Biometric ID Rollout in Africa

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Police State, Politics | Posted on 18-10-2014

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While the ebola virus continues to devastate Western Africa, the rollout of biometric IDs is all but completely ignored in the media, but it could cause even greater devastation as the world marches towards a totalitarian surveillance police state.

Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, and Ghana all have cards, while others are either in the process or have some form of biometrics in another area, e.g. banking security.

The following blog post by the Securiport company puts biometrics into perspective regarding ebola from the view point of a biometrics company.

Securiport Remains Committed to Mitigating Health Risks and Economic Impact of Ebola Virus in West Africa

This article on India contains an Excel file with information about different countries and their usage of biometrics. Categories include medical use, government ID, online banking & finance, etc.

Let’s Make a Citizen Out of You: The Rise of Biometric Identification in India

The following blurbs start with the country name, possibly a few words about the context of the article, and then the article title linked to the original article. The titles are pretty much enough to tell what’s going on for most.

Ghana

World Bank Provides US$29.15m to Build Robust National Identification System

World Bank Provides Us$97 Million For Etransform Project

Guinea

Election registration.

Guinea-Bissau

Concern for Guinea-Bissau from countries attending a biometric ID conference for West Africa (ECOWAS).

West Africans to have common biometric ID card

Guinea Bissau Opts for Secure National ID Card to Combat Fraud

Ivory Coast

Immigration systems. (Sierra Leone, Senegal, Ivory Coast, and Equatorial Guinea)

The Role of Biometrics In Containing Ebola

Kenya

Biometric registration of Kenya’s public servants begins, absentees will be considered ‘ghosts’

Kenya: Civil Servants’ Biometric Registration Kicks Off in Tharaka Nithi County

Anne Waiguru: Biometric listing a win-win solution

Mauritania

MAURITANIA: A SINGLE INTEGRATED SYSTEM

Mauritius

Mauritius government to issue smart ID cards

Mali

THE NINA CARD: A TECHNOLOGICAL CHALLENGE, AN INDUSTRIAL SUCCESS

UN doing biometric scanning of people.

2014 UNHCR regional operations profile – North Africa

Malawi

Fingerprinting for microloans. No government ID.

Fingerprints for finance: Improving micro lending in Africa

Mozambique

Mozambique Driver License Program.

Mozambique Deal Expands African Adoption of Digimarc Secure ID Solutions

Namibia

Understanding Biometrics…Information Fusion For Multimodal Biometrics

Namibia: Enhanced Banking Solution By Namibian Biometric Systems

Namibia’s Biometric Systems’ Banking Solution

Nigeria

Launch of MasterCard-branded National e-ID for Nigerians and Implementation Issues

Nigeria launches new biometric ID card – brought to you by Mastercard

SecureID, Sterling Bank partner to drive financial inclusion in Nigeria

Compulsory.

Kano Inaugurates ID Card Project

Republic of the Congo

First Biometric ID Card Produced in the Republic of Congo

Rwanda

Registration for foreign residents.

DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF IMMIGRATION AND EMIGRATION HAS STARTED ISSUING ELECTRONIC RESIDENT ID CARD TO ALL FOREIGNERS RESIDING IN RWANDA

South Africa

South Africa: Biometric Smart ID Cards – Dumb Idea

Online fingerprint verification.

Banks now verify your identity online


That’s a decent list, but does not include biometric passports, which includes most countries in the world anyways and is completely uninteresting in comparison.

The main pushers are biometrics companies, financial institutions, banks, the IMF, United Nations, etc. You’ll see the usual suspects pop up again and again. If you read through many articles, you may have noticed that Dr Risco Mutelo came up repeatedly. Again, more industry shilling.

It seems like Africa is the testbed for biometric IDs for now. Expect the rollout elsewhere in the world shortly. Or rather, dread the rollout elsewhere.

Here’s an excellent comment on biometric identification:

Cheers,

Ryan

 

Why do people video other people getting murdered?

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Police, Police State, States | Posted on 19-07-2014

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It’s pretty common to see videos of people idly standing by while someone is murdered. Here’s just one recent example from PINAC:

http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2014/07/17/nypd-kill-man-video-breaks-fight/

There are about 10 cops hanging around while the poor fellow is murdered by cops.

What could anyone do to save him? If there were only 3 cops, someone might stand a chance. But what would they have to do? Pull the armed thugs off of the man? That wouldn’t end well.

About the only reasonable thing someone could do to save the man is to pull out a firearm and quickly kill each of the violent thugs. Given that they wear body armour, head shots would probably be a good idea. If you don’t get them quick enough, you are pretty much guaranteed that they’ll kill you. If you’re going to stop 1 of them, you need to stop them all. They’re pack animals.

But that would be the end of their life. Anyone who saved that man would be tracked down and punished with a demonic vengeance. Defending people against the state is not something that the state will ever tolerate.

With 10 violent gang members around, it’s unlikely that a single person could save that man.

I suppose that people video the cops murdering people in the hopes that the judicial system prosecutes them for murder. That doesn’t happen. But there is always hope.

Cop eRights Terms and Conditions Addendum

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Anarchism / Voluntaryism, Police, Police State, Politics | Posted on 02-06-2014

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I was mulling over a few ideas about writing an actual Terms & Conditions, and figured I’d throw up a quick draft. So, here’s the “Cop eRights Terms and Conditions Addendum” for your entertainment. (It could likely use a good amount of work, but this is still good for a possible chuckle/groan.)

Cop eRights Terms and Conditions Addendum

Version 0.1, 2014-06-02

Copyright 2014 Cynic.me

Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies of this document, but changing it is not allowed.

PREAMBLE

The “Cop eRights Terms and Conditions Addendum” is an addendum that may be attached to any existing “Terms and Conditions” or similar usage license or policy.

To add the Cop eRights Terms and Conditions Addendum to your Terms and Conditions, simply copy and paste it below your Terms and Conditions or otherwise link to a copy of the Cop eRights Terms and Conditions Addendum.

COP ERIGHTS TERMS AND CONDITIONS ADDENDUM

0. Definitions.

“This Addendum” refers to version 0.1 of the Cop eRights Terms and Conditions Addendum.

“The Parent Terms and Conditions” refers to the Terms and Conditions to which this Addendum is attached.

“The Service” refers to the service for which the Parent Terms and Conditions apply.

“Cop” means anyone or any computer employed in any facet of law enforcement.

“Government Welfare Whore” means anyone that directly or indirectly receives any form of remuneration or payment from any government or state. This includes subcontractors and government supported businesses, organisations and agencies that accept any form of remuneration, payment, subsidy, fee, grant, loan, aid, endowment, allowance, bounty, contribution, gift, reward, tribute, assistance or other financial or material consideration or that benefit from government legislation or regulation.

1. Permissions.

Permission to access any information, resource or service provided by the Service is explicitly forbidden for all Cops and all Government Welfare Whores, with the single exception of this Addendum for which permission to access this Addendum is given to access this Addendum one time and one time only; subsequent access to this Addendum is explicitly denied. Use of or access to the Service by any Cop or Government Welfare Whore constitutes theft of services and is a criminal offense punishable by fines and/or incarceration.

This revocation of permission in this Addendum supercedes any permission, explicit or implied, in the Parent Terms and Conditions.

None of this Addendum is intended to apply to anyone who is neither a Cop nor a Government Welfare Whore.

I hope it got a few smiles out there. Or that it sent a few people into a foaming at the mouth, profanity laden rage. Either works for me!

What Nobody Noticed About the Bundy Ranch Protests…

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Anarchism / Voluntaryism, Awake, Logic, Police, Police State, Politics, Sovereignty | Posted on 21-04-2014

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BLM is already there. Protesters show up. People get tased, assaulted, and arrested.

More protesters show up. A lot more. Some have guns. Nobody gets tased, assaulted, or arrested. Nobody gets hurt.

Something to think about.

Why Putin Answered Snowden Truthfully

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Anarchism / Voluntaryism, Police State | Posted on 19-04-2014

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Because the Russians aren’t that stupid to throw all that money away on surveillance that is useless. :P

No. I don’t really believe Putin, but it’s good for a laugh.

Central Banking – A Century of Failure

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Awake, Bitcoin, Logic, Philosophy, Police State, Politics, Poverty, Solutions to Problems | Posted on 22-12-2013

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The last century has been a complete catastrophe for money/currency. The criminal banksters won in a stealth move on December 23rd, 1913. Since then, they have managed to create more wars and death than at any point in history.

The central banking disease has since spread to almost the entire world. With control of the Iranian central bank now falling into the clutches of the central banksters, it seems only Cuba and North Korea remain, and they don’t need any help in creating misery – they’ve got communism to help them fail there.

But is seems appropriate that after a century of financial terrorism inflicted on the people of the world, that 2013 would be the rise of Bitcoin and crypto currency. Decentralised through a peer-to-peer network, crytpo currencies are faster, easier, and cheaper to use than the worthless digitally controlled fiat printed by the central banksters.

2014 will be an interesting year as crypto currencies consolidate their position as a sane alternative to the destruction wrought by the banks. Major retailers will begin accepting Bitcoins while smaller operations begin accepting Bitcoins and other crypto currencies.

There will be more turmoil as the banksters fight back. They will use the state as their weapon. They will push for regulations and laws. Their arguments boil down to only a few:

  • Terrorism
  • Drugs
  • Child porn
  • Tax evasion
  • Centralisation

They might come up with something else, but it’s unlikely. There is no good reason to not use decentralised crypto currency. Ultimately, it’s about control. And if they lose control of the money supply, they lose their ability to steal from people.

The banksters will use their puppets in government to attempt to create legislation that makes using crypto currency impractical. They will attempt to create new bureaucracies and legal hurdles that make complying with the law either impossible or impractical. They will use the state to attack the people as they always do. They are monopolists. They cannot compete because they have no skill sets that are worth paying for. They require the violence of the state to compel people to their will.

They won’t win. Too many people know what they are – vampires sucking the life blood out of humanity.

We’ve had a century of failure. It’s high time for the demise of the banksters and a century of prosperity. Well, more than just a century of prosperity, I hope. So long as people study what really happened in history, they’ll fight to keep the banksters staked and in their coffins.

Killing Cops is OK. Sometimes.

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Anarchism / Voluntaryism, Awake, Cynicism, Philosophy, Police, Police State, Politics, States | Posted on 08-09-2013

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V is for VoluntaryThe topic of violence really sets a lot of people off. Those that love it, get upset when you point out that they participate and endorse it. Those that abhor violence, get testy when the topic of defense comes up.

The first of those is easily seen in any discussion of tax with a statist. Lots of those out there, and not hard to find.

The other case, where people advocate violence for defense (outside of the state), isn’t so common. But there are 2 good examples out there.

The first, and best known, is Larken Rose’s “When should you shoot a cop?” (Video at CopBlock)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cElTyqJkMEw

He raises some good questions.

A more recent phrasing of the question is by Chris Cantwell in his article, “Concord Police, Go and Get Your Bearcat“.

Chris says the obvious when it comes to defending yourself:

So what to do? It’s a terribly unpopular thing to say, but the answer, at some point, is to kill government agents. The government agents know that, and that’s why they want a tank.

There really isn’t anything very controversial about what they’ve said, i.e. If the state initiates violence (aggresses) against you, you are well within your rights to defend yourself or resist that violence with violence.

If someone is trying to kill you, or attacking you and could kill you, you’re a complete moron if you refuse to use lethal force to save your own life (or that of another person).

Rudolph Rummel is a political scientist that has done a great deal of research on democide (governments murdering people).

He estimates that in the 20th century alone, about 262,000,000 people were murdered by various states/governments.

Those 262,000,000 people stand as a testament to the moral validity and moral imperative of defending yourself and/or other people with violence, and with deadly violence if necessary.

To put that somewhat into perspective, the Nazi murder of Jews represents about 2% of the total number of civilians murdered by government. About 50x more people were murdered that people never talk about.

Ignoring the topic of using violence against the state because violence is detestable, is simply irresponsible. Those that say, “it can’t happen here,” are most likely the ones that most need to discuss the topic. Larken Rose goes over the topic in detail in his video, “It Can’t Happen Here“.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2ebudnWlh4

The debate on the topic needs to happen. People need to think about defensive violence against the police and the state.

Nobody is saying, “Run out and kill the first cop you see.” Nobody is saying, “Kill every cop you can.” Nobody want to run around killing people. Well, that’s not really true – it appears that our governments love killing people and really get off on it, but let’s assume we’re talking about sane people – you know – voluntarists and anarchists. ;)

“Under God” is the Wrong Question

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Anarchism / Voluntaryism, Awake, Police State, Politics, Religion | Posted on 04-09-2013

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V is for VoluntaryKeeping or removing “under God” from the US pledge of allegiance is simply the wrong question entirely.

SJC to weigh wording of pledge

The state Supreme Judicial Court will begin hearing arguments this week in an atheist Acton couple’s quest to strike the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance their children say in the Acton-Boxboro Regional School District.

Why are children forced to pledge fealty to the state? Why is there a pledge at all? Isn’t it the job of the state to preserve the freedom of the people? Shouldn’t the state be pledging its allegiance to the people?

The entire “under God” debate is just an idiotic distraction from the real issue – we are all slaves to states that demand our allegiance to them, when it should be the other way around.

NSA Killing Business for Cloud Providers

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Business, Money, Police State | Posted on 29-08-2013

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It looks like the NSA PRISM scandal will cost businesses in the US between $22~35 billion over the next few years. Big surprise. Would you want to store your data with a company that has no choice but to bend over for the NSA?

http://www.businessinsider.com/prism-the-nsa-leaks-are-starting-to-hit-the-bottom-lines-of-tech-companies-2013-8?IR=T

A separate report this month by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, or ITIF, a Washington think tank, said US cloud providers stand to lose $22 billion to $35 billion over the next three years due to revelations about the so-called PRISM program.

I have one server in the US, and will be shutting it down. And it’s in large part because I simply have no faith in the US.

Disinfo or Poor Reasoning at Reason.com?

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Awake, Logic, Police State, Politics, Software | Posted on 22-06-2013

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zxx fontA recent article at Reason.com talks about how a specific font (ZXX) can hide information from the NSA.

http://reason.com/blog/2013/06/21/dont-want-the-nsa-to-read-your-email-use

This is a pretty silly claim.

The first reason is pretty obvious: If it’s in digital text, then since the underlying character values are all the same as normal text and the font is irrelevant, well, the font is then irrelevant.

But for images or printed copies on paper, the only thing needed is for the OCR software to recognize the font and then match the glyphs (characters) to the proper letters, and again the font is irrelevant. Perhaps it might take the NSA a while to clue into it, but they’d eventually “get it”. Given that they store so much data, how long it takes for them is almost irrelevant.

It’s all pretty simple. Which makes me wonder whether the Reason.com article is purposeful disinformation or whether it is simply not well thought out by someone who isn’t very techno-savvy. It’s probably more likely that it’s just not well thought out, but given the simplicity of the issue, that’s somewhat hard to believe, leaving the question of whether it is purposeful disinformation open.