The following article gives some light into the push for a new centralized Internet ID for American citizens...
One particular quote that I found interesting:
"We are not talking about a national ID card," Locke said at the Stanford event. "We are not talking about a government-controlled system. What we are talking about is enhancing online security and privacy and reducing and perhaps even eliminating the need to memorize a dozen passwords, through creation and use of more trusted digital identities."
What a bold faced lie! This is all about centralizing government control of the last bastion of freedom coupled with big government's dream of a National ID. If you think I am paranoid, just consider the fact that your Social Security Card was never supposed to be used as a form of identification. In fact, early cards plainly stated on the front, "FOR SOCIAL SECURITY PURPOSES * NOT FOR IDENTIFICATION"
Just like social security cards, any attempt to centralize identification of American citizens will ultimately be absorbed and used by government to control the populace. It is not a matter of if they will do it. It is only a matter of when.
It is also my opinion that centralizing identification is a policy that criminals will absolutely salivate over. If you think identity theft is bad now, wait until this is in place.