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Fortify Rights links personal ID documents listing ethnicity with repression, genocides

Human rights organization Fortify Rights has released a new report highlighting the roles of specific personal identity documents and, most recently, digital IDs as tools of persecution towards minorities across three different case studies. According to the document, perpetrators of genocides have historically used identification documents to “discriminate, dehumanize, and then carry out mass violence …

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Biometric vending machine for grains wins WFP innovation award

A biometric vending machine to distribute grains directly to rations recipients has won an award from the WFP Innovation Accelerator as one of the top innovations for helping prevent hunger, India Education Diary reports. The ‘GrainATM,’ otherwise known as the Annapurti automated grain dispensing solution, can dispense subsidized grain allotments around the clock, and was …

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CloudWalk has Zimbabwean’s face biometrics, but trust in voter roll still lacking

Step by slow step, China’s facial recognition firm CloudWalk Technology is getting nearer to a database of all Zimbabwean registered voters. Like many nations, Zimbabwe has suffered decades of contentious and often violent voting. So, when, in 2018, CloudWalk suggested to leaders of the East African nation a partnership that could help make voting more …

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Minister says Nigeria’s ambitious digital ID registry should be complete by 2025

Nigeria’s minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, says his country’s vision is to complete a foundational digital identity database that will be the basis for strategic national planning in areas of life including education, healthcare, agriculture and even national security. Pantami was speaking with Dr. Joseph Atick during the To-the-Point …

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ID is no longer just about identity: Day 1 of ID4Africa 2022

Since the last ID4Africa summit in Johannesburg, 2019, the world is a different place. The COVID-19 pandemic has also led to major changes for the world of identity. A theme across the first day of the ID4Africa 2022 Augmented General Meeting in Morocco is that ID is no longer just about identifying a person. The …

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Dennis Boone joins AKF Group as Senior Director of Smart Buildings

AKF Group Dennis Boone Dennis Boone, Senior Director of Smart Buildings NEW YORK, Aug. 02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AKF Group has appointed Dennis Boone as Senior Director of Smart Buildings. In this role, Dennis is responsible for expanding AKF’s Smart Building Consulting practice by leveraging our suite of Integrated Services. With 30 years of …

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Ethiopia uses Mastercard platform to launch biometric digital health pass

The Ethiopia Ministry of Health, Mastercard, Gavi, and JSI (John Snow, Inc) have partnered on a digital, portable health pass that incorporates biometrics. The country will implement Mastercard’s Wellness Pass within Ethiopia’s health information system to promote efficiency in healthcare tracking and offline portability of health records in the most marginalized communities. “Lack of healthcare …

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Jamaica, Greece advancing digital ID plans with biometrics capture pilot, digital wallet

Jamaica, Greece, Pakistan, Serbia and Turkey have all either entered or are planning to enter new phases of their respective digital identity rollout programs. While Jamaica says citizens of the diaspora will be factored into its new national ID card (NIDS) scheme, for which a pilot for biometrics capture is expected in August, Greek authorities …

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Civil registries are important – but how do you persuade the people?

How do civil registries enroll more people? Should they twist people’s arms by making birth certificates compulsory? These were among the issues discussed in the second part of the workshop ‘Mission 100: Towards Achieving 100 percent Legal Identity by 2030’ which began at the ID4Africa Augmented General Meeting in Marrakesh earlier this month. Participants have …

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Digital ID, KYC infrastructure critical for digital currency rollout, says IMF

An international agency is urging central banks to help strengthen national digital ID systems and make KYC requirements easier to enforce. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says in one of its latest reports that the rollout of digital currency is gradually gaining traction in Sub Saharan Africa, but countries must have to build the required …

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