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.
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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