Monday, 11 June 2018

I am so happy with my new car

I bought a new car yesterday. Freedom at last! Now I can drive wherever I want, whenever I want. And be safe as well, because this car comes with a whole host of new services. I am so lucky.

Free Car Key Deposit
First of all, the dealer keeps my car keys for my own protection. This service is called MyKey. I have full control: I can pop into the dealership any time I want to collect the keys. This MyKey service is free, I don't have to pay anything. In addition, I have the freedom to block the dealers from giving the keys to other customers under the GlobalKey plan for Saving the Earth. Admittedly, it can be a bit tricky to locate the correct web page to remove my supposed consent, but I have full control.

Improvements Every Year!
They regularly update this wonderful free service for improved experience. At least once a year! If I want to change from no key sharing to opting in to GlobalKey Share again, I don't need to do anything - it's automatic! And if I want to stay opted out, all I would need to do is find the right web page again, give my mobile number and my Global ID again and tick the box after receiving the safety code on my mobile. And they make it so easy! They have a Customer Service phone number with a computerised chat function for standard questions relating to the improved and personalised service. This service is really really great, and best of all:  I am in control.

Full Control
The car comes with an Easy Locator Function. Should I ever forget where I parked it, all I need to do is to log in to secure MyCarLocation account, and hey presto! They can send me a message on my pre-registered mobile phone with a snapshot from the street camera nearest to where my car is. And a picture of where I am standing as I request this personalised-for-my-better-experience information. Again, I am in full control, because I can opt out from this service. This is so wonderful!

Opting Out: Sure. Easy.
Another feature is the valuable information the dealer now has on me: conversations that are recorded in my car, and facial recognition of anyone who has been in the car. I can re-live what great times I have had with my passengers, and enjoy our conversation again and post them on social media- this is great! Opting out here is not so easy, because it is tied in with the MyKey service. If I opt out, I won't have access to my car keys any more. So that's a tricky one.

But on the whole, I have never felt so free and in control. And safe! We are living in wonderful times. I am so happy with my new Ford Orwell.

Image source: Deviant Art

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Biometrics in China: State Tool for Control


If you were a land massed nation inhabited by just over 18% of the world's population, how would you keep your vast regions an multitudes under control? Would you embrace modern technology to keep a close eye on everything? And if so, which technology would you implement on a large scale? Would you want to try it out in a smaller region before subjecting the whole nation to it?

Xinjiang: China's fiercest guarded possession
This is the question that was faced by today's leaders of China. And they decided to zoom in on the part of China that form their Achilles heel: the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, bordering on Russia, India, Pakistan and five other nations. Rich in gas, oil and minerals and diverse in its ethnic population, it is fiercely protected by China as its long and chequered history bears witness to kings and emperors casting their lustful eyes over the region. But perhaps the most treasured aspect is its prime position on the ancient Silk Road. The ancient caravans have been replaced by a modern railway track, connecting the furthest parts of eastern China through India and Russia, all the way to Europe. A vast and precious region well worth protecting from  foreign meddling, potentially resulting in uprisings and instability. Thus, Xinjiang has become both a fiercely guarded region as well as the testing ground for the latest surveillance techniques. 

"I don't want to go out shopping any more"
But what are the ramifications for Xinjiang's inhabitants? They are being watched, tracked and  traced. Each and every purchase, every single movement is monitored. And in true China fashion, any independent thought and action is seen as a threat to the state. Local economies are hampered as free movement is curtailed by heavy handed checkpoints, laborious registration of purchases and long delays to even enter a shopping precinct. Police stations are on every street corner, and military paraphernalia set the tone. Cameras swivel and record every face as biometric features are matched against databases. Xinjiang has become a laboratory of surveillance techniques, and the people are suffering from its oppressive effects.

"It is really cumbersome, nobody wants to do anything any more. I don’t want to go out shopping any more"
Watch this documentary to get a taste of what life is like when biometrics become a state tool for control.  

 Click on the link below.


Life Inside China's Total Surveillance State

This leaves me with one final thought: would these weary inhabitants of Xinjiang not prefer to be tagged with a convenient biochip, eliminating the need for long queues at the many checkpoints? After all, most surveillance measures already in place worldwide  have been accepted without a murmur: mobile phones with location tagging, biometric unlocking, checking in for flights by walking past facial recognition camera at the airport, banking with a fingerprint...

However, we won't see widespread testing of an in vivo ID until the scientists have come up with a way to dupe the immune system. But that is another story which can be read here: Is there a nanoworm in your vaccine?

More reading:

China's brain scanners that monitor abnormalities in emotions and thought patterns

Monday, 23 April 2018

Amazon wants access to Indian customers' Aadhaar for food orders


Amazon Has Big Plans For Grocery in India

Amazon is expanding its grocery offerings in India, as the company anticipates that the market will account for over half of its business in India in the next five years.

“Probably, in the next five years, groceries and consumables would be more than half of our business,” [Amit Agarwal, head of Amazon India] added.

India is the eCommerce giant’s largest active customer base outside of the United States. In fact, Amazon already has over 100 million registered users in India — and the country’s online market is expected to grow to $200 billion in a decade, according to Morgan Stanley.

“We want to get the next hundred million customers shopping with us,” said Agarwal. He added that the company plans to attract new clients with product exchange and staggered payment offerings. Read more

Online retailer Amazon has asked customers to upload their Aadhaar numbers to track lost packages.

Can one be sure online retailers can protect your Aadhaar identity? Amazon believes it has a secure form of storing information.

"Amazon continues to look for the most robust practices towards customer support and this process is only done in limited cases where a detailed check is needed for a missing or wrong delivery. In such cases, customers are requested to upload a scanned copy of their Aadhaar card on their Amazon.in account, which is a secure form of storing information," its spokesperson said.


Amazon Is Asking Indians To Hand Over Their Aadhaar, India’s Controversial Biometric ID, To Track Lost Packages

The move has baffled Amazon’s Indian customers, who are already grappling with being forced to link their Aadhaar numbers to open bank accounts, get life insurance, and much more. Read more

More about The Circle: George Orwell's 1984 for Millennials



Today I am adding a few more details to last year's post about the film The Circle, based on Dave Eggers' book with the same title. A few new YouTube clips have since become available, so if you haven't seen the film or read the book, this will give you some better insights and a preview into the near future if these global elites get what they are working towards. If you are already familiar with the Global Citizen movement and its objectives, you'll recognise many themes. So here are two telling clips:



Notice the protagonist May - often dressed in red. She seems to personify the cult of the goddess with her worship month of May. There are many other themes and symbols worked into the script.

“Why not just make it all part of one unified system you could pay your taxes… pay your parking ticket all through your circle accounts?”

“We’d save users hundreds of hours of inconvenience we'd save the government billion hundreds (…) Why wouldn't the government just build a similar service…”
 
Note: the Indian Aadhaar is just such a system.


Also read:

Don't forget the buy the book to accompany George Orwell's 1984 on your bookshelf.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Why the Indians are being numbered

On this blog, I have written extensively about the ID2020 agenda, also known as 'financial inclusion' with its Digital Financial Identity. This identity is the way all Global Citizens will one day be numbered. Various organisations have been created to draw mankind into this scheme which is in reality a Global Covenant. Thus, you will find a Global Covenant for mayors, for churches, for children and youngsters, for world leaders and the list goes on. Global Citizen pledges can be found all over these organisations. This ancient system of covenants is in the process of being revived with the addition of modern technology: digital numbers, metadata, the Internet of Things, biometrics, and ultimately: the in vivo biometric chip, bonding each Global Citizen into one big covenant of evil. 

Aadhaar: India is the testing ground
This digital numerical system is being tested all over the world. One example is Aadhaar in India. India was seen as the ideal nation for this pilot: the British set up a vast but vulnerable system of bureaucracy.  A culture of bribery, illiteracy and ignorance has made India the ideal target to get this numerical system tested and perfected. The system is called Aadhaar.

The system is accessed through biometrics: ten fingerprints, an iris scan and facial recognition. A number is allocated, which unlocks education, health care, welfare and a host of other 'services'. Apps on mobiles enable the data to be read by users and providers. The first applications were in the hands of the state, followed by the banks and finally an increasing number of private companies.

Point of Access: the weak link
As expected, teething problems are rife. Fraud and corruption are easy when the weak link is the point of access: the person who enters the applicant's data into the system. Spelling mistakes in names can ruin a child's right to education. Young women are forced into sexual favours before they are given their Aadhaar number. Bribes are demanded, and criminals find ways to use freshly generated or stolen Aadhaar numbers for their nefarious activities.

Biometric numbering is only a step towards a greater goal: in vivo numbering of each individual to be included in a Global Covenant of slavery. Changing public perception is only one of the boxes to be ticked. The nuts and bolts of the system needs to be tested too, and that is what we are seeing in India. Other aspects like behavioural control through social credits are being tested in China. Again, the target group that was found to be most suitable due to their communist past. But India has been chosen for its bureaucratic infrastructure combined with large scale ignorance.



Watch: India's national ID program raises privacy concerns

The articles below outline some of the problems becoming evident during this test run.

Aadhaar Was Supposed To End Welfare Corruption, But Neediest May Be Hit Hardest
 
New Delhi:  It's been nearly three years since Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced his "Digital India" initiative, pitched as an ambitious program to modernize this country of more than 1 billion people.

Since then, the government abruptly invalidated 86 percent of the cash in circulation, a move toward a "cashless society" that led to widespread panic and a currency crisis. It has launched dozens of apps to accompany various government programs - an app to report roadside piles of garbage to authorities, one to keep Indians up to date on Modi's speeches and even one to find lost children.

And undergirding the initiative is Aadhaar, an identification program that aims to collect each Indian citizen's information, such as fingerprints and retina scans, in a database linked to every part of that person's digital footprint: bank account numbers, cellphone details, income tax filings, voter IDs, ostensibly allowing the government to curb identity fraud and welfare corruption. Read more

Facial identification makes Aadhaar biometrics for elderly nearly foolproof 

NEW DELHI: The introduction of facial identification along with use of finger-prints promises to substantially address complaints of failed bio-metrics in Aadhaar authentication with a study of elder persons showing that when used in combination, the processes deliver a success rate of 99%. 

A proof of conduct study carried out for Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the results of which were presented to the Supreme Court, showed that acceptance of Aadhaar identification rose from 83% for senior citizens to close to 100% once facial recognition was mated with finger-prints for authentication.  Read more
   
Mandatory Aadhaar for newborn at Bhopal govt hospital leaves parents in a fix 

The stipulation at a hospital in Bhopal to make an Aadhaar card for a newborn before discharge has put parents in trouble as the names given at birth are often changed later. Read more