I have a basic security system on my site, but who am I? Can I be trusted on the web? A simple site, maybe in combination with some kind of "digital signature", would provide people with at least some degree of protection by making it possible for them to prove their identity. Just like issuing a passport, it should be fairly easy to do, although it may never entirely stop fraud on the net. But like a passport, your web identity should be protected by your country. If nothing has been done so far, it is simply becasue governments do not recognize their citizens' identities on the web.
Identity security is no longer an issue only to be addressed by "the net" itself. Countries should stop talking about web security and do something to make the Internet a part of their infrastructure.
—Thomas Hansen, Denmark, http://th.direct-mail.me
©OECD Observer December 2009