“Absolute anonymity breeds absolute irresponsibility… We need a thumbprint Java card in the hand of everybody in the country,” says Scott McNealy, chairman and CEO of Sun Microsystems, Inc. It’s very much possible given the already existing Java Card API and the Open Card Framework (OCF), both in the JCP. While Sun may be following the market leaders in Web services, they’re ahead of the market in embedded card and card reader software development at this point, that could facilitate a national ID system. Currently, they have strong R&D partnerships with government agencies throughout Europe as well as other foreign countries in this regard.
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