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grarpamp grarpamp at gmail.com
Mon Aug 30 13:49:41 PDT 2021

> You Allowed The Mark Of The Beast To Be Put On You, Thus
> You Will Be The Next Victim Of Your Own Satanic Digital Creations!

India's AADHAR full biometric system... implemented,
and now coming to surveill, rule over, and gatekeep your
entire life worldwide. How does your enslavement feel?

That is the digital future that cypherpunks have created,
and it is here now, fucking you hard.

Inside India’s Aadhaar, the World’s Largest Biometric ID System


Blockchain technology has accelerated conversations around
decentralization, anonymity, agency and empowerment around the world.
On this week’s “Money Reimagined,” hosts Michael Casey and Sheila
Warren are joined by two experts to discuss digital security and
privacy, with a focus on India.

Dr. Usha Ramanathan is a lawyer and human rights activist in India.
She has worked since 2009 to critique and challenge India’s
controversial digital identity program. Marta Belcher serves as
general counsel of Protocol Labs, chair of the Filecoin Foundation and
special counsel to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Belcher
recently testified on crypto before the U.S. Senate Committee on
Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.

Initiatives have been popping up around the globe, claiming to address
social issues such as banking the unbanked, humanitarian data within
refugee camps and identification programs to increase access to
governmental programs. There is a romantic appeal to believing these
initiatives are built upon a foundation of good intentions, but the
reality is often far more complicated, with motivations like a simple
money grab, user data collection, or surveillance coming into the mix.
And regardless of intentions, these efforts often result in harmful
consequences to the users they are engaging.

India’s Aadhaar structure, a biometric, digital and physical identity
system, is the world’s largest biometric ID system. It is highly
centralized, and the data honeypot it presents has gotten the
government of India in trouble more than once. An increasing number of
systems, from the mundane like grocery shopping to the official like
marriage registrations, require an Aadhaar number.

And it’s not a perfect system. Individuals can and have been barred
from receiving essentials because of technical snags in the
registration process with Aadhaar. The system also brings up serious
privacy concerns.

While some choose to use blockchain technology for its ability to
transact anonymously, others work towards establishing digital
self-sovereign identity solutions. Where is the balancing point
between anonymity and ease of use? Is the additional space anonymity
provides around an individual essential to their rights in markets and

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