Late-breaking news from William Heath of Ideal Government:
That list of companies you cite is serious evidence of the growing political risk in the UK of making the wrong choice on identity architecture. The list comes from an activist group whose brainstorm of ideas includes card burnings, occupations, targeting companies, electronic disruption / hacking, graffiti etc. It's called “Defy ID” and proposes a day of action today (28 Jan) so perhaps it's keeping police busy at this very moment.
It joins an established UK ID opposition group called No2ID. Both groups are antis.
The initial opposition is to a card, but on closer inspection it's the register that offends. I dont yet see either putting effort into proposing a better alternative. Personally I'm hardcore non-violent and against damage to property, but otherwise entirely in sympathy with the antis.
My “Ideal Government” blog is of course not ID focussed; it is about WIBBIs (=”wouldn't it be better if..”s)
Here we are seeing how disregard for the Laws of Identity leads to the unnecessary fracturing of social agreement. If this agreement cannot be reached, the system no longer embraces “the whole”. The ideological say they don't care. But those of us seeking to build a unifying internet identity system cover our eyes and wonder, much as we would if our neighbor were building an inverted pyramid with no structural support.
This whole situation is also an example of why the underlying dynamics we have been examining appear to me as laws, not simply design principles.