged 15 or over have electronic ID cards, which are used in health care, electronic banking and shopping, to sign contracts and encrypt e-mail, as tram tickets, and much more besides—even to vote.

If this was just limited to Estonia, it would be disturbing enough.  But according to the Economist, the Estonian government plans to start issuing these cards to millions of “satellite Estonians” all over the world…

That has left a gap in the global market—one that Estonia hopes to fill. Starting later this year, it will issue ID cards to non-resident “satellite Estonians”, thereby creating a global, government-standard digital identity. Applicants will pay a small fee, probably around €30-50 ($41-68), and provide the same biometric data and documents as Estonian residents. If all is in order, a card will be issued, or its virtual equivalent on a smartphone (held on a special secure module in the SIM card).


Some good ideas never take off because too few people embrace them. And with just 1.3m residents, Estonia is a tiddler—even with the 10m satellite Estonians the government hopes to add over the next decade. What may provide the necessary scale is a European Union rule soon to come into force that will require member states to accept each others’ digital IDs. That means non-resident holders of Estonian IDs, wherever they are, will be able not only to send each other encrypted e-mail and to prove their identity to web-service providers who accept government-issued identities, but also to do business with governments anywhere in the EU.

The Economist hopes that Estonia will become a model that the rest of the world will follow.

But do we really want government to have that much control over our lives?

If we need this “digital identity card” to go shopping, do banking or get health care, it would also give the government the power to revoke those “privileges” in a heartbeat.

Already there are countless examples of how governments around the world are using information databases in abusive ways.  For instance, one new lawsuit in the U.S. alleges that average citizens have been put in a ‘terror database’ for doing such things as buying computers and waiting for family members at train stations.

Do we really want to go even further down this road?

And of course “identity cards” can be lost, stolen and forged.  The next logical step would be to permanently implant our identity cards.

To many older Americans, such a notion sounds ludicrous, but many younger Americans are so eager to adopt this kind of technology that they are actually doing it to themselves.  Just check out the following excerpt from a recent NBC News article about “biohackers”…

In tattoo parlors and basements around the world, people are turning themselves into cyborgs by embedding magnets and computer chips directly into their bodies.

They call themselves biohackers, cyborgs and grinders. With each piece of technology they put beneath their skin, they are exploring the boundaries — and the implications — of fusing man and machine.


Welcome to the world of biohacking.


It’s a niche community at the literal bleeding edge of body modification, and it attracts fervent fans from a variety of schools of thought. Some simply enjoy experimenting with new tech. Others use the magnets and chips for utilitarian purposes.

Does that sound creepy to you?

It should.

But it isn’t just people on the fringes of society that are interested in these kinds of technologies.

For example, electronics giant LG says that it wants to put an electronic tracking device on your child

Various tech companies have introduced wearable devices over the last few years that track your steps or heartbeat and even deliver your e-mails to your wrist.


Is electronically tracking your kid the next frontier?


LG announced a new device Wednesday morning, the KizON wristband, designed to let parents keep track of their child’s whereabouts. The KizON uses GPS, WiFi and mobile Internet signals to identify the user’s location in real time and sends the information to an Android app.

And billionaire Bill Gates is helping to develop an implant that “acts as a contraceptive for 16 years”

Helped along by one of the world’s most notable billionaires, a U.S. firm is developing a tiny implant that acts as a contraceptive for 16 years — and can be turned on or off using a remote control.


The birth control microchip, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, would hold nearly two decades worth of a hormone commonly used in contraceptives and dispense 30 micrograms a day, according to a report from the MIT Technology Review.


The new birth control, which is set to begin preclinical testing next year with hopes of putting it on shelves in 2018, can be implanted in the buttocks, upper arm or abdomen.

Whether you are ready or not, these technologies are coming.

For now, they are voluntary.

But eventually a day may come when you will be required to have an “identity chip” in order to buy, sell, conduct banking, have a job or go to the hospital.

When that day arrives, what will you do?

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SilverIsMoney's picture

Mark of the beast...

fightthepower's picture

That motherfucker needs to die!

CH1's picture

And American Christians will find reasons to comply.

Liberal's picture

As a staunch liberal, I believe we should put a tiny micro chip in every human being so that we can track everyone and collect taxes.

Thank you.

Headbanger's picture

And I believe we should also implant a few ounces of C4 wired to that micro chip so retards like you can be exploded by Chinese hackers.


AssFire's picture

"As a staunch liberal, I believe we should put a tiny micro chip in every human being so that we can track everyone and collect taxes"

In fact there will be no need for theses chips at all for the parasitic classes but they will be valuable for detecting producers who attempt to flee the tax slave states of Amurika.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

The LAST thing our world needs is a world ID.  Imagine the abuse!  

Maybe I can claim illiteracy!  Watchutalkingbout?  I can't even READ no laws!

One way or another, my opinion is that we will find a way to avoid World Slavery.

boattrash's picture

Use razorblade to remove microchip, imlant into stray dog or cat, put turpentine on animal's ass and let them track that.

The Alarmist's picture

Whoa, dude ... that's some twisted shit.

Pool Shark's picture



Please tell me you're being sarcastic...

What's ironic about this is that currently, the easiest people to track are liberals. Anyone with an EBT card can be tracked in real time by their transactions (exact location, amount spent, etc.). And the information is pretty widely available in government circles...


DaddyO's picture

All transactions are tracked!!!

Geo-political affiliation means nothing to the NSA and its ilk.


The Alarmist's picture

"What's ironic about this is that currently, the easiest people to track are liberals."

Uh, OK, I guess that makes a civil libertarian feel better about this shit.

Hydesrevenge's picture

whichis why Statists hate gun shows


SF beatnik's picture

I suppose that pretty soon the USA will do away with cash / currency. All purchases will then be recorded. Almost your every more will be known by the controllers.

The controllers will tend to control. (That's what they do.) 

Where does this lead?

Where do the controllers want the nation to go?


LosOsos's picture

... but your debit/credit card information is uber secure with the most trusted of american institutions- the banks.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Pool Shark

My guess is that he IS using sarcasm very well.

Joe Tierney's picture

You're a STENCH liberal.



NihilistZero's picture

As a staunch fascist, I believe we should put a tiny micro chip in every human being so that we can track everyone and collect taxes.

FIFY :-)  I hate that statist ass-hats have co-opted so beautiful a word as "liberal".

You keep using that word.  I do not think it means what you think it means.

gh0atrider's picture

Wasn't Encino Man an Estonian?

Only Satoshi can save us now!

DoChenRollingBearing's picture


One for your review.

If you see anything wrong, please let me know.

(I don't think the credit card buying service wroks in Canada, at least yet.  Eight US states so far, 5% fee)

gh0atrider's picture

Looks good!  Keep those bearings rolling!

RafterManFMJ's picture

This particular individual is unscannable.

LosOsos's picture

Why come you got no tattoo?

Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

That's exactly what I was thinking when I read this. Soon after this happens, we will have president 'not sure'

TeamDepends's picture

And plenty of mow-rons will trample each other trying to be first in line.

Headbanger's picture

Yeah, just to get a low number body tag like the fucking idiots who pay for low number license plates in retarded states like Duh-laware

Davalicious's picture

"And plenty of mow-rons will trample each other trying to be first in line."

Only if it has an "Apple" sticker. What they don't realise is that "Apple" translates to "Asshole" in Cabala.

XitSam's picture

You know, I haven't seen BlankReg in a while.

StychoKiller's picture

M-m-m-max wasn't just 15 seconds in the future!

CPL's picture

Exactly.  Couple of examples of the mighty force of 'dumb' that there is always a herd of idiots.  What isn't mentioned is the HUGE amount of challenges to even keeping this type of system running properly.  Never mind the corruption bullshit that would come with it.

People will accept the 'mark' for next to nothing:

  • Spanish banks gave away spider man towels to open bank accounts and people sign up even though it was public knowledge that the Bank in question was bankrupted. 
  • This chick was paid 10k to have golden palace tattooed across her forehead.  Seriously.  It's a tattoo, not a sharpie drawing of a penis on some guy's face while passed out.  This is sober decision making.
  • Or the idiot stick we've all met in high school/university that tattoo's the name of the first chick he sleeps with.  Turn's out she was drunk at the time, a ditch pig and like the village bicycle, everyone's had a ride.  Yet, the boy becomes a man and that tattoo hasn't become any less explainable or ridiculous.

How it's fail regardless of subscription:

  • We can't keep data managed today on a tiny database.  That beast would be huge.  Just backups alone, there wouldn't be the storage capacity EVER that could be sensibly managed.  Want to talk about fuckups and shit storms.  Talk to Google.  They haven't talked about it, but they've got some serious issues keeping a decade and a half of live and dead links straight.  There are limits to any database design, while  technically interesting.  They are physically and logistically unsolvable at this moment in time with the current and HIGHEST level of technology.
  • Don't have enough people to build it.  If no one was keeping score.  The situation is pretty grim in IT.  Dot.Bomb put all the best and brightest into Home Depot and Hardware Aisle.  Combine that shortening candle with no one coming out of the computer science field, even then it's going to take another ten years to season those kids properly.  A good developer in field is never how many languages they've got, but how they manage their bag of professionally developed secrets and how fast they can absorb the business requirements.
  • Logistics.  If the people required to build it were given to that project, everything else would break because that's how large the start up scope is.  All 'new' IT projects start with a legion of people when tackling something new.  Something that big would probably need all of the technical staff in north america to start up for around three years just to do the boardroom, Lab and R&D.
  • Capital.  They can't afford to turn on the water in Detriot.  They are broke.  They need something of value to pay with. 
    • The dollar is worthless.  Pay.  Your.   Share.  Or.  Fuck.  Off.  Life ain't free and if some lippy pencil neck fuck wants it built.  Bring money and shut up when we talk on req's, don't tell me about your family.  Or the civil servant plaques on your wall, don't care.  Just bring money and be clear on what you want?  Can't do either right now.
    • There is nothing in a government office worth trading, we built it so offering it is like offering a mechanic a broken car for free if you are only going to request it back.  It won't be given back, but you'll pay for it if you want it.
  • It would be the biggest road to nowhere political fuck up in the history of all political fuck ups.  A project that big always invites project leeches and weasels.  Once there are a certain percentage of weasels running it, everything just magically stops because instead of work, they end up just blowing each other in boardrooms for the remainder of the project charter.  I've been on one backfill project once; paid a couple of bones a day to run the remainder of a budget.  The office I was in had a keyboard, mouse and a monitor.  No computer.  I was given instruction to make it appear like I was working on something if I heard someone coming.  I pretended turning off the monitor and stupid.

So that's why it will be adopted, but also why it will fail.  It's a complete waste of time. 

DoChenRollingBearing's picture




Most excellent!  I agree, very large databases like that have very complicated problems and are prone to failure.

And so many at .gov are lazy and know squat.  I guess we are lucky that ,gov does hire dumb ones too (as wel as many very bright ones).

CPL's picture

The 'developed' world is built on the lowest bidder with the most corners cut and in the shortest period of time.  Paid for with a currency backed with nothing.  If Rome or the Pyramids were built to the same degree of care, payment method and quality I doubt anyone would have remembered anyone ever lived there.

The end result of the NIDDB would be as shoddy as the rest of the large government projects because of the huge list of things never to do on a project.

Cacete de Ouro's picture

The share capital of The Economist (Newspapers Ltd) comprises ordinary shares, special A shares, special B shares and trust shares.

The special A shares essentially control The Economist. The special A shareholders are the Schroder, Rothschild, Agnelli, and Cadbury families, various ex chairmens' families and the desendents of one particular ex-chairman called Henry Strakosch (unless the Rothschilds regained Strakosch's shares). Details on the full A shareholder list do not appear to be easily attainable.

This link provdes a good summary of the ownerhsip structure.

The Financial Times holds 50% of the shares (excluding the Trust shares) through holding the special B shares, but the A shares and the Trustee shares ultimately control the company due to the way the A and B shares' board positions were set up, and the Trustee shares' special role.

There are 13 seats allowable on the Board, seven of which may be appointed by holders of the "A" special shares and six by the holders of the "B" special shares.

The Board currently has 11 board members. So you got it, 6 vs 5. See if you can guess who was appointed by who. Hint: They are all on the same side!

goose fat's picture

"Just as holy medals offer protection from Heaven with Power from God, the mark of the beast will bring with it death – death of the soul and death by a terrible disease. Those who refuse it will have to hide and prepare. I know this is frightening, but it is true. I will intervene with the help of your prayers to put an end to the persecution."

Berspankme's picture

Isnt that rayciss? We dont need no stinking ID. Holder said so

TBT or not TBT's picture

He was talking about IDs for his people. 

Lost Word's picture

Or the illegal immigrant aliens.

Given a free pass by TSA to board airliners without ID.

Raging Debate's picture

Silverismoney - Here is the biblical passage of Revelations written by John of Patmos, a link to Revelations 13.

The specific passages are in verse 17 and 18:

666 was the seal of Nero, it was a stamp for sealing documents using wax.
An angel explains to John that there were three European empires. One that was Alexander the Great, one that is at the time Rome and one that will be. Revelations 13 says this empire will be revived and won't last long, that is the EU.

666 are geometric dimensions 6x6x6 or a pyramid structure of government. We think of Monarchy when we think of the pyramid and pharaohs for example.

Lots of modern day charts use a pyramid for inequality, the food pyramid etc. Men think in 3D, making buildings like the pyramids, using "trinagulation " strategy as Bill Clinton lived to tout about. Tesla was obssesed with 3's. Call it "the pyramid of thought" if you will because it is how we think.

It doesn't mean this literal number be on microchips, it is a marker. It is about when this global monarchy arrives and compels you to have one inserted or you can't buy goods that the end of an age closes in nasty fashion and a new one begins.

The age of Pisces began in 26 AD and ended in 2012. Few Christians know what that fish symbol on there car means, if they knew it was astrological based they probably would tear it off lol. We are now in the age of Aquarius, age of renewal.

Many people think things happen in one day year or month but they go in cycles of years. But the kingdom that forces the mark of the beast last 3 1/2 years. The Dragon which receives all the power in Rev 13 is China. Oh yeah in the Chinese zodiac the Year of the Dragon is 2012. The Mayans also said 2012 is the year of the serpent.

Imagine if you refuse it and had to forage for that long? It truly will be difficult. And I wager those thag don't take it, especially Christians will be deemed terrorists and hunted down like dogs.

But despite this gloom people forget Revelations 21 that says "The tent of God resides with man forever. That death, sorrow and mourning will be no more. Scientifically, we know life can be extended with biomedicine, organ growing. Since everlasting life is the tenent of most religions I say that yesterdays religions are becoming todays science.

But the real answer to immortality lies in quantum physics and seeding 4D with a portion of DNA shooting this as electrons using quantum tunneling and reverse polarity. We will just be replicating the process that already exists in nature as is our norm when us monkeys build tools. We are already punching holes in 4D to increase trade or I should say creating singularities which cross-connect to 4D.

There are reasons I know these things as a simple servant of man. God does exist and those that push this evil slavery and murder will have a new kind of cell to dwell in for a long time, a place in 4D called the pit. There, they can play with there god Lucifer. But it isn't hellfire as the Catholic church manipulated the intepretation. The "lake of fire" is the second death, John stated this explicitly. It means you don't exist anymore, no information about you ever existing (information stored in energy) is gone. Seems everyone gets a second chance even Lucifer.

But this is a financial blog so I must cut this short now. If you want to talk about this some more email me at I am no preacher, I am a scientist and Pandeist. If people read there own bible and what Christ said they would realize he was a Pandeist also. So I focus more on how and why as a scientists then "God this or God that". What we or other more evolved species do is learn and share to minimize the pain portion of evolution, an inescapable process for all things. "No pain no gain" but less of it to learn would be nice!

ILLILLILLI's picture

Pyramids are also significant because they are the first object that moves into the third dimension. Think about it...any three dots, no matter how configured, connected by lines only occupies a 2D planar space.

Add one more point, and you now have a 3D triangular pyramid.

RafterManFMJ's picture

I gave you a green because you worship Pandas; pretty awesome.

mc225's picture

what is this thing with 'i.d.'? why does anyone have to be 'identified' by 'authorities'? it's corny...

IridiumRebel's picture

State ID is fine. Fuck globalism.

CH1's picture

State ID is fine.

State ID is evil. Fuck ALL overlords.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Guess the up arrowers don't mind strangers voting in their local elections, uninsured motorists, keeping serial DUIers and hit and run drivers off streets, psychiatric cases and violent criminals from buying weapons, etc. 

CH1's picture

Guess the up arrowers don't mind strangers voting in their local elections...

You don't really still believe in elections, do you?

And it ain't a landscaper named Ramon who is enslaving you.

IridiumRebel's picture

Identification does have purpose but best left to local handling.

CH1's picture

Overlords are overlords. "Local" doesn't change their vile nature.

Lost Word's picture

In feudal times, most people were known by direct personal aquaintance,

when most serfs were born on their overlord's property and stayed in their local village all their lives.

A serf was lucky to have a good overlord,

or unlucky to have a bad overlord.

Confused's picture

ID is not fine. I know who I am. The people I know, know who I am. The State doesn't need to know a thing. EXCEPT they (in theory) represent the people they want to ID. Without US, they do NOT exist.