To replace SSN with something more resilient, model it on the internet | GRI Blog
Rob Joyce wants to get rid of the social security number. “Every time we use the Social Security number you put it at risk,” Joyce, the White House Cyber Coordinator told Washington Post Live recently. Joyce’s comments have led to no small amount of day dreaming by the technical community on the possibility of using a “modern cryptographic identifier” or (drum roll please) block chain. That’s all well and good. But the challenges with replacing the social security number as an identifier (with something more secure), aren’t technical -- they are everything else. And as Steve Bellovin points out, it would be really, really hard.