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January 23, 2020

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Recent terror alerts and security scares have been accompanied by calls for a comprehensive national identity database. Certain Arab-Americans are already being called upon to register with the government. By utilizing innovative technologies, proponents argue that standardized I.D. cards will increase security without posing a threat to privacy rights. But, civil libertarians deride national identification as the first step toward an authoritarian regime out of sync with democratic principles.

Robert Gellman is a privacy and information policy consultant in Washington, D.C. where he advises companies and other institutions about privacy concerns in health care and on the Internet. A graduate of the Yale Law School, Gellman has worked on information policy issues when he served for 17 years as chief counsel to the House Subcommittee responsible for privacy, freedom of information, dissemination of government information, and health records. He has also served as a member of the Department of Health and Human Service's National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics.

Dr. Amitai Etzioni served as a Professor of Sociology at Columbia University for 20 years. He has authored numerous books and was a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution before serving as a Senior Advisor to the White House on domestic affairs. In 1980, Dr. Etzioni was named the first University Professor at George Washington University, where he is the Director of the Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies. He twice served as the president of the American Sociological Association and was founding president of the International Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics. In 1990, he founded The Communitarian Network and is the editor of The Responsive Community: Rights and Responsibilities, the organization’s quarterly journal.

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"If we have a reliable way to label our toys good and bad, it would be easy to regulate technology wisely. But we can rarely see far enough ahead to know which road leads to damnation."

— Freeman Dyson

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