At least, that’s the spin that The Register puts on Declan’s piece in CNet: Dean should come clean on privacy. In The Register piece, Who told Dean to scream for lock-down, TCPA computing?, Andrew Orlowski suggests that this proposal from Dean cited by Declan:
Embedding smart cards into uniform IDs was necessary to thwart “cyberterrorism” and identity theft, Dean claimed. “We must move to smarter license cards that carry secure digital information that can be universally read at vital checkpoints,” Dean said in March 2002, according to a copy of his prepared remarks. “Issuing such a card would have little effect on the privacy of Americans.”
Dean also suggested that computer makers such as Apple Computer, Dell, Gateway and Sony should be required to include an ID card reader in PCs–and Americans would have to insert their uniform IDs into the reader before they could log on. “One state’s smart-card driver’s license must be identifiable by another state’s card reader,” Dean said. “It must also be easily commercialized by the private sector and included in all PCs over time–making the Internet safer and more secure.”
is just the Trusted Computing Platform Alliance writ large, to wit:
As it turns out, Dean was doing more to advocate locking down the “edge of the network” than any other Democrat candidate. And the finger of suspicion for feeding the Presidential Candidate this line of argument points firmly to his campaign manager, Joe Trippi.
[...] In the speech, which you can read on uh, Wave Systems website, Dean describes privacy as an “urban myth” and explains “little has been spent to secure the most vulnerable part of the network - the PC, the laptop, the government and corporate desktop computers – all at the perimeter of the computer network system.” Yes, it’s the national security angle that TCPA-vendors have been peddling, with the active encouragement of the law enforcement lobby.
Open PCs are dangerous, Dean argued.
Update: See Donna’s comments — Geek the Vote
DoubleUpdate: Even better, see Larry’s comment — what declan doesn’t get (how to read)
TripleUpdate: Ed Felten’s take — Dean’s Smart-Card Speech