US company to offer microchip implants to employees        

Over the past few years, the security industry has begun to embrace many new technologies—robotics, the cloud, biometrics, for example—but one company here in the U.S., Three Square Market, is pushing the boundaries of RFID technology by offering to implant tiny RFID chips—the size of a grain of rice—into its employees’ hands between the thumb and forefinger.

The chip would allow employees to not only buy snacks in the break room but also have their hands function as a mobile key to gain access to the building and other doors, which makes me think of the possible applications/ramifications within security.

Implanting chips in employee’s hands is already being done in Sweden, where an organization named Epicenter is having success with an increasing number of employees there opting to get the implant. Here in the U.S., Three Square Market says it has approximately 50 employees who are interested in getting the implant, and unlike in Sweden, the company is paying for the $300 procedure for its employees. Three Square Market partnered with a Swedish firm, BioHax International, to make the chip and is planning to sell the technology to other companies.

"Eventually, this technology will become standardized, allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc.," chief executive Todd Westby wrote in a blog post announcing the program, noting that there is even potential for storing medical/health information, and for use as payment at other RFID terminals.

But one has to wonder what security vulnerabilities this could create, especially in protecting the data on that chip from being hacked, stolen and/or compromised, etc. Not to mention, the “creepy” factor here, as mass adoption of microchip implants is dubious, at best.

Maybe some day, like in the year 2112, but in the short term, I do think there is good fodder here for a futuristic sci-fi movie.

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          Lack of Aadhar should not result in lack of benefits says Aadhar CEO        
According to UIDAI's CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey the lack of an Aadhar card or authentication issue should not render in a denial of service. Such denial would tantamount to denial of government benefits and as such violators should be punished, said he.

Aadhaar as such is a technology for empowering people and not for exclusion or denial.

A section of activists had raised concerns suggesting that removal of bogus beneficiaries was a "distorted" process adopted by the central agency.

Pandey conceded that the inferences of such activities arise from a "skewed approach", and draws "misconstrued" interpretations to pass off incorrect assumptions on Aadhaar.

The Aadhar act mandates that not a single person be denied government benefits for not possessing an Aadhar card. So far over 116 crore people have a 12- digit biometric number and nearly 99% adults have been covered under it.

The Act also provides for statutory protection to those who are unable to authenticate because of worn-out fingerprints or other reasons such as technical faults.

Pandey clarified that in case a person has difficulty in getting fingerprints authenticated on a machine, he and she has the option to provide a copy of the Aadhaar card and can receive the benefits till the system is rectified.

"The field agencies have been accordingly instructed through the notifications issued by the government. In spite of this, if a person is denied because he does not have Aadhaar or he is unable to biometrically authenticate, it is undisputedly a violation of instructions issued by the government and such violators have to be punished," he said.

To claim that Aadhaar is responsible for denial of benefits is nothing but a "misconstrued fact presented with malafide intent", he said.

Asserting that distribution of benefits through Aadhaar authentication makes it harder to fudge records and deny genuine beneficiaries, he pointed out that overall the system brings greater accountability and empowerment as it makes impersonation and denial of rights more difficult.

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86. Embedded system in automobiles
87. Extreme Programming
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          Armed Response: Wesley Snipes and Anne Heche Fight an A.I. Program        
It is probably always a bad idea to give artificial intelligence programs nicknames with religious connotations. This immersive biometric truth-seeking “lie-detector” AI facility is often referred to as a “Temple.” Wesley Snipes and his team of commandos might just get some religion when they are trapped inside it in John Stockwell’s Armed Response(trailer here), which opens today in New York.

Gabe Arcona designed the Temple systems (too well), but he has been on a boozy extended leave after the horrible death of his daughter. He is not over it, but team leader Isaac needs to pull him back in anyway. A team guarding a Temple has gone dark, so Arcona will have to figure out what happened. Of course, they find the entire detachment has been murdered, under baffling circumstances.

The only survivor is a known terrorist discovered in the isolation chamber, but he is just as clueless as they are. Given he is driven more by opportunism than religion, freelance warlord might be a more apt description, but terrorism is the crime he is wanted for. Yet, for some reason, the Temple interfered with the TSA facial recognition programs, paving his way to the secret installation.

Before too long, strange goings-on start to rattle Isaac and his team. Arcona also begins to suspect something not so on the up-and-up transpired with the squad during his absence. His ill-concealed suspicions cause friction, particularly with the knuckle-dragging Brett, played by professional wrestler Seth Rollins, which gives you an idea of his persona.

John Stockwell is a slickly competent genre director who has helmed legitimately entertaining but not exactly prestigious films like Kid Cannabis, In the Blood, and the body-slamming reboot, Kickboxer: Vengeance. He most likely brought the film in on-time and under-budget, but even he has trouble balancing the films guns-and-brawn action with its uncanny elements, especially as the latter become increasingly illogical and nonsensical.

It is a good thing Snipes is on the one-sheet or else we might forget he is in this movie. Apparently, he is the Picard of swaggering, testosterone-charged commandos instead of a Kirk. For what it’s worth, Dave Annable is surprisingly grounded and convincing as the grief-stricken Arcona. That really is Anne Heche portraying Riley, the sensitive commando, but she plays it straight and fully committed. Snipes is in there someplace, while Rollins thugs it up, to the hilt.

Throughout the first two acts, Response is rather entertaining, in a meathead kind of way. Unfortunately, the big secret Isaac and company are hiding casts our courageous intelligence officers and military service personnel in a highly unflattering light, which is a disappointment, especially considering it was co-produced buy WWE Studios and Gene Simmons’ shingle. You would think if anyone would be sympathetic to the service and sacrifice of the CIA and U.S. military, it would be pro wrestling and the Israeli-American co-leader of KISS. Alas, the resulting film is no Kickboxer: Vengeance. Ultimately quite disappointing, Armed Response opens today (8/4) in New York, at the Cinema Village.
          FirstNet: Putting Lifesaving Technologies into the Hands of Heroes        
FirstNet is putting 21st century, lifesaving technology into the hands of American heroes – America’s first responders.

In connection with American Heroes Week (July 24—28, 2017), the U.S. Department of Commerce is proud to highlight its own American heroes and the important role Commerce agencies play in serving and protecting American communities.  

Right now, an area the size of New York City is ablaze in western Montana. The Lodgepole Complex fire has grown to encompass more than 250,000 acres. Although it is the largest fire, it is only one of 19 currently burning across the state in what has been a particularly intense fire season.

Pushing hard through intense heat, danger and exhaustion are firefighters, police officers, paramedics and other first responders – brave women and men doing everything in their power to protect citizens, homes, livestock and land. These first responders dedicate their lives to protecting communities across our nation and are true America’s heroes. And the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), an independent agency within the Department of Commerce, is working to equip them with the lifesaving, 21st-century communication technology they need to do their jobs.

Why FirstNet?

Today, in emergencies and at large events, heavy public cell phone use can lead to wireless communications networks becoming overloaded and inaccessible. In those instances, public safety users are treated the same as any other commercial or enterprise user – meaning they can’t use their cell phones or wireless communication equipment when they need it the most. That’s where FirstNet comes in.

When Congress created FirstNet in 2012, it began fulfilling a recommendation of the 9/11 Commission to provide first responders with a secure, dedicated high-speed network that is available to first responders when and where they respond.

A “fast lane” for public safety communications

With FirstNet, public safety will get a dedicated “fast lane” that provides highly secure communications every day and for every emergency. FirstNet will deliver specialized features to public safety that are not available on wireless networks today including priority access, more network capacity, and a resilient and hardened connection. With FirstNet, first responders also will have access to devices connecting them to innovative, life-saving technologies.

For those fire fighters in Montana, and for first responders across the nation, FirstNet can provide vital technologies, tools and services during emergencies, such as:

  • Applications that allow first responders to reliably share videos, text messages, photos and other information during incidents in near real-time;
  • Advanced capabilities like camera-equipped drones and robots that can deliver images of wildfires, floods or other events;
  • Improved location services to help with mapping capabilities during rescue and recovery operations;
  • Wearables that could relay biometric data of a patient to the hospital or alert when a first responder is in distress.

A vital tool for our nation’s heroes

As Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross noted when he announced FirstNet’s selection of AT&T as its network partner: “FirstNet is a critical infrastructure project that will give our first responders the communications tools they need to keep America safe and secure.”

As the network deploys this year, it will provide the American heroes of the public safety community the powerful, dedicated communications network they need to do their jobs– now and in the future.

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          Try Your Hand at Biometrics!        

Have you ever wanted to solve a crime, or do detective work? There are many ways to get involved in sleuthing! One way is to explore some of the methods and technologies used by the experts who are trying to solve a crime. For example biometrics is now used in many areas to help identify a unique person by examining one or more of their physical or behavioral traits. There are two main types of biometric identifiers: physiological and behavioral. Read More

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          Ð—адержка выдачи биометрических паспортов: что делать и куда обращаться        

В Государственной миграционной службе утверждают, что изготовление биометрических загранпаспортов задерживают из-за того, что ГП “Полиграфический комбинат “Украина” не успевает изготовить документы. Об этом сообщает Украинская правда со ссылкой на пресс-секретаря ГМС Сергея Гунько. “Полиграфкомбинат не успевает персонализировать все документы, которые оформляют в подразделениях Миграционной службы и ЦПАУ. Это из-за аномально повышенного спроса на загранпаспорта в […]

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          PBPers take on the Wellness Challenge        

PBP launched a Wellness Program this summer, and the first round just ended with participating employees earning water bottles and ear buds – and sharing in $5,000 in company-sponsored gift cards to a store of their choice. Partnered with Cigna, the new health insurer, employees volunteered for biometric screenings, blood pressure checks and more to improve their health- and their […]

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          Bilingual Medical Assistant (Biometrics) - The Wonderful Company LLC - Lost Hills, CA        
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           A survey of keystroke dynamics biometrics         
Teh, Pin Shen and Teoh, Andrew Beng Jin and Yue, Shigang (2013) A survey of keystroke dynamics biometrics. The Scientific World Journal, 2013 . p. 408280. ISSN 1537-744x
          è˜‹æžœHomePod繼續洩密:iPhone 8支援無線充電

根據 BGR 科技網站報導,蘋果 HomePod 智慧揚聲器最新固件代碼,除了透露了 iPhone 8 將支援臉部辨識和螢幕分辨識率外,今天 Reddit 網站用戶分享 iPhone 8 將會支援感應式無線充電功能。

從 HomePod 固件代碼中除了看到 iPhone 8 支援感應性無線充電外,文件還透露出 iPhone 8 還可以支援快速充電。上個月 Barclays 分析師表示,iPhoen 8 的 10W 充電器中配備的 USB-C 電源晶片將由 Cypress Semiconductor 提供。

iPhone 8 加入了許多蘋果用戶夢寐以求的功能,令人非常期待。

● HomePod 裡挖出了 iPhone 8 臉部辨識秘密

HomePod Leak iPhone 8 Features Wireless Charging.


          Joliebox ** July 2012 **        
Hello Darlings
 Firstly I'd like to apologise for the lack of blogging over the past few weeks. I have been a busy old bee at work,but as of yesterday( Sunday 22nd) I am on holiday for two whole weeks. Woop woop!
Anyshmoo, lets get on with this months Joliebox shall we?

 Even though the June box arrived only a few weeks ago, the July box is here!

My first impressions of the box are a bit "meh" to be honest, this might be down to the exciting june box.

From left to right: nailgirls two mini polishes,Jane Iredale Tantasia, Essential care organic rose moisturiser, Wen by Caz Dean sweet almond and mint cleansing conditioner and ETAT PUR Biometric skincare B09-Express purifying mask. Plus a cute pair of joliebox toe separators. 

Nailgirls mini polishes in gold and bronze
 I can't say that I have ever heard of this brand before, but that means nothing really does it?! The two polishes are from the 'Medal collection, inspired by the olympics'. You each received two minis in either bronze,silver or gold. I really like the two little polishes that I was sent. They were really easy to apply and they gave great coverage with just one coat.

Its a slightly sloppy application! 

I give these products 4/5

Jane Iredale Tantasia 
This little tube is filled with a gorgeous smelling( it smells like a lemon meringue pie to me?!) self-tanner for the face and body. It is an instant results kinda thing which gives a healthy glow. It's a creamy gel consistency which blends in easily.
 I'm not really a fan of fake tan or the heavily bronzed look but I think I may give this a go for a night out with the girlies.

Overall I give this a 3/5

Essential care organic rose moisturiser.
This is a little added bonus item from Team Jolie for all the hooha over the June box. This is a really lovely little gesture which certainly cheered me up. I am starting to get a little bored of Rose scented things now as they are just everywhere, but this light cream is great for throwing in your handbag and carrying around with you.
There were many different bonus items that were sent out , which I think were from previous boxes. 4/5

Wen by Chaz Dean Sweet Almond and Mint Cleansing Conditioner
After doing the Ombre, the ends of my hair have been looking a little tired, so this tube has got me all excited! I shall be trying this product out first thing in the morning, so I will describe my first impressions. This is quite a big tube (50ml) so am hoping to get a fair few uses out of it. The smell is really quite light, the mint is just the right level to be refeshing and not overpowering. I am alway dubious of anything containing an almond scent as it tends to give me childhood Christmas flashbacks of picking the marzipan( bleurgh) off of my Christmas cake! I can safely say that there is no almond scent at all, just the nourishing nature and creaminess.
There is quite a full-on set of directions for use(lots of massaging,foaming,combing,rinsing etc) but I'll give it a go to see if that is really necessary or not, and let you know the result!
4/5 ( mainly on looks and scent!)

Etat pure Biometric skincare B09-Express purifying mask.
 As I am AWFUL with surprises I had already 'researched' this box before receiving and had decided that I really WANTED this product! I am always keeping my eyes peeled for a mask or serum-y type treat for my face and this has ticked my boxes. I have actually been wearing the mask whilst typing this up! It doesn't have any obvious scent and is a lovely thick matte cream.

They recommend that you apply a thin layer,leave for 5 minutes and then rinse with warm water. I did all of the above and the results are... velvety smooth, soft skin. Hurrah!
I really enjoyed this product and despite initially being bummed that there was no scent ,I think its actually a good thing. It feels like a truly luxurious product and I highly recommend it. I have already started to look up their other products!

Overall I give this box 3.5/5 The mask was the highlight for me and everything else was okay. This is only my second box so it is being put up against the Birthday box which I really liked, I can't wait to see what August has in store!

I have just had my Glossybox despatch email(Yippee) and I have also signed up to SheSaidBeauty so there will have to be some healthy competition to win my heart!

 Did you receive any of the above products? What are your views on the different boxes?
I'd love to hear from you.

Hope you are all having a great week and are managing to soak up some sun.
 Love, Pins. X

          Intel Engineer Reimagines Earbuds for Smartphones        
 Article source: Intel Free Press Indira Negi brings passion for running, biometric experience and maker skills to development of Intel smart earbuds. When she literally jogged on-stage to join Intel CEO Brian Krzanich in his opening keynote at International CES in Las Vegas, engineer Indira Negi was there to demonstrate the Intel smart earbuds that […]
          Mill STRATA: A Biometric VR Experience        

STRATA is a responsive VR experience driven by biometrics. #MillSTRATA tunes into your heart rate, breathing, stress levels and brain waves to remix a generative game engine world around you. The stunning immersive experience connects us to our own emotional state, teaching us to calm and focus our minds. Learn more:

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          Blood vessels prove you are you who you say you are         
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Researchers at NTNU in Gjøvik, Norway, have developed a prototype for a sensor that can scan and record both your fingerprint and the flow of blood in the veins in your fingers. The sensor prototype is small and easy to use, and has the potential to effect big changes in airport safety and border crossings. It will enable authentication to be both fast and secure. Photo: Kenneth Kalsnes

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          Consultants, manufacturers and integrators mix at AMAG SES        
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I spent the past two days at AMAG Technology’s Security Engineering Symposium here in St. Petersburg, Fla.

It was the 11th annual AMAG SES event, with about 90 consultants in attendance. “We handpick the best consultants in the industry and invite them here,” AMAG director of business development Jody Ross told me. More consultants than ever before attended, she said, and about “45 to 50 percent of them were new faces.”

According to informal surveys at the event, business is good these days for the consultants. Eighty percent of consultants said they’re working on new business currently, as opposed to more jobs for existing clients. In a show of hands, about 75 percent said they are “busy or very busy” and about 40 percent say they’re looking to hire more consultants.

Ed Chandler of Security by Design, a frequent attendee at this event, said he checked up on improvements included in the new version (V7.1) of AMAG’s Symmetry access control and security management system. He also views the event as an opportunity to give product feedback to AMAG and other manufacturing partners who attend the event, he said.

Coincidentally, I’d just interviewed Ed’s wife and business partner, Lorna Chandler, last week. She will be SSN’s featured specifier in our “Specifically Speaking” column in the April issue of SSN. Each month, we do a Q & A with a different specifier, (supplied to SSN by, and I also had a chance to meet three other specifiers in person who are alumni of the SpecificallySpeaking column (Michael Crocker, Mark Peterson and Ted Wheaton)  

AMAG’s manufacturing partners this year, included HID and Stentofon, which have both been at all 11 AMAG SES symposiums. Dan Rothrock of Stentofon demoed a new (extremely audible) audio product called “Turbine.”

One point emphasized by Rothrock and AMAG at the event is that both are typically considered ideal for enterprise solutions, but both offer solutions for smaller applications,—that’s fewer than 16 readers for AMAG, and for Stentafon, “a two to 16-station IP-solution that doesn’t need a server or software licenses,” Rothrock said.  

Hawkeye Technologies showcased its Harmony web-based solution that enables users to interface with AMAG’s Symmetry solution using any device with a web browser.

SRI International Sarnoff  showed off its iris-readers, a walk-by solution and a handheld solution. I saw a demo where a guy’s iris was recognized when he was wearing tri-focal sunglasses. It’s not cheap, the readers run around $2,800 for the stationary readers and $20,000 for the handheld, but the price has come down substantially, and these guys claim that their solution—because it works at some distance (relative to other solutions) —is more valuable. Plus, they say it’s the most accurate biometric next to retinal scans and Stephen Piro, business development director for SRI said: “administration and recurring ownership cost is extremely low.”  It’s been implemented at an athletic facility at Auburn University and elsewhere. Niche-y but cool stuff.  

Assa Abloy brought its demo bus to the event. The focus was on its wireless lock lines, which I’d seen at ASIS and ISC West last year, and its new resi phones-unlocking doors solution—a collaboration between Verizon and Yale, which was introduced at the CES show in January, and some say may migrate into the commercial world.

NEC’s Miguel Llerena told me that specifiers and integrators need to take more of an interest in the “how virtualization will play a role in this industry. They need to be aware and prepared,” he said.
He said he’s working on eight access control systems, AMAG and others, that use a virtualized server. “Virtualization will happen first, then private cloud and then the public cloud,” he predicted, and suggested that integrators get certified on VM ware or other virtualization platform.

Other partners at the event included Innometriks, Intransa, Milestone,  and Winstead.

AMAG’s Tina Seraphin, who joined the company one year ago and is spearheading the company’s new professional services offerings, described the program, which she said was launched in response to requests from consultants.
I'll have more on this, but it’s an extensive, structured program that provides a variety of extra support for integrators. “More frequently, we’re finding consultants are writing into specifications that professional services must be included in the project,” Jody Ross said. “It’s a safeguard, an extra layer … everyone can sleep better at night.”
There were also about 19 integrators at the AMAG event, as well as PSA Security’s Bill Bozeman. This is the second year that integrators have been invited to attend some of the consultant sessions yesterday and to participate in a kind of mini-conference which is scheduled to take place today (March 7). They’ll hear from AMAG and AMAG partners, but they’ll also have a consultant/reseller panel discussion and break-out sessions.

AMAG did this with five resellers last year, and decided to expand the number of integrators this year. The discussion will focus on the best ways to work together, Ross said. Last year both the consultants and integrators said it was “valuable to get input from the other side,” she said.

One integrator, Dan Kilgore of RFI Communications, attended consultant sessions on March 6 and was looking forward to the joint sessions today.

“I wanted to hear what they are being presented with and what we’ll be presented with tomorrow. If I can understand how they get to their frame of mind, that might help me to be a better resource to them,” he said. While it’s important to maintain a separation between the consultant and integrator, the two professions “oftentimes live in separate vacuums,” and that’s not helpful for integrator, specifier, end user or manufacturer, he said.  

          Smart people, dumb people        
[He's not impressed.]

The Heritable View of General Intelligence

What makes us smart or dumb? How can we tell and why does it matter?

Notions of intelligence have historically revolved around privilege and social status. This is what I will refer to as the hereditary view of general intelligence. It goes like this:

Intelligence is a general quality that can be perceived in how well you do at tasks valued by the privileged and powerful, that which marks or sets them apart from others. Yet it is assumed to be applicable to practically any problem.  If you don't speak the right way, think the right way, or have the right views, it is a mark of not just ignorance but lack of intelligence. Of course, narrowly defining what intelligence is or is not and how it can be detected or measured is stacking the deck toward a favored result, but that is par for the course.

Intelligence is biologically heritable. This fits in with broader nationalist and racist views and narrower class/social superiority views. Those who are believed to be inherently smarter are also perceived to be more successful, and vice versa, both suggesting and reinforcing the idea that you are born smart or dumb. Smart people therefore deserve their privilege as a birthright. They are natural leaders. No need to look to social, ecological, political, or other factors in relative success within or between societies.

Intelligence is fixed throughout one's life. This source of pride and privilege is a life-long trait. Those who have it keep it, except perhaps owing to some illnesses, injuries, or advanced age. You ought to therefore be able to pick out future leaders by looking at the aptitude of children.

The heredity view of general intelligence (HVGI hereafter) was a focus of biometricians examining heredity at the turn of the twentieth century, as it coincided with a new concern for how human variation could be explained and controlled. It just so happens that HVGI resembles whatever influential white men and those who train under them think is cool and elite. Just a coincidence, surely?

Isaac Newton rocked the world of European science so hard that many academics began to think that any good scientific theory ought to resemble Newtonian physics. This helped launch what has come to be known as physics envy, wherein people in other disciplines want(ed) to have an elegant theory with a mathematical expression and precise predictions for testing and validation. Charles Darwin, for example, used the work of Malthus to show that natural selection could be connected to mathematics. Later, in the first quarter of the twentieth century, biologists worked at synthesizing Darwinism and Mendelism in the creation of the mathematical and statistical science of population genetics, which became the lingua franca of evolutionary biology.

Physics envy has made repeated in-roads into behavioral and social sciences as well, and intelligence is a frequent focus of such efforts. But how to quantify it and set up precise predictions? Narrow definitions of readily standardized tasks is a start, and this is where such attempts always begin. But which tasks? And what counts? How to measure degrees of success? What is the quantifiable object of statistical analysis?

Here enters IQ, the intelligence quotient. But no one can really say what it is, beyond a statistical analysis of performances for a list of cognitive tasks that are said to correlate to future performances by an individual in a particular societal model of education and work. A whole flood of literature argues what IQ, and the underlying the HVGI it is supposed to represent, actually reflects and therefore what uses it might have.

The trick is in the underlying assumptions: That analytical ability related to the kinds of conceptualization used in disciplines like formal logic, mathematics, and physics are the most valuable and relevant forms or expressions of intelligence. That this perception of value and relevance is objective and not historically and culturally shaped. That the ability to correlate aptitude on a test with future success in certain tasks or situations also requiring similar ways of thinking reflects generalized ability. That this generalized ability reflects some substantive and largely fixed component residing in the size or configuration of the brain and that is inherited biologically.

Which is apparently why poor people, people who are societally marginalized or ghettoized,  and those raised in non-Western cultures sometimes appear a little on the dull side. The idea that the co-creating and interactive factors of genetics/epigenetics, the social, chemical, and ecological environments, and so on lay different foundations upon which future development is based is given polite lip service as that mixture is puzzle that cross-cultural psychologists and cultural anthropologists are still on the surface of, even with collaboration among colleagues in numerous other fields.

The idea that seemingly stable and heritable traits work out because of several layers of development that tend to go the same route over and over yet which are dependent on such multifactorial construction is daunting. When do divergences begin? How quickly do they separate? How and why? That is, based on what influences? What other forms or expressions of intelligence should we recognize? How are they and their underlying developmental influences related?We could ask these same questions,by the way, of gender-identity and sexual orientation and other complex human traits.

But hey, we can just say that there are strong correlations between certain tests and certain future outcomes, so the HVGI and its underlying assumptions are more or less valid, right?

The arguments over the HVGI are extensive and perpetual, but it cannot be denied that it originated to explain and justify societal, class, and racial differences, that it's validity and the limits of its usefulness have legitimate challenges within relevant academic and professional communities, and that it has strongly influenced popular perceptions of what being smart or dumb means, including what it looks and sounds like. 

Smart is white, dumb is non-white.

Smart is male, dumb is female.

Smart is a financially successful and socially lauded career, dumb is a socially maligned/poor paying job or unemployment.

Smart is (globally) north, dumb is (globally) south.

Smart is modernized and industrialized, dumb is traditional and agrarian.

Smart is urban, dumb is rural.

Smart is irreligious, dumb is religious.

Smart is college-educated, dumb is non college-educated.

Smart is science (especially physical sciences, i.e. physics and chemistry) and engineering, dumb is arts and humanities.

Smart is formal logic and mathematics, dumb is informally descriptive and poetic.

Smart is analytical, dumb is intuitive.

Smart is rational, dumb is emotional.

Smart is empirical, dumb is metaphysical.

Smart is quantitative, dumb is qualitative.

Smart is advanced technology and fast paced lifestyle, dumb is simple tools and leisure.

Smart is a coat and tie, dumb is jeans and a T-shirt.

Smart is an office/indoor job working with ideas, dumb is working outdoors with your hands.

Smart is quiet and subdued, dumb is loud and boisterous.

Smart is stationary and isolated, dumb is frenetic and gregarious.

Smart is detached and dispassionate, dumb is embracing and spiritual.

Can you see the cultural and historical biases a little clearer now? These aren't absolutes, but the more some person, group, idea, or activity tends one way the more they are seen in places like Europe and North America is smarter, and when they list the other way they are perceived as dumber.

This is the millieu in which the HVGI was developed and refined. Regardless of whether you think a measurement like IQ is valid or useful, it was born and developed in this kind of atmosphere and in turn it continues to subtly and not so subtly reinforce such thoughts and feelings about who and what is smart or dumb. The idea of IQ becomes contorted and used in popular presentations and entertainment as either a kind of intellectual second-sight (extremely high IQs) or as a form of frail innocence/odious ignorance (low IQs). This spills over into popular understanding and attitudes.

So how else might we think of intelligence? More specifically, of smart and dumb?

A Different View of Smart and Dumb

My thoughts are just that, so take them or leave them. As implied, I think there are strong cultural biases shaping conventional notions of what intelligence is and therefore how it should be recognized and measured. I have nothing against the form of intelligence used in formal logical and mathematics, and consequently in disciplines like physics, but its social ascendancy as the exemplar or prime indicator of a great and powerful mind is a historical phenomenon. Thinking in a mechanical way has allowed for the development of many physical, social, and economic devices which have brought increased prosperity and technical marvels, albeit in large measure to the powerful and wealthy societies and their more powerful and wealthy members. The outcomes also include many of our present ills.

There are many other forms of intelligence that are proposed or recognized, from modular adaptive intelligence to emotional intelligence to social intelligence and so on. I will not list and critique them here. Some variations focus on conscious thinking, some also include unconscious processing of information in the form of intuition. But all definitions of intelligence revolve around the idea of using cognitive capacities to explore new possibilities (from geographic exploration to storytelling) and adapt to novel challenges (i.e. problem-solving).

If we dispense with the current Western fixation with a limited notion of primary intelligence as described and open it up to the full range of human experience, such cognitively enabled exploration and adaptation makes things such as IQ inadequate to represent the true scope of human intelligence and confines it to a historically and socially circumscribed role. But dealing with the IQ debate isn't the point. Such an expansion of the view of intelligence, which is hardly unique to me, takes us back to asking how do we recognize it and measure it?

Or in simpler but more honest terms, how do we use labels like smart and dumb?

More studied professionals can offer a comprehensive answer to such questions, but I offer a few observations and suggestions here.

We can recognize that intelligence is shaped and stimulated by that to which we are exposed and how we respond. Someone who might seem unintelligent and disinterested in one context might suddenly light up and display unexpected competence in another.

If you have little exposure to particular types of environments and experiences, they will not have shaped your ability to recognize and respond to situations in those environments. Your perception, comprehension, and problem-solving abilities will be limited when operating in those environments. Neuroplasticity, or the ability of the brain to wire and rewire itself, may alter which circumstances we are best able to cope with as well as how we cope with them, beyond any biases from very early periods of development (pre- and peri-natal).

Those exposed to a broader array of circumstances and possibilities would have a greater chance to cultivate their various aspects of intelligence. Limiting oneself would give a chance for deeper cultivation in a narrower band of circumstances and possibilities yet cut off chances to make broader connections between similar patterns and processes in other areas of life. Let me unpack that and show where I am going with this.

Circumstances refers to any particular set of elements for a conscious experience, whether it be mood, health, physical location, social context, and so on. Given that we each live in a subjective model of the world recreated in our minds, circumstances refers to a broad set of possibilities. You could have two otherwise identical people living in what appear to be the same circumstances yet vary it by having one be self-doubting and depressed, while the other is confident and outgoing. While they seem outwardly to live in identical circumstances, what each actually perceives of the world around and how they react to it is very different.

Possibilities as used is intended to give a sense of the degree of awareness a person possesses. In our previous example, it is likely that the confident, outgoing person sees different and brighter possibilities than the depressed counterpart, who would see fewer and darker alternatives. The former would have a greater chance to encounter and learn from new experiences or to gain new insights into already familiar experiences. This would lead to a more expansive view of the world and greater opportunities for further exploration. The latter might become stuck reliving the same challenges over and over again, thwarting opportunities to move onto something greater. This isn't to suggest that depressed people are less intelligent than non-depressed individuals, but rather to illustrate limitations to cultivating and expanding ones intelligence. Such limitations are akin to tunnel vision.

As for making broader connections between patterns and processes in multiple areas of life, recognizing (or creating) such connections is a quintessential aspect of human intelligence. You perceive that what is happening at the social level is similar to something at the physical level, or perhaps to something at the organic level. Perhaps a recurring pattern, or perhaps an interrelated series of processes. You then see if what you know about the pattern or process in one area helps you make sense of the pattern of process in another area. If it does, epiphany! Revelation! You've gained insight. You may have increased your perceptiveness in one or more circumstances and your capacity to solve problems in related situations.

So backing up a bit, this is the point of suggesting that being exposed to a broader array of circumstances and possibilities would offer a greater chance to cultivate various aspects of intelligence by increasing the opportunities to make broader connections between similar patterns and processes in different areas of life. Which in turn fits with the notion of intelligence as the use of cognitive capacities to explore new possibilities and adapt to novel challenges. Tunnel vision, whether from obsession or depression, or from limited social or economic opportunities, fear, or some other source, would be associated not with being dumb but with lack of opportunity for cultivation of certain forms or expressions of intelligence. That does not mean the mind itself would simply idle and become dull from disuse (1). It would find different outlets for exploration or expression, retreating into itself and its own imagination if other opportunities were not present.

The perception of intelligence has to do with appearing competent, creative, and knowledgeable. These attributes can be associated the aforementioned cultivation of the mind in different circumstances -- with different cognitive capacities associated with various expressions of intelligence. This highlights the difference between ones potential expression of intelligence in a particular circumstance, whether it be on a chemistry exam or attempting to get a date, and the manifested expression. In other words, intelligence isn't just some general capacity you can tap, it is about a collection of resources that need to be developed and managed.

But we still have a question asked and left unanswered.

So what?

So why does this matter?

There are different ways people with different minds will approach a specific type of problem. Some will rapidly figure out a solution. Others will struggle for a while then have a breakthrough and find an ingenious answer. Others will struggle long and hard to eventually come up with a way to address the issue, while some will struggle and never quite find an adequate response.

What do we assume about each of them? About why they reacted as they did? About whether or not they can be helped and how to do so? Our view of what intelligence is, and of what we should or shouldn't expect of an individual, will give us our answer.  If we ignore the issue of context and experience, we might assume that the first two types of people are generally just "smarter" than the latter two types. Being labeled smart or dumb can have a profound impact on how people continue to grow and develop. Those labeled as smart people might think everything should come easily, and those labeled dumb may expect everything to come hard. One group will have more doors opened and the other will see more doors closed.

Yet if intelligence is about resource cultivation and adaptability, we would expect and respect failure in learning rather than fearing it. Successful people tend to learn this lesson and see practice and gaining experience as essential. If someone continues to practice but still isn't succeeding, do we assume they are dumb? Or is it their background? Or perhaps it is our question/problem. Are we sure there isn't another way to frame it? To approach it? Or are we simply trying to impose conformity and a convenient standard of measurement of potential?

Again, why does a consideration of how we understand and work with intelligence matter?

Consider the different forms of human experience. Consider the many forms our expressions of intelligence can take. Now take that brilliant diversity and cram it all into some pre-packaged formats where those who best fit in are rewarded and those who don't are punished or left out.

As mentioned, conventional Western notions of intelligence tend to revolve around thinking that fits certain cultural and historical patterns and which are related to success and prosperity in a technologically oriented and industrialized form of society. Yet not everyone has the same odds for success in that system, given different backgrounds of development and the effects of racism, poverty, and other social ills. So are we to say that the poor and minorities are just dumber than the rest of us? Some do. Even if we eliminated poverty and structural discrimination against different segments of society, would we fault or penalize those not best suited for or interested in a STEM (science, technology, and math) career? We have problems generated by the kind of society and economic infrastructure that has arisen over the past century and a half, problems that require new ways of perceiving and adapting. Do we truly believe that the humanities and the arts are just fluff rather than the core of what our species is? Do we really think that people who are closer to the natural world and the wild have nothing useful to share without an advanced biology degree?

To give another example, consider the religious fundamentalist. Fundamentalism is the epitome of closing oneself off to all but a limited set of experiences. The biggest danger in fundamentalism is exposure to new circumstances and possibilities, at least without sufficient inoculation against the seductive temptations of evil, like reading Harry Potter books or becoming close friends with an out and proud gay person. Those who leave fundamentalism bemoan how dumbed down everything is, and those who see religion as pointless and harmful ignorance applaud that someone has been liberated from the clutches of sacred inanity. But is it only the "dumb" people who stay? As suggested, such isolation leads to lack of cultivation of particular expressions of intelligence, not to the absence of the capacity to think or reason. And thinking and reasoning are not the only forms of intelligence! The reason fundamentalism may seem dumb to those who leave is precisely the result of the liberty they have asserted to explore their lives and their world, to see it in so many new ways. One can always claim that a position with which they disagree is dumb, especially one that is non-conventional or disparaged, but just ask an ex-fundamentalist how much mental work it took to be one. They could give degrees for the complex mental hoops one has to continually jump through. There is a difference between being "dumb" as in "lacking intelligence" and "dumb" as in "lacking opportunities to more fully use and express ones intelligence".

On the other hand, many people following a sacred tradition, whether or not their spiritual path follows a traditional form of religion, are exposed to possibilities and circumstances that they otherwise would never have encountered. If we look at American citizens by conventional standards of intelligence, it isn't just irreligious people as smart and religious people as dumb. Some groups with the highest marks by conventional measures are religious. But that still assumes that conventional measures of intelligence are the only ones that matter. Are we really going to say that there is no fruitful insight that a devoted life of faith, especially one outside of religious fundamentalism, can offer? That people who lives such lives have nothing to offer than what their conventional form of intelligence suggests? Are we so ready to impoverish ourselves by simply saying that we can ignore such a deep vein of human experience? This is not to suggest everyone must explore that vein, it is to ask whether it has anything of relevance to offer. Are we just going to label it and those who labor to mine it as dumb (and by extension useless or irrelevant)?

I realize I have wandered over a good-sized stretch of territory, but I am very tired of how we think and talk about intelligence at the societal level. Of how we use labels such as dumb and unintelligent as well as smart and bright in nonconstructive and even destructive ways. Surely we can appreciate the fuller nature of the human experience and how our received, conventional notions are often social constructions shaped by historical forces often limit our imagination and our potential. Yes, I think there are dumb people, but not in the hateful pejorative sense. I would rather use terms like ignorant ("to not know") and limited. Yes, I think there are smart people, but not all of them have degrees or know how to use smartphones.  More importantly, though, I think we need to look at how to more broadly appreciate the diversity of human intelligence and its myriad forms of expression. Our species faces too many challenges concerning how and why we will continue to exist (or not!) to waste such precious resources. We can either consciously change how we organize our communities and societies, or that change can be forced upon us by the consequences of our action and indifference. We will need our full potential to deal with either eventuality.


1. This may not be true for cases of extreme isolation and deprivation during early childhood development, in which damage to the still forming mind might become severe.
          Announcing the EclipseCon Hot New Product Showcase        

This year at EclipseCon, the Hot New Product Showcase will feature new Eclipse-based products that were released in the last 12 months. EclipseCon attendees will have a chance to see these new products in action and then vote for the 'Hot New Product Award'.

Any company, open source project or individual that has introduced a new Eclipse-based product in the last 12 months is welcomed to participate in the Showcase. The product can be applicable to any market or industry. There are lots of great examples of Eclipse-based products in the mobile industry, cloud market, biometric research, financial industry, advanced research, healthcare and many more. This is your chance to showcase your new product, so sign-up today.

          FIA: Next safety push in F1 is 'biometrics'        
The next step in safety in F1 will be biometric data, the FIA has revealed.
          Cyber Soothsaying: Where There's a Way, There's a Will        
This week, the RSA Conference draws its annual pilgrimage of data security professionals seeking insights on market and technology trends. As a seed-stage security investor in this industry, it has been my job to predict the future of cybersecurity, and so now’s a good time to share two important rules that have served me well:

(i)                Follow the Money: what’s the most lucrative opportunity emerging for hackers today? Identify the hacker’s next big opportunity, and you know who will need to respond! This rule, for example, steered me toward spam in 2002 (Postini), online banking theft in 2004 (Cyota), geopolitical warfare in 2009 (Endgame) and DDoS attacks in 2013 (Defense.Net).

(ii)              Where There’s A Way There’s A Will. Physicists know that if a natural phenomenon can exist, then most likely it does.  The cyber corollary is that vulnerabilities in the wild WILL be exploited – it’s only a matter of time.  Poisoning the DNS, using the cloud to factor large numbers, and streaming smartphone microphones were all considered theoretical attacks, until they weren’t. Whenever we dismiss vulnerabilities as too difficult to exploit, hackers eventually humble us with their ingenuity.

Just this week we saw two important examples of this rule in action. The first is Apple’s confirmationof a glaring deficiency in their implementation of SSL that means we’ve been kidding ourselves about how secure the Mac and iPhone really are. The software engineers at Apple are mortal, and just as prone to the inevitable security lapses that plague any complex system.

The second example is a blog postby RSA about new malware on Android phones that coordinate with web based attacks to hijack banking sessions. I have been expecting this “innovation” since 2005, when I predictedthat banks, plagued by the security shortcomings of passwords and biometrics, would adopt and embrace out-of-band authentication for any risky transaction:

That's why solutions in the future will move away from 2-factor authentication and toward 2-channel authentication. Since your bank knows your phone numbers, a bank computer can simply call you when it needs to confirm your identity, and authorize the specific transaction ("This is Wells Fargo--please enter the code on your screen to authorize the transfer of $50,000 from your account to the account of the Boys and Girls Club of Belfast"). This is a very inexpensive and fast solution to deploy, and requires much less customer training. Not to mention that it's secure (at least for many years, until hackers can easily identify and commandeer affiliated phone lines).

This prediction turned out well: 2-channel authentication has since become standard procedure for banks, application developers and consumers, thanks largely to three investments I made back then:

1.      If you’re a bank…
Cyota (acq. by RSA) is the market leader in assessing your transactions for risk so they can be escalated for authentication;

2.      If you’re a developer…
Twilio is the market leader in enabling apps to launch phone calls or SMS messages for out-of-band authentication (this may be Twilio’s single largest use case); and

3.      If you’re an individual…
Lifelock leads the Identity Theft market, by contacting you through multiple channels when they spot a risky transaction involving your Personally Identifiable Information.

However, as I parenthetically noted in 2005, it’s theoretically possible to “commandeer affiliated phone lines” in order to defeat 2-channel authentication. This seemed like a pretty far-fetched idea 8 years ago, but sure enough where there’s a way there’s a will, and bank accounts are where the money is! So I wasn’t too surprised to hear from RSA that hackers now intercept your SMS messages and phone calls in order to defeat the banks’ security mechanism.

It is natural that hackers focused on this attack vector because so few IT people understand the perils of mobile malware. Enterprises are busy deploying MDM and app-wrapping products, but they ignore the rampant spread of malware that  renders those solutions useless. If I root your phone and ship home screenshots every minute that you run SalesForce, what good are the MDM and MAM products? (Lucky for Airwatch, they sold out before customers caught on to this.)

This is why we at BVP funded Wandera â€“ the only company specifically building a cloud-based smartphone security service, which filters out mobile malware during both download and execution, as well as providing URL filtering, data leak prevention, and enterprise cloud app visibility.

At the time we invested, many people warned us that mobile malware is simply not a big concern. But see Rules 1 and 2 above! Smartphones house our most precious secrets, and there are so many easy ways into them. I’m predicting that enterprises and governments will quickly understand this, and scramble to secure their employees’ phones just as they do their (larger) computers.

If you want to join me in predicting the future of cyberspace, look for the money chasing hackers, and pay more heed this week at RSA to the warnings of security gurus, since no vulnerability is too hard to exploit. Where there’s a way, there’s a will.

          Applying for Philippine Passport        
     Are you planning to apply for Philippine passport or planning to renew your passport? For those who applied for passport before 2010, I believe you can relate to my story. It was September 2009 when I first applied for a passport. I took a day off from work since application process was being held during normal business hours; prepared all the documents and went there at the old DFA office located near Cuneta Astrodome. I arrived around 8 o’clock in the morning and there were already thousands of applicants that time. Though lines were well-organized, I felt so uncomfortable for it took more than 3 hours before I can even get my papers verified. Take note that was just for step 1. People started to get annoyed and so was I. Another 3 hours for Step 2 until I finally reached Step 3 which was supposed to be the final step. Unfortunately, the officer didn’t accept the authenticated copy of my birth certificate. Her reason was that the person who authenticated it way back 2002 was no longer connected with NSO. I felt so pissed off considering that I waited for so long in the line, felt so hot, tired and hungry at the same time. I couldn’t eat as leaving the line will cause further delay. I was dismayed because I should have been informed about it during the first step (verification). Then the officer asked me to get a new copy of birth certificate and since I didn’t have any choice I went to NSO (Macapagal branch) and had it printed. The cost was Php140. I really wanted to finish it that day since I have to work the following day so I waited another hour for my birth certificate to be released and in a hurry to bring it back to DFA to complete the process since it was already 4PM and the office was about to close. Unfortunately, my name was misspelled, from Bernadette it appeared “Bernadeth” in SECPA (NSO Security Paper). I had been using the authenticated copy of my birth certificate ever since and didn’t have any problem with it until then. Then the NSO personnel asked me to go to main NSO to correct it under RA 9048 (Clerical Error). I was really frustrated as I was unable to complete my passport application that day plus it was not my mistake if the clerk mistyped my name in the original document. It took me months before I was able to correct my birth certificate as I had to submit the required documents in my hometown at San Juan, Batangas then brought them to NSO Main in Fairview. Processing fee was Php1000 but it had cost me more due to travelling and reprinting which could have been avoided if the clerk was careful. Well, they should be really careful because they knew how important and sensitive these documents are.

     Anyway, to cut the story short, after more than a year, I decided to apply for a passport again. This time, the process is totally different. You will have to secure your appointment online at The problem though is that the appointment date is set around 2 months from the date of your online application. They will send the electronic form in your email address which you will need to confirm within 48 hours by clicking on the link provided in the email or else the appointment will be cancelled. In my case I had applied for an appointment online last January but schedule was set for March 11, 2011. Last week, I had a problem because I lost the email sent by DFA and I haven’t printed the e-form yet. I asked my husband to call DFA Passport hotline (737-1000) and alas! The representative sent the email again right away. Today is March 11, so this morning, I went to Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Office located at 2330 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City for my personal appearance. I took another day off from work, anticipating what could possibly happen as the last time it took me whole day before I could reach the final step. You know what I discovered? New changes are amazing! I can say they had improved so much compared to what I had witnessed 2 years ago. The building is fully air-conditioned, thus you reach the final step with no sweat. Also, there were so many staffs assisting the applicants to speed up the process. The thumb mark, photo and signature are already digitized. In an hour time, I was able to complete the process. I would like to commend our government for the great improvement. At last, my passport will be released next month! The only comment I have is that I noticed some staffs who were not friendly, I know they can do better than acting like robots ;) Btw, just an update:

Passport Fees

Regular Processing: Php 950.00 (25 working days)

Rush Processing: Php 1,200.00 (15 working days)

To see the list of application requirements pls visit:

For all other inquiries, visit:

          Security improved by Biometric Cards        

Zwipe CEO, Kim Humborstad explains how Biometric Cards Improve the Security and Extend the Life of Proximity and Smart Card Systems, even in HID and Allegion Card-Based Solutions. Security improved by Biometric Cards More and more, security professionals using card-based front ends for their access control systems have been worried about the security of their proximity […]

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          Biometric card : Zwipe Joins Allegion’s aptiQ® Alliance Program        

Zwipe joins aptiQ® Alliance Program. aptiQ users can authenticate themselves directly on biometric card without adding biometric reader. Biometric card : Zwipe Joins Allegion’s aptiQ® Alliance Program Zwipe, a global leader in biometric authentication technology, today announced that it has joined the aptiQ® Alliance Program, a collaborative group of global companies that support Allegion’s aptiQ […]

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          Secure Your Guns        

Spiderman fans can tell you that with great power comes great responsibility. The right to keep and bear arms comes with an important responsibility: to safely store your firearms when they are not in use.

Too many tales of tragedy hit the news every year. Sometimes a child finds an unsecured gun and hurts or kills himself or a sibling. Other times, a police officer or other citizen is killed with a stolen pistol. While we cannot control the actions of other people, we can take simple and prudent steps to secure our guns when they are outside of our immediate control.

Here are a few suggestions:

Wear your defensive firearm – The best security of a firearm is when it is under your complete control. A pistol secured in a quality holster riding on your belt is not going to fall into a child’s hands. The obvious additional benefit is the gun is ready in the event of a home invasion or other deadly force emergency.

Gun safe – A big, locked steel box bolted to the foundation works very well to deter both criminals and curious children. No safe will offer 100% resistance to a thief with plenty of time, tools and determination. However, even a common safe from your local sporting goods store will deter the vast majority of burglars.

Lock box – There are a number of ready access lock boxes on the market that will allow you to secure the gun against children while still allowing you speedy access to the pistol contained within. For a gun you keep by the bedside, this is a very good way to safely store it. A neighbor’s kid wandering into your bedroom won’t be able to get in, but with a quick biometric or RFID scan, you are able to rapidly access your gun if someone comes into your home to do you harm.

A lock box will slow a thief, but not prevent him from taking the whole box to crack open at another location where he is unlikely to be discovered.

Trigger locks, cable locks – New guns all come with some kind of locking device, usually a trigger lock or cable lock. Some guns have an internal lock that disables them. These are good for keeping a child from hurting himself, but do not prevent theft or use after theft. A pistol or rifle secured with a trigger lock can still be carried from your home to a place where the criminal has plent of time to remove or bypass the lock.

My personal recommendation is to have a large safe that is properly secured to the studs and/or foundation. This is where you store all guns not being carried when you are away from the home. When you are home, the use of a lock box is a good idea for any staged guns. You primary defensive firearm should be on your person at all times: both at home and when out and about.

          6 things you need to know about GDPR         
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is set to come into effect from 25 May 2018. UK businesses need to be ready or face severe consequences.

In November 2016, Tesco Bank fell victim to a cyber attack in which £2.5 million was stolen from the current accounts of 20,000 customers. If the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) finds Tesco failed to comply with measures to keep people’s personal data secure, they could face a fine up to £500,000. Under the new regulations set out in the EU GDPR, the same fine could be set at £1.9 billion.

After May 2018, businesses failing this new strict data protection compliance regime will face severe penalties of up to 4% of worldwide turnover. The GDPR means significant changes for all businesses that use or store the personal data of EU citizens.  
“When it comes to data security, the silent spectre of EU General Data Protection Regulation is slowly kicking organisations into action, and incidents such as this will only accelerate this trend” - Nigel Hawthorn, the Chief European spokesperson at Skyhigh Networks.

In this blog we’ll look at 6 things you need to know about GDPR in order to prepare for its implementation in 2018. 

1.  Understand who GDPR applies to

Regardless of your business’s location, if you’re handling the data of European citizens then GDPR applies to you. Companies across the globe will be held to the exact same security standards.

This gives the European data protection authority the power to take action against any organisation breaching these regulations, regardless of geographic location.

Driven by the huge fines businesses face - if they fail to meet the protection requirements - 70% of businesses are now expected to increase spending to address data protection and sovereignty, according to Ovum

2.  Understand what counts as personal data

GDPR will widen the definition of what constitutes personal data. The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) failed to recognise genetic and biometric information as personal data, while the GDPR does.

Under the EU GDPR, personal data will be defined as:
“Data consisting of racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or trade union membership, genetic data, biometric data, data concerning health or data concerning a natural person's sex life or sexual orientation”.

This broad definition means almost all customer information now falls under the category of ‘personal data’. Your business must comprehend the significant changes in the incoming regulation, securing any and all data to avoid severe punishment. 

3.  Review your business’s Terms & Conditions

The GDPR regulation introduces new guidelines stressing the need for explicit individual consent before using a citizen’s data. Businesses will need to use simpler language when asking for consent, be clear on how the data will be used and understand that inactivity does not constitute consent. Lengthy and complicated terms and conditions which lack clarity will no longer be tolerated.

EU citizens will also have greater influence over what happens to their data. Including data erasure (commonly known as ‘the right to be forgotten’) and data portability (transmitting data to another controller).

GDPR also introduces the data minimisation principle, requiring organisations not to hold data for any longer than absolutely necessary. This law also prevents businesses from changing the use of data from what it was originally collected for – unless they request permission. 

4.  You’ll need to conduct Privacy Impact Assessments

The GDPR introduces the need for Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs) for any project where privacy breach risks are high.

Your business can no longer begin projects involving personal information, unless a privacy risk assessment has been conducted first. Your business must also work closely with a Data Protection Officer to ensure compliance throughout all projects.

Your organisation must integrate security into the core of all projects, rather than it being a simple consideration.

5. You may need a Data Protection Officer

The EU GDPR removes the notion that regulations should relate to an organisation’s size or the number of employees. 

If your organisation fits any of the three scenarios below – outlined in article 37 -  it’s mandatory that you appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO). The core activities of the organisation involve:

  • the processing of personal data by a public authority
  • “regular and systematic monitoring of data subjects on a large scale”
  • large-scale processing of special data—for example, biometric, genetic, geo-location,

The role of the DPO is to monitor organisational compliance to the regulations and report all and any findings to the highest management level. A study by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) suggests that 75,000 DPOs will have to be appointed globally in the next two years.

This same study shows that staffing requirements are likely to present a big challenge to organisations that don’t hire or develop the skills quickly.

Firebrand offer the Certified Data Protection Officer certification designed for those with at least two years of experience in data protection. Sitting this 3-day course will build the skills and knowledge required to fulfill the role of DPO to maintain compliance against the EU GDPR.    

6.  Reporting a breach – constant monitoring required

In addition to outlining how your businesses should secure their data, the GDPR also has strict regulations on how your business must respond in the event of a data breach.

This includes the common breach notification requirement, combining all breach notification laws across Europe under one definition, providing clarity on how your business reports a data breach. This notification law “requires organisations to notify the local data protection authority of a data breach within 72 hours of discovering it”.

Considering Yahoo stumbled across one of the largest security breaches in history two years after it occurred, this law forces even the largest organisations to be more proactive in identifying and reporting incidents.  If GDPR applies to your organisation, you’ll need to put in place tools and processes to monitor and create alerts in the event of an incident 24/7/365. 

Time is running out...

You have just 12 months to prepare for the incoming GDPR. As outlined above, there must be significant changes to the way your business collects, handles, secures and shares data in May 2018 and beyond. 

Once these regulations are introduced, your organisation won't get away with a minor fine for mishandling sensitive information. Failure to prepare will lead to severe - inf not business ending - financial consequences. Don't get caught out, start your GDPR readiness journey today.

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My favorite part of this :

MAY 21, 2017

Apple Pay Violates Patents Held by Security Technology Inventor, Lawsuit Alleges


SAN FRANCISCO -- A small Boston company, founded by the inventor of a popular corporate encryption technology called RSA SecurID, sued Apple and Visa on Sunday, arguing that the Apple Pay digital payment technology violates its patents.

The lawsuit, filed by Universal Secure Registry in Federal District Court in Delaware, says that its chief executive, Kenneth P. Weiss, received 13 patents for authentication systems that use a smartphone, biometric identification such as a fingerprint and the generation of secure one-time tokens to conduct financial transactions.

In the suit and in an interview, Mr. Weiss said he had extensive meetings in 2010 with Visa officials, including its chief executive at the time, to discuss working together on the technology. In the interview, he said that Visa had signed a 10-year nondisclosure agreement to gain access to the technology, assigned engineers to fully understand the details, but then dropped further communication without securing a license.

Mr. Weiss said he also wrote to Apple at the same time seeking to license his technology, but the iPhone maker never responded to his inquiries.

Three years later, Visa began work on the Apple Pay technology with Apple, MasterCard and American Express. Apple released Apple Pay to iPhone users in 2014.

Although Apple has heavily promoted Apple Pay as an alternative to paying with a credit card at retail stores, in apps and on websites, it has not gained much traction with consumers or merchants. Users enroll a credit card on their phone, then touch a finger to the iPhone’s Touch ID sensor to pay a merchant that has installed a wireless terminal that can receive a signal from the phone.

Universal Secure Registry did not seek a license agreement or royalties from Apple or Visa after the release of Apple Pay. Mr. Weiss said the law firm representing his company, the patent specialists Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, advised him to file the suit first.

Apple declined to comment on the suit. Visa did not respond to a request for comment.

Apple has taken an aggressive stance recently against companies seeking royalties for key patents covering its iPhones, Macs and other products. It is embroiled in bitter litigation against Nokia and Qualcomm, accusing them of demanding unfairly high royalties for technology that it uses.

Quinn Emanuel, which filed the Apple Pay suit on behalf of Universal Secure Registry, represented Samsung Electronics in some of its long-running patent litigation with Apple over software in its Android-based smartphones.

Mr. Weiss said that his company has tried to license its technology to larger firms without success and is now building its own device for secure wireless authentication.

He founded Security Dynamics in 1984 and was its chairman until 1996. Security Dynamics acquired RSA Data Security in 1996, and the two companies’ technologies were eventually combined in the RSA SecurID token system that is now used by tens of millions of people to authenticate and secure communications with corporate and government computer systems. RSA is now part of Dell EMC.

After leaving Security Dynamics, Mr. Weiss turned his attention to payment technologies and planned to license them to larger companies. He said he is still hoping to reach some kind of agreement with Apple and Visa.

“My intention is still to get into a conference room with them and resolve this,” he said.




          Aadhar Payment App: Download | Use and Review        
Aadhar Payment App is the new way of making online payments in place of traditional hard cash and plastic cards. Indian Government on 25th December 2016 has launched a new app called Aadhar Pay all across the country. With help of this new app, people will now be able to make transactions in regards to their UIDAI numbers. Forget all conventional payment methods now. No need of working internet connection, smartphone, credit/debit cards. All you need is Aadhar Card Number and bank integrated with that. Process is much simpler and faster than any other conventional method. Moreover merchants will now not need to pay anything as additional processing fee (which is usually 2-3% of the total sum) which will surely give relief to many. Here's how you can use Aadhar Payment App for shopping purpose.

Aadhar Pay
Aadhar Pay

Download Aadhar Pay from Google Play Store

As of now Aadhar Pay is listed on Android's Google Play Store only. In coming days it might be ported to other stores of Apple iOS and Windows (we will surely update you at that time). Below are the steps through which you can download and install Aadhar Pay app:

  1. Visit Google Play Store
  2. Search Aadhar Payment App
  3. Download and install it like any normal app
  4. Buy biometric sensor/machine that will cost Rs. 2000 per machine
  5. Connect your Android smartphone with point of sale machine. You might need to integrate the biometric sensor using UIDAI number also
  6. This is it. Now all the transactions made through configured biometric machine will be credited to your account
This part is for Merchants only. In case you are on the consumer side then you don't need to download any program or anything like.

Simply enter your aadhar card number, select the bank (which you have added to Aadhar Card system) and scan your finger at the biometric scanning machine. This is how you can use Aadhar Pay app to make transactions for traditional shopping.

Please let us know if you need any more details on the same.

          Government proposes major overhail of visa and citizenship system        
The federal government has proposed major changes it says will simplify and modernise Australia's visa system. Under the changes visa applicants may need to supply biometric data and the number of visas available could be slashed.

(รัฐบาลออสเตรเลีย เสนอจะเปลี่ยนแปลงระบบวีซ่าให้ซับซ้อนน้อยลงและทันสมัยมากขึ้น โดย ผู้สมัครของวีซ่าอาจต้องให้ข้อมูลไบโอเมตริก และจะลดประเภทของวีซ่าให้น้อยลง)
          Un chip nella tua mano        
Marco Cedolin

Avevamo analizzato in un articolo di alcuni anni fa il mondo della tecnologia Rfid, le sue potenzialità ed il suo tanto progressivo quanto silenzioso ingresso nelle nostre vite.
L'inserimento di chip sottocute per svolgere uno svariato numero di funzioni è ormai da tempo una realtà in continua evoluzione, ma sembra ancora lontano dal dilagare nella società, grazie alla riluttanza della maggioranza della popolazione a subire innesti all'interno del proprio corpo e al fatto che chi propone questo tipo di tecnologia non ha ancora deciso di usare in maniera concreta il ricatto occupazionale, l'unica arma veramente in grado di farlo diventare un fenomeno di massa....

Un piccolo passo in questo senso sembra lo stia facendo la compagnia del Wisconsin Three Square Market, un' azienda che disegna software per i locali all’interno degli uffici dove gli impiegati vanno nei momenti di pausa.

Il primo di agosto quasi tutti i suoi 50 dipendenti (naturalmente su base volontaria) sono stati invitati ad un "chip party" durante il quale oltre a gozzovigliare con un menù a base di quegli snack che l'azienda distribuisce nelle macchinette, riceveranno un microchip che verrà impiantato nello spazio sopra al palmo della mano che sta fra il pollice e l’indice.

Il chip, prodotto dalla BioHax International, azienda svedese specializzata in sensori biometrici, sarà grande come un chicco di riso, costa 300 dollari e usa la tecnologia Rfid. Servirà per "timbrare il cartellino", aprire la porta dell'ufficio, accendere il computer e naturalmente acquistare gli snack all'interno dei distributori automatici.

Il ceo dell'azienda, che diventerà la prima compagnia americana ad adottare questa tecnologia, assicura che il chip non permetterà di seguire gli spostamenti dei dipendenti, non essendo munito di tecnologia gps e che la privacy sarà tutelata dal momento che le informazioni in esso contenute risultano criptate. E non esiste motivo di dubitare delle sue parole, così come del fatto che i dipendenti abbiano aderito su base volontaria, anche se diventa difficile immaginare la prospettiva di una fulgida carriera qualora si decida di non sposare quella che è la filosofia dell'azienda.

Resta il fatto che il chicco di riso in questione può contenere informazioni di qualsiasi tipo, da quelle bancarie a quelle sanitarie e, qualora munito di gps, permette senza alcun problema il tracciamento dei movimenti del soggetto che porta l'impianto, l'ascolto delle sue conversazioni e molto altro ancora.
Fortunatamente i pensieri più reconditi restano ancora un'isola incontaminata, ma in quell'ambito anticipando ogni chip stanno lavorando con solerzia Fiano e la Boldrini.

          Who Is An Indian? Race, Place, and the Politics of Indigeneity in the Americas        
“A significant addition to research, Who Is an Indian? provides an extended examination and a clear picture of Indigenous identity issues in the Americas. Among the book’s important contributions are its examination of the site of interface between the modern state and Indigenous peoples, as well as its analysis of how state discourses of identities are interpolated by Indigenous peoples and come to be important sites of tension.” --David Newhouse, Department of Indigenous Studies, Trent University
“Who Is an Indian? makes a strong and distinct contribution to the literature on Indigenous identities. The contributors examine imposed markers of distinctiveness, particularly those racial categories that have often been formulated by experts and imposed by dominant societies. This is a topic that is rife with controversy, but it is handled here with directness and historical acumen.”--Ronald Niezen, Department of Anthropology, McGill University
Who Is An Indian? Race, Place, and the Politics of Indigeneity in the Americas  is my newest edited collection, published by the University of Toronto Press. It completes a trilogy of edited volumes on indigeneity in the Americas that I began in 2006 with Indigenous Resurgence in the Contemporary Caribbean: Amerindian Survival and Revival, and in 2010 with the publication of Indigenous Cosmopolitans: Transnational and Transcultural Indigeneity in the Twenty-First Century.

About this Book

Who is an Indian? This is possibly the oldest question facing Indigenous Peoples across the Americas, and one with significant implications for decisions relating to resource distribution, conflicts over who gets to live where and for how long, and clashing principles of governance and law. For centuries, the dominant views on this issue have been strongly shaped by ideas of both race and place. But just as important, who is permitted to ask, and answer this question?
This collection examines the changing roles of race and place in the politics of defining Indigenous identities in the Americas. Drawing on case studies of Indigenous communities across North America, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America, it is a rare volume to compare Indigenous experience throughout the western hemisphere. The contributors question the vocabulary, legal mechanisms, and applications of science in constructing the identities of Indigenous populations, and consider ideas of nation, land, and tradition in moving indigeneity beyond race.

Genesis of the Project

This latest volume is probably the longest I have worked on any one publication project. It first began to take shape in 2006, as an effort exclusively focused on race, motivated by recognition of the fact that there were no volumes, treating the Americas as a whole, that compared and contrasted different ideas and applications of race in the definition of Indigenous identity. This was the basis for the first symposium in 2006, “Indigeneity and Race: ‘Blood Politics’ and the ‘Nature’ of Indigenous Identity,” organized under the auspices of the Canadian Anthropology Society’s annual conference, held at Concordia University on May 13, 2006. The same theme carried over into a following seminar, “Who Is an Indian? Race, Blood, DNA, and the Politics of Indigeneity in the Americas” involving 14 participants and hosted at the Clarion Hotel in Montreal, August 2-5, 2007, with the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. However, as a result of the discussions held at the second symposium, we came to the realization that race alone could not be the exclusive subject of our concerns in addressing who people have historically answered the question, “who is an Indian.” The role of place, land, and territoriality, and resistance to neoliberalism, figured prominently in a number of the papers to the extent that we concluded that both race and place should be our dual, framing concepts.

The original impetus for this project came from a very particular context of concern. My research in the Caribbean alerted me to the extent to which notions of “purity,” “blood,” and lately even DNA analysis came to figure prominently not just as ways of ascribing Indigenous identities, but also as means of claiming them in light of widespread, categorical assertions by colonial rulers and scholars that these peoples had vanished. To my surprise, similar politics of identity were being instituted in North America—indeed, the interest in DNA studies had spread from the U.S. to the Caribbean, and in North America as well I found a concern with blood, purity, and the stigma faced by “Black Indians” who were being rejected as claimants to Cherokee citizenship. In Canada, First Nations residents carry cards indicating what degree of Indigenous “blood” they possess. Also in Canada, I repeatedly hear Euro-Canadians refer to this or that Aboriginal figure as “not a real Indian…he looks white”. (I had encountered similar purist prejudices during my years in Australia, directed at some of the most prominent Aboriginal activists who, phenotypically and superficially appeared to be “mixed” if not “almost white”.) If race, blood, and DNA were so prevalent, could we find similar concerns spread out across all of the Americas? If so, why? If not, why not? Are race, blood, and DNA essentially the same thing? These were the very first, seemingly very simple questions that led to the emergence of this project.

Taking together all stages of this project, it included a total of as many as 21 scholars from across the Americas and from across the disciplines, only some of whom appear in this volume. In particular I would like to thank and acknowledge the advice, support, varying degrees of participation and interest, and correspondence of individuals who were involved at different stages of the project, including: Kimberly Tallbear, José Barreiro, Phil Bellfy, Marisol de la Cadena, Alice and Dennis Bartels, and the late Melissa Meyer who sadly for us passed away mid-way through the development of this project. We also benefited from the participation of Indigenous scholars, who comprised half the number of participants in the overall project. With an immense amount of research and writing taking place in the U.S., there was often a tendency to have greater American representation, more than Canadian, Latin American, and least of all, from the Caribbean. The result of this struggle, the constant revision and reinterpretation, we hope will offer some critical insights into the processes of making “race” out of (or against) Indigenous identity and the role of “place” in debates about Indigenous identity. The final product strikes some geographic balance, with two chapters on Canadian cases, two dealing with American Indians, two focused on Central America and the Caribbean, and two pertaining to South America.

What about DNA Testing?

The previous concern with DNA, represented by as many as four participants early on in the project, largely diminished and then vanished altogether, especially when we no longer had the same participants as in earlier stages of the project. This is not to say that DNA debates are absent in the volume as a whole, but rather that they no longer structure the volume as a leading focus, which in any case would be more relevant to the North American situation than elsewhere. Yet even that is not entirely accurate, as the use of DNA testing to determine Indigenous ancestry has traveled to Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and to my great surprise to the very community I studied for four years in Trinidad & Tobago, as the result of the work a team from the Molecular Anthropology lab at Pennsylvania State University and the National Geographic Genographic Project. In the past, similar studies have also been conducted among the Garifuna in Central America and recently in St. Vincent & the Grenadines, in the latter case again by the Penn State team.

Sidebar on U.S. "Science": DNA Testing for Indigeneity Comes to Trinidad
DNA testing comes in for severe questioning and criticism in the volume, and I would also add here to my public objections to the DNA research done in Trinidad. Aside from the more than just questionable merits of using genetics to prove cultural identities and political constructs such as tribal affiliations, I also pointed out that, "given the harvesting of biometric data by U.S. universities with research ties to the Pentagon, there is always the risk that this information could be put to uses of which the Caribs are unaware." Indeed, one of the researchers involved in the Trinidad DNA study, Jada Benn-Torres, from a military family, has conducted research in the field funded by the U.S. Department of Defense. I cannot see any reasonable purpose for conducting the study in Trinidad, as the local Carib community has been officially recognized for decades, and is not possessed by any self-doubts of their identity. Indeed, not all of the Caribs in Arima chose to participate in the study, which raises more questions about the extent to which those examined are representative of the community as a whole, and thus places in doubt even the basic scientific merits of the study. What has also not been made known is what is the ultimate purpose of the research, where the information is stored and for how long, and who has access to the database.

The Historical Importance of a Bad Question

The collaboration that produced this volume through much iteration has been focused on what is arguably one of the worst questions to be posed to or against Indigenous Peoples ("Who is an Indian?"), one that ultimately calls on them to give an account of themselves, for being who they are in the light of foreign invasions and occupations. It’s as if being who they are is a problem, and furthermore, it is a problem that they caused. Worse yet, they may not even be who they think they are.

As with all bad questions, one can expect to get a lot of bad answers. So why address such a question, going as far as making it the leading question of this project? The answer is simple: the question, however one may assess its epistemological qualities, is a politically important question (the most important perhaps), an institutionalized question, a governing question that structures people’s lives, their access to resources, and even their self-perceptions. It is also a key historical question, one that continues to be asked repeatedly, and one that will inevitably lose relevance. That this question has been raised across the Americas, in different forms (substituting, as the case may be, any number of cognate or tribal labels in the place of “Indian”), is due to a shared history of colonization and state-building and the dominance of European theories of citizenship, nationhood, race, and identity. Here we can start to look beyond the constraints and limitations of that question and in seeing past the constraints imposed today by states.

It was not the intention of the contributors of the volume to either advance academic expertise as the ultimate arbiter of Indigenous identities, to provide an easy-to-follow menu for “accurately determining” who is Indigenous, or to provide advice that caters to the functioning of government bureaucracies and their micro-management of Indigenous affairs. Our greater concern was with the politics that work to preserve the dominance of a “bad question,” a very “bad” and yet historically very important question: “Who is an Indian”? Our hope is that readers will come away from this effort with a determination to ask better questions—better in the sense of being more analytically productive and with implications that are more socially just and fair. Among the questions we would like to see posed are those that posit indigeneity as a historically specific type of relationality, that involve issues of power and affectivity, without searching for the elusive “one size fits all” solution. If, however, we overcame the stigmatization of being Indigenous only to then treat it as a category implying “privilege” and uniquely demanding “proof” of belonging, then we will not have gone far past the point of endorsing extinction.

Setting the Stage: Some Opening Quotes to Remember

“When they get off the boat, they didn’t recognize us. They said: ‘Who are you?’ And we said: ‘We’re the People, we’re the Human Beings,’ and they said: ‘Oh Indians,’ because they didn’t recognize what it meant to be a human being. ‘I’m a Human Being, this is the name of my tribe, this is the name of my people, but I’m a human being.’ But the predatory mentality shows up and starts calling us ‘Indians’ and committing genocide against us as a vehicle of erasing the memory of being a human being….Even in our own communities, how many of us are fighting to protect our identity of being an Indian, and 600 years ago that word, ‘Indian,’ that sound was never made in this hemisphere—that sound [‘Indian’], that noise, was never ever made! Ever. We’re trying to protect that as an identity, see, so it affects all of us”. —John Trudell, Lakota poet and activist. 
“It is one of the many ironies of the American experience that the invaders created the category of Indians, imposed it on the inhabitants of the New World, and have been trying to abolish it ever since”. —David Maybury-Lewis, co-founder of Cultural Survival. 
“There’s tremendous racism in Peru. In Lima, brown people, the descendants of Indigenous people, try to live as white as possible. That’s because of the influence of the media and government. If you embrace your Indian-ness, you’re shunned. You’re less than a third-class person. It’s an insult to call someone an Indian. It’s the equivalent of calling someone stupid”. —Benjamin Bratt, actor. 
“The question of my identity often comes up. I think I must be a mixed blood. I claim to be male, although only one of my parents is male”. 
—Jimmie Durham, Cherokee artist. “What does part Indian mean? (Which part?)….you don’t get 50% or 25% or 16% treatment when you experience racism—it is always l00%”. —Joane Cardinal-Schubert.


Preface, pages vii-ix

Introduction: “Who Is an Indian?” The Cultural Politics of a Bad Question, pages 3-51 Maximilian C. Forte (Concordia University, Sociology and Anthropology)

In this chapter I discuss the genesis, multiple meaning and historical applications of this "bad question," across the Americas. In the process I also defend the thesis that the Americas as a whole serve as the appropriate unit for analysis in understanding the colonial, "scientific," ideological, and (geo)political efforts to define Indigenous identities. While I outline how the racialization of indigeneity spread across imperial domains in the Americas, I also examine the centrality of place, of territoriality, and how place also intersects race. I discuss the emergence of "Indian" as a racial construct, and from there I proceed to build the larger theoretical and analytical narrative which the various chapters help to form. Who is the "real Indian" and issues of "race mixture" and the impact of slavery and the plantation system in North and South America and the Caribbean forms one level of analysis. Another has to do with kinship and science, with blood, DNA, and how these relate to ideas of "race purity." Going beyond "blood quantum" and race, I provide some context and the wider debate around the critically important contribution by Julia Coates in this volume, on the always timely issue of the Freedmen and the Cherokee Nation. Debates around self-identification, and tribal politics, progress toward a discussion of the many cases of "Indian non-Indians" and "Non-Indian Indians". Finally I end with an overview of the problems involved with "recognition", with some discussion of the geopolitics of recognition and then, pointing toward the Conclusion, looking beyond the politics of recognition.

Chapter One Inuitness and Territoriality in Canada, pages 53-70 Donna Patrick (Carleton University, Sociology and Anthropology and the School of Canadian Studies)

“The question of who counts as Aboriginal [in Canada],” explains Donna Patrick (this volume), “has long been linked to the question of who owns traditional Aboriginal lands”. Patrick’s chapter explores “the question of categorizing Indigeneity in Canada by examining the linguistic, political, and judicial processes associated with the notions of territory, ancestry, and belonging that shape Indigeneity today,” with a focus on the Inuit in Canada, situated within a broader analysis of Aboriginal identity in Canada. “Inuitness” in Canada, as Patrick tells us, followed a different trajectory from that of First Nations, in that the construction of Inuit identity has been guided not just by state policy but by Inuit attachments to both land and language. In Patrick’s chapter we learn that for the Inuit “the notion of ‘territoriality’ operates together with the notion of ancestry” in shaping the identities of Inuit living in urban centres of the Canadian South as much as those living in the Arctic. Donna Patrick observes that Indigenous ideas of identity in early colonial Canada “had little to do with race, biology, or ethnicity” and that Indigenous Peoples in fact demonstrated in practice that they were guided by a “notion of inclusivity” whose existence “has been supported by numerous accounts of Euro-American settlers and soldiers being accepted and adopted into First Nations groups”. While Patrick argues that we do not see in Canada a dominant discourse about the bio-politics of Indigenous identities to the same extent that we find in the U.S., she admits that a “‘covert’ or de facto blood quantum” has been part of policies governing Aboriginal, and in particular First Nations, peoples.

Chapter Two Federally-Unrecognized Indigenous Communities in Canadian Contexts, pages 71-91 Bonita Lawrence (York University, Equity Studies)

In her chapter Bonita Lawrence points out the cases of First Nations that span the Canada-U.S. border, where for example “the Passamaquoddy Nation of New Brunswick, or the Sinixt Nation, in British Columbia, have federal recognition in the United States but not in Canada,” which underscores the arbitrary, shifting, and inconsistent standards used by states to “appraise” indigeneity, as Lawrence argues. Bonita Lawrence explores identity issues among two federally-unrecognized groups—the Algonquins of Eastern Ontario and the Mi’kmaqs of Newfoundland—which have been the subject of her research for the last decade, providing a window into how the Canadian state produces unrecognized Aboriginals. As she explains, “most federally-unrecognized bands or nations are created by the nature of the treaty process itself,” while other bands are federally-unrecognized “because Canada has refused to honour historic relationships or has disregarded the traditional boundaries of Indigenous nations”. The primary means for such communities to gain federal recognition, to legally become Aboriginal again, is to assert Aboriginal title through the courts (if there is a treaty governing particular territory), or as Lawrence outlines in her chapter, “to take part in the comprehensive claims process if no treaty has been signed in the territory”. Otherwise, federally-unrecognized Indigenous peoples are “incorporated simply as ‘citizens’ within the wider nation-state dominated by settlers”.

Chapter Three The Canary in the Coalmine: What Sociology Can Learn from Ethnic Identity Debates among American Indians, pages 92-123 Eva Marie Garroutte (Boston College, Sociology) and C. Matthew Snipp (Stanford University, Sociology)

Eva Marie Garroutte and Matthew Snipp in their chapter in this volume titled, “The Canary in the Coalmine: What Sociology Can Learn from Ethnic Identity Debates among American Indians,” devote considerable attention to debating the racialization of indigeneity. As just one example of the kinds of interests vested in the non-recognition of “mixed” American Indians, Garroutte and Snipp point to Donald Trump: as a competitor against the newly recognized Pequots, and their plans to open a casino, he produced a definition of “who is an Indian” in phenotypical terms: “they don’t look like Indians to me. They don’t look like Indians to Indians,” injecting his racial bias by further calling them “Michael Jordan Indians”. This is useful in showing how ultimately one of the most common ways of assigning Indigenous identity in the Americas is focused on appearance, and where racial discourses prevail, a specific type of appearance: phenotype. Garroutte and Snipp  also discuss some of the additional, problematic conceptual issues raised by the quantification of identity, which can apply to both genetic testing and blood quantum. Quantification establishes distance as a prerequisite for measurement, “with the corollary that, at some point, individuals’ connection to American Indian forebears becomes exhausted”. Quantification of identity presupposes distance, and tends toward disappearance. It raises physical standards about ideational and subjective identities, even as it creates new subjectivities around the use of scientific resources. The right to measure involves a power to erase, just as the power to speak for Indigenous peoples, and to assign their identities, is the power to silence them, permanently. The two case studies at the focus of their chapter, the Mashantucket Pequots and Kennewick Man, make for highly engaging and illuminating reading.

Chapter Four “This Sovereignty Thing”: Nationality, Blood, and the Cherokee Resurgence, pages 124-150 Julia Coates (University of California Davis, Native American Studies)

Julia Coates strongly and productively challenges a number of prominent, published perspectives that have been critical of definitions of Cherokee identity by the Tribal Nation’s government. Coates argues that legal definitions are often overlooked in discussions of indigeneity, while race and culture gain greater attention. Yet, as she explains, many tribal governments in the U.S. regard legal definitions, not as artificially imposed from external colonizing institutions, but as internally achieved definitions of nationality and their sovereign statuses. While the Cherokee Nation’s lack of cultural requirements are frequently not understood by non-Indians and derided by other tribal nations, the Cherokee Nation has continued to assert that nationality derived from their specific history of tribal citizenship is a more inclusive category for contemporary times than race or cultural markers. This is almost a reversal of arguments criticizing the Tribal Nation’s exclusion of certain persons. Based on interviews with what Coates calls “a particularly challenging group of Cherokee nationals,” the 60 percent of the citizenry living outside the tribal core in northeastern Oklahoma, her chapter examines the potential of nationality as a basis for self-identification for those in the Cherokee diaspora, and the role the concept of citizen plays in the contemporary Cherokee resurgence. Coates points to problems with a debate that “focuses on identity construction as located in race, heritage, DNA, and cultural attributes and expressions” and that leave out law and sovereignty. She says that one reason why the cultural, racial, and ethnic aspects of identity may be the primary sites for investigation and discussion, for many Indigenous Peoples is the fact that many of them are not formally organized into nominally sovereign political entities with an internal jurisdiction. Speaking of academics, Coates suggest that one reason most academics seem to differ from tribal governments’ rigid determinations of citizenship, is that academics tend to be more inclusive in their view of who is an American Indian, not wanting to serve as identity police and imposing definitions of Indigenous identity on Natives. Her emphasis is on nationality as a potential for retention and resurgence (or what some call resilience), rather than simply acting as a colonialist mechanism of control and exclusion.

Chapter Five Locating Identity: The Role of Place in Costa Rican Chorotega Identity, pages 151-171 Karen Stocker (California State University, Anthropology)

Designating a special place as the locus of persons with an Indigenous identity can be a way for an assimilationist state, one that historically rejected the Indigenous presence as in the case of Costa Rica, to create the illusion that indigeneity is minimal and marginal. As Karen Stocker explains in her chapter in this volume, in Chorotega some residents of what later became the reservation opposed reservation status given their “tremendous resentment at being the only community in the region officially designated as Indigenous when the whole area had Indigenous roots, and aversion to the stigma attached to Indigenous identity in a country that often projected an image of whiteness and European heritage”. The Costa Rican government’s imposition of an Indigenous identity on residents of Chorotega was a convenient way of removing that label from everyone else who resided outside of that particular place, using the assigned indigeneity of some to reassure others of their Europeanness. Karen Stocker’s chapter, based on ethnographic research carried out between 1993 and 2007, addresses how various residents of the Chorotega reservation, those who live just outside the reservation, scholars, legal discourse, historical discourse, those who have resided or studied in other Costa Rican reservations and, more recently, the tourism industry have “defined Indigenous identity in contradictory ways, and in manners that have had varying consequences for those labeled as Chorotega in Costa Rica”. She addresses the history and impact of these multiple competing definitions. Stocker traces the ways in which “one set of customs has gone from Indigenous to non-Indigenous, national custom, and back again, as a result of the shifting of discourses around it”. Stocker spotlights what she finds to be “a common thread through all of these definitions and interpretations of indigeneity,” and that is “the role of place, and how the same concept that mired inhabitants of the Chorotega reservation in discrimination now serves to authenticate its practices”.

Chapter Six Carib Identity, Racial Politics, and the Problem of Indigenous Recognition in Trinidad and Tobago, pages 172-193 Maximilian C. Forte (Concordia University, Anthropology)

My own chapter in this volume, based on four years of ethnographic research and ethnohistoric research dating to early colonial times, shares some features similar to both those by Donna Patrick and Karen Stocker. On the one hand, the state’s recognition of only one single, organized Indigenous community in just one of Trinidad’s 16 former mission towns—the Santa Rosa Carib Community in Arima, on the island of Trinidad—makes it seem, however implausibly, that indigeneity was somehow contained and delimited (which instead reflects the state’s bias in how indigeneity ought to be controlled and secluded). On the other hand, in articulating their own indigenous identity, members of the Carib Community point to a multitude of factors, beyond but including race, to include a history of residence in Arima. The structure of this chapter follows three basic lines of argument: first, that the political economy of the British colony dictated and cemented racializations of identity. Second, the process of ascribing Indigenous identities to individuals was governed by the economic rights attached to residents of missions, rights which were cut off from any miscegenated offspring. There were thus political and economic interests vested in the non-recognition of Caribs, and race provided the most convenient justification—a justification that took the form of a narrative of extinction. Third, over a century later, while racial notions of identity persist, current Carib self-identifications stress indigeneity as a cultural heritage, an attachment to place, a body of practices, and recognition of ancestral ties that often circumvent explicitly racial schemes of self-definition. State recognition of the Caribs occurs within this historical and cultural context, and therefore imposes limits and conditions that simultaneously create new forms of non-recognition.

Chapter Seven Encountering Indigeneity: The International Funding of Indigeneity in Peru, pages 194-217 José Antonio Lucero (University of Washington, The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies)

As José Antonio Lucero explains in this volume, “blood” is already incorporated in national ideologies of race-mixture, and is not specific and particular enough to be used as part of the regimes of identifying the Indigenous. As Lucero adds, “in a region where ‘everyone’ has native blood, but not everyone is ‘Indian’ the social category and social fact of Indianness rely, necessarily, less on biology or blood than on the intersecting socio-cultural workings of politics, language, place, class, and gender”. More specifically, Lucero's chapter takes the work of Oxfam America as the focus of his case study, as it has been among “the earliest funders of Indigenous activism”. His chapter examines two different moments in the interactive process of legitimation between organizations such as Oxfam America and Indigenous political organizations in Peru, “as actors on both sides of the development encounter shape discourses over the meanings of development and indigeneity across local and global scales”. The “geopolitics of recognition” is what Lucero conceptualizes as regimes of indigeneity that span local, national and global scales. Lucero discusses how Indigenous people throughout the Americas (and beyond) have often found it inevitable, and sometimes useful, to engage a variety of legal, economic, and political systems. “Since the first contacts with missionaries,” he writes, “the state, and agents of global capital, Indigenous people have found that new systems of domination are not without points of entry within which they can contest the very terms of domination,” and in the present context, “the rising importance of non-state actors in the wake of aggressive neoliberal economic reforms (which shrank already weak states) provided an additional set of opportunities that Indigenous people have been able to use” (Lucero, this volume). However, one of the problems for Indigenous actors bound in relationships with external agencies is that the reconstruction of indigeneity that results is often Janus-faced, where “some discourses are for external consumption and have little to do with the lived ‘social fact’ of indigeneity at the local level”.

Chapter Eight The Color of Race: Indians and Progress in a Center-Left Brazil, pages 218-223 Jonathan Warren (University of Washington, International Studies, Chair of Latin American Studies)

Jonathan Warren begins by telling us that "since the 1990s a large number of Brazilian Indigenous communities have been federally recognized, successfully acquired land, established their own schools, and achieved a higher degree of autonomy and self-determination. Furthermore, anti-Indian violence is no longer condoned by the Brazilian government; racism has been officially acknowledged; race-cognizant government policies, such as affirmative action, have replaced race-neutral ones; and a number of antiracist commissions and initiatives have been established at federal, state and municipal levels. Finally, the first centre-left politicians in Brazilian history, Luiz Ignacio Lula da Silva (2003–2010) and Dilma Rousseff (2011–present), both of the Workers’ Party, have controlled the executive branch of government for almost a decade. Given these substantial changes, one could be forgiven for expecting a positive report on the state of Indigenous affairs in contemporary Brazil. Unfortunately, the outlook is rather dim. Perhaps most surprising is that many of the culprits are from the centre-left, namely the Workers’ Party, social scientists, and sectors of the movimento negro". Jonathan Warren’s chapter reveals to us that in Brazil, the racial question, and thus conceptions of antiracism—like much of “critical race studies,” he adds—simply removes the Indian from analysis, as if Indian subjectivities were entirely irrelevant. A key example of how this has occurred in critical race studies comes from Howard Winant’s very own analysis of racism in Brazil, which singles out Africans. This is odd, as Warren finds, given that as many as a third of Brazilians have some Indian ancestry. As Warren explains in this volume, Brazilian Indians are removed from the racial question in Brazil: “race is reduced to a question of blackness”. Indeed, throughout Latin America, Warren sees that Indigenous peoples are “not considered germane to race matters,” and quoting Peter Wade he adds: “the virtually unquestioned assumptions [prevails] that the study of blacks is one of racism and race relations, while the study of Indians is that of ethnicity and ethnic groups”. Warren also shows that phenotype is present in Brazilian estimations of “authentic” and “real” Indigenous identities, with those who have African and European features routinely dismissed as “racial charlatans,” in ways that echo experiences both in the U.S. and the Caribbean. Warren’s chapter is critical to this volume’s contention that race is a problem that needs to be studied in connection with indigeneity, not apart from it. His argument is critical not only for developing critical race studies, but also for political practice: the antiracist movement in Brazil cannot be just a Black movement.

ConclusionSeeing Beyond the State and Thinking beyond the State of Sight, pages 234-241 Maximilian C. Forte (Concordia University, Sociology and Anthropology)

Rather than restating or summarizing the contents of this volume, the Conclusion helps to sketch some of the ways in which critical Indigenous perspectives have sought to develop alternative ideas and practices of indigeneity and indigenization. In a hemisphere which sees, in most cases, Indigenous Peoples moving to cities, and an increased decoupling of indigeneity and territoriality, along with the incursion of the industrialization of ethnic ascription--the commerce in genetic identities--these issues become especially important. The volume closes with a sharp reminder of why "Who is an Indian?" is a bad question that produces even worse answers, and what our task as intellectuals ought to be when confronted with such questions.

Contributors, pages 243-246
Index, pages 247-254

A Little About the Contributors

Julia M. Coates (Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah, Oklahoma) is presently at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her title is Senior Writer/ Oral Interviewer in American Indian History for the Center for Oral History Research of the Charles Young Research Library. At the time of writing she was an assistant professor in the Department of Native American Studies at the University of California, Davis. Her research interests cover Native American diasporas, history, identity, women, and politics. She has conducted participant-observation fieldwork with hundreds of Cherokee citizens in California, Texas, and New Mexico. Coates also helped to form numerous Cherokee community organizations throughout California and in other states. For over six years, she was the project director and lead instructor for the award-winning Cherokee Nation history course, which brought her into personal contact with most of the employees of the Cherokee Nation, along with thousands of Cherokees in northeastern Oklahoma communities and throughout the country. She also serves on the Tribal Council of the Cherokee Nation as its “At Large” representative. At UC Davis she teaches the Introduction to Native American Studies as well as classes on race, women, development and history within Native America.

Eva Marie Garroutte (Cherokee Nation) is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Boston College. She has a background of research and publication related to the study of Native American issues, health and aging, racial/ethnic identity, and religion. She is the author of the influential book Real Indians: Identity and the Survival of Native America (University of California Press) and various articles in sociological and health-related journals. In collaboration with Cherokee Nation Health Services, she has conducted a series of research projects funded by the National Institute on Aging to examine medical communication needs among American Indian elders using tribal clinics. Her current service on editorial advisory boards includes the Journal of Native Aging and Health, American Indian Quarterly, and the University of Arizona Press series Critical Issues in Indigenous Studies. She is a past Area Commissioner of Indian Affairs in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Bonita Lawrence (Mi’kmaw) is an associate professor at the School of Social Sciences of the Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies at York University in Toronto, Canada, where she teaches Indigenous Studies and anti-racism. Her research and publications have focused primarily on urban, non-status, and Métis identities, federally unrecognized Aboriginal communities, and Indigenous justice. She is the author of “Real” Indians and Others: Mixed-Blood Urban Native People and Indigenous Nationhood (UBC Press), and co-editor of Strong Women’s Stories: Native Vision and Community Survival, a collection of Native women’s scholarly and activist writing (Sumach Press). She is a traditional singer who sings with groups in Kingston and Toronto at Native social and political gatherings.

José Antonio Lucero is an assistant professor in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is the author of Struggles of Voice: The Politics of Indigenous Representation in the Andes (University of Pittsburgh Press) and the editor of Beyond the Lost Decade: Indigenous Movements, Democracy, and Development in Latin America (Princeton University Program in Latin American Studies). He teaches courses on government, politics, and social movements in Latin America, among others. His research interests focus on comparative politics, Latin American politics, democratization, social movements, and the politics of race and ethnicity.

Donna Patrick is professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the School of Canadian Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Her current SSHRC-funded research focuses on multiliteracies, identity, and community-building among urban Inuit in Ottawa. Her other interests lie in the broader area of Indigeneity and urban Aboriginality in Canada, as well as in the political, social, and cultural aspects of language use, with a focus on language endangerment discourse and Aboriginal languages in Canada. Her 2003 book, Language Politics and Social Interaction in an Inuit Community (Mouton de Gruyter), examines these issues in Arctic Quebec. She teaches courses in language, culture, and power and in Aboriginal and northern issues, with a focus on the Arctic. In teaching and research, Donna approaches the study of Aboriginal issues, language, and discourse through an interdisciplinary lens, focusing on historical, geographical, and social processes.

C. Matthew Snipp is a professor in the Department of Sociology at Stanford University where, among other positions, he has been the director of the Center for Comparative Studies of Race and Ethnicity. He teaches courses in contemporary and historical American Indian Studies as well as rural sociology. He is the author of American Indians: The First of the Land (The Russell Sage Foundation, New York), which was selected as an academic book of the year by CHOICE.

Karen Stocker is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at California State University, Fullerton. She is a scholar of applied anthropology with interests in education, the social constructions of race and ethnicity, language, and Latin American ethnography. She is the author of “I Won’t Stay Indian, I’ll Keep Studying”: Race, Place and Discrimination in a Costa Rican High School (Colorado University Press).

Jonathan W. Warren is an associate professor in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he is also the director of the Latin American and Caribbean Contributors Studies Program. Within the broad area of critical race studies he has focused on Whiteness, racism literacy, racial identity formations, and the links between everyday practices and racism in the U.S. and Brazil. He is the author of the highly regarded book Racial Revolutions: Antiracism and Indian Resurgence in Brazil (Duke University Press).

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          Clock Cards Growing Need for Time Clock Software        
There are different ways how we can monitor and control the schedules of our employees. An old and popular way of doing this is the punch clock or what is commonly called the time clock. This system uses a paper that must be punched in the system or tool that the employee uses to log in and out the company.

A more modern clock for others is the employment of electronic cards that are swiped in a computer. Some companies even use a biometric fingerprint clock, which are scanned.

When it comes to deciding which time clock system to manage, it is preferable to consider and take a good look the demands and needs of your business. Another good thing to check is the size of your organization and can actually provide an effective and efficient means of tracking hourly clockings of employees. Undoubtedly, it is important to implement a process that is precise and reliable for enterprise use.

With the advancement and the growing concern for the clocking system, a number of companies are now resorting to using a time clock software system. It is a program that must be installed in the computer. What is the employee must do is simply access this program and log in and use their individual passwords assigned.

Attendance and hours clocked in by employees are processed and are consolidated by the daily time clock software. This eliminates the hassle of manual entering the information since the process is now made automated, and human error as a result of manual processing and registration is eliminated. The reports can also be generated in real time using this software.

Indeed, a daily time clock software offers a better and more structured approach to payroll management.

Legacy systems with clocking in cards can be just as effective, however in companies that do not need the complexity of large electronic systems

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          HID Global director of government relations elected TechAmerica identity management committee chair        

IRVINE, Calif.—HID Global, a provider of solutions for the delivery of secure identity, on Jan. 6 announced that the company’s director of government relations, Kathleen Carroll, has been elected chair of TechAmerica’s identity management committee. Carroll has been vice chair of the committee for the past two years, and will now serve as chair through 2012.

TechAmerica’s identity management committee provides the industry with a forum for working with federal and state governments to develop identity authentication and verification best practices, and also promotes the use of technology to increase the security of identity management systems.  The group focuses on a variety of issues including the Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD)-12, health identity authentication, biometrics, the Real ID Act, RFID, and federated identity and government credentialing programs, and also hosts an annual ID management policy conference and monthly ID management breakfast briefings.

The Dish [official site/trailer] is the thoroughly charming, (mostly) true story of the crew at Australia's Parkes Observatory and their unique role in relaying telemetry, biometrics and -- most importantly for posterity -- television pictures from the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission. [more inside]
          End Biometric Border Screening        

This blog post was first published in The Hill on July 18, 2017.

This summer, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is expanding its program of subjecting U.S. and foreign citizens to facial recognition screening at international airports. This indiscriminate biometric surveillance program threatens the personal privacy of millions of travelers. DHS should end it.

The history of this program is a case study in mission creep. In 1996, Congress authorized automated tracking of foreign citizens as they enter and exit the U.S. In 2004, DHS began biometric screening of foreign citizens upon arrival. In 2016, DHS launched a pilot program of facial recognition screening of all travelers, U.S. and foreign citizens alike, on a daily international flight out of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport. In March 2017, President Trump’s revised travel ban ordered DHS to expedite the completion of biometric entry-exit screening of foreign citizens. Today, facial recognition screening is underway for all travelers on certain international flights out of two more pilot sites: Washington’s Dulles airport and Houston’s Bush airport. Later this summer, DHS will expand this program to five more international airports.

To be clear—what began as DHS’s biometric travel screening of foreign citizens morphed, without congressional authorization, into screening of U.S. citizens, too. In the words of DHS’s recent testimony to Congress: “U.S. citizens are not exempted from this process.” Privacy advocates have long opposed biometric screening of immigrants. Now we also oppose the expansion of biometric border screening to cover U.S. citizens.

For many reasons, DHS should end its ever-growing biometric border screening program.

First, facial recognition is a unique threat to our privacy. Most of us display our faces wherever we go. Cameras are increasingly accurate at great distances. Facial recognition algorithms are increasingly powerful. Computer systems are increasingly interoperable. Thus, for example, an easy-to-use Russian mobile app called FindFace allows strangers to identify each other by using facial recognition to link an ordinary phone camera to a popular social networking site. If identity thieves or stalkers target us, we can change our credit card numbers and even our names, but we cannot change our faces.

Second, facial recognition has significant accuracy problems. Thus, many international travelers will be unjustly delayed and scrutinized, and scarce law enforcement resources will be wasted, due to the inevitable errors of government biometric screening systems. Worse, facial recognition error rates are even higher for African-American travelers than for white travelers, perhaps because people of color are underrepresented in algorithmic training data. So the DHS program will have an inevitable racial disparate impact.

Third, data thieves might steal DHS’s biometric information. In the infamous 2015 data breach of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, hackers absconded with the fingerprints of over five million people. As part of its border screening, DHS plans to retain the biometric information of U.S. citizens for as long as two weeks. DHS does not rule out keeping this sensitive information even longer. DHS retains the biometric information of foreign citizens for many years. DHS processes more than 300,000 international air travelers every day. Their biometric information will be an enticing target for data thieves.

Fourth, government employees might misuse DHS’s reservoir of biometric data. NSA and police officials alike (usually male) have abused sensitive government databases to acquire information about people (usually female) that they are romantically interested in.

Fifth, DHS might share with other government agencies the biometric information it seizes from travelers. Many government agencies share their biometric data with each other. For example, the FBI’s facial recognition system has access to more than 400 million photos held by other agencies (in addition to the FBI’s own repository of 30 million photos). Likewise, half of all adult U.S. drivers live in states whose motor vehicles agencies share their license photos with police facial recognition systems, according to a 2016 study by the Georgetown Law Center on Privacy and Technology. DHS’s biometric border screening system is part of this larger web of government biometric surveillance. If DHS shares its biometric data, the photographs of millions of innocent travelers could wind up in criminal justice databases.

Sixth, DHS might expand the ways it uses its biometric screening system. Today, DHS uses it to enforce immigration laws and ensure traveler identity. Tomorrow, DHS could try to use it to identify travelers who are wanted on outstanding warrants. Police warrant databases are riddled with error. And they include many people sought for traffic infractions and other minor offenses, which should not impede anyone from flying to a family event or a work opportunity.

DHS recently took the alarming position that “the only way for an individual to ensure he or she is not subject to collection of biometric information when traveling internationally is to refrain from traveling.” But our government should not try to force us to abandon one of our human rights (biometric privacy) in order to enjoy another (travel).

It gets worse. DHS is now exploring how to subject U.S. and foreign citizens to biometric airport screening not just for international departures, but also for international arrivals and even for domestic flights, according to a recent article in The Verge. A DHS executive explained: “Why not look to drive the innovation across the entire airport experience? . . . We want to make it available for every transaction in the airport where you have to show an ID today.”

Far from expanding its system of biometric border screening, DHS should end it. At a minimum, DHS must publish clear policies to ensure that any such screening is a knowing and voluntary opt-in choice, and that border agents do not coerce or trick any traveler into surrendering their biometric privacy.

          EFF to Minnesota Supreme Court: Sheriff Must Release Emails Documenting Biometric Technology Use        

A Minnesota sheriff’s office must release emails showing how it uses biometric technology so that the community can understand how invasive it is, EFF argued in a brief filed in the Minnesota Supreme Court on Friday.

The case, Webster v. Hennepin County, concerns a particularly egregious failure to respond to a public records request that an individual filed as part of a 2015 EFF and MuckRock campaign to track biometric technology use by law enforcement across the country.

EFF has filed two briefs in support of web engineer and public records researcher Tony Webster’s request, with the latest brief [.pdf] arguing that agencies must provide information contained in emails to help the public understand how a local sheriff uses biometric technology. The ACLU of Minnesota joined EFF on the brief.

As we write in the brief:

This case is not about whether or how the government may collect biometric data and develop and domestically deploy information-retrieval technology as a potential sword against the general public. That is just one debate we must have, but critical to it and all public debates is that it be informed by public [records]

The case began when Webster filed a request based on EFF’s letter template with Hennepin County, a jurisdiction that includes Minneapolis, host city of the 2018 Super Bowl.  He sought emails, contracts, and other records related to the use of technology that can scan and recognize fingerprints, faces, irises, and other forms of biometrics.

After the county basically ignored the request, Webster sued. An administrative law judge ruled in 2015 that the county had violated the state’s public records law both because it failed to provide documents to Webster and because it did not have systems in place to quickly search and disclose electronic records.

An intermediate appellate court ruled in 2016 that the county had to turn over the records Webster sought, but it reversed the lower court’s ruling that the county did not have adequate procedures in place to respond to public records requests.

Both Webster and the county appealed the ruling to the Minnesota Supreme Court. In its appeal, the county argues that public records requesters create undue burden on agencies when they specify that they search for particular key words or search terms.

EFF’s brief in support of Webster points out the flaws in the county’s search term argument. Having requesters identify specific search terms for documents they seek helps agencies conduct better searches for records while narrowing the scope of the request. This ultimately reduces the burden on agencies and leads to records being released more quickly.

EFF would like to thank attorneys Timothy Griffin and Thomas Burman of Stinson Leonard Street LLP for drafting the brief and serving as local counsel.

          Biometric Banking Solution From Fulcrum and Redsis Deployed in South America        

Redsis Corporation Chooses Fulcrum Biometrics for International Banking Solution Redsis Corporation has teamed with Fulcrum Biometrics to successfully deploy a biometric-enabled international banking application that uses FS88 FBI IAFIS certified fingerprint scanners from Futronic Technology Co. Ltd. Fulcrum Biometrics, a leading international manufacturer, distributor and integrator of biometric systems and devices, has announced that its […]

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          Ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge Upgrading Biometrics to Lumidigm’s Fingerprint Readers        

Needed More Secure and Intuitive Solution than Previous Biometric Could Deliver Lumidigm has announced that Alfapass, the provider of the security smart card system at the Ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge in Belgium, is replacing the older biometric system at the ports’ registration stations with Lumidigm V-Series multispectral imaging fingerprint readers. The Port of Antwerp […]

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          FbF LiveScan for Defense Industry Applicant ID introduced by Fulcrum Biometrics        

The availability of FbF® Live Scan Biometrics was announced by Fulcrum Biometrics, a leading international provider, distributor and integrator of biometric systems and devices. The FBI has certified that FbF LiveScan meets specifications listed in the Electronic Biometric Transmission Specification (EBTS) 9.3 Appendix F Live Scan Specifications of the FBI’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems […]

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          Comment on Engineers turn everyday objects into FM radio stations – singing posters and talking shirts by #android #biometric #devices #elasticsearch #fda #fmradio #healthcare #iphone8 #kibana #nonazis #privacy - domain crannies        
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          CyberCalifornia Launch        

As we have seen in recent news headlines, security breaches can bring entire organizations, states and countries to their knees. In today's connected world, making security a top priority is no longer a choice - it's a must. As public and private organizations continue to operate within this new era of the Internet, security will become critical to maintaining trust with the public, building company reputation, as well as safeguarding data, IP and critical infrastructure.

California is at the center of the digital revolution that is shaping the world around us. Already a national center of commercial cybersecurity activities, California is home to companies building the cybersecurity products and solutions that are securing commercial businesses, academic institutions and governmental organizations across the globe.

In an effort to help advance the goals and promote the accomplishments of the Governor's Cybersecurity Task Force, CyberTECH, among other state and local leaders, recently launch CyberCalifornia.

CyberCalifornia will organize public-private partnerships in cybersecurity, with the goals of facilitating research and innovation in cybersecurity, educating California businesses about cybersecurity needs and resources, and connecting California's robust workforce development system with the needs of California employers.

Led by its Board of Advisors, CyberCalifornia activities include:
Assisting in the organization of private sector advisory groups by vertical industry such as banking and finance, high technology, agriculture, etc.
Assisting in the development and promotion of cybersecurity career pathways
Partnering with local and regional economic development organizations to inform California's small business community about cybersecurity needs and solutions
Establishing connections between the cybersecurity and Internet of Things sectors through activities such as conferences and media events

To learn more about CyberCalifornia, please contact

Darin Andersen, CEO, CyberUnited, Co-Chair, CyberTECH, Co-Chair, Economic Development Subcommittee, California Cybersecurity Task Force

"CyberCalifornia: Cybersecurity and IoT Gold Rush"

Recently, CyberTECH helped launch CyberCalifornia with other State and local leaders. The initiative is organized in conjunction with the Innovative Hub (iHub) Network, a program administered by the State Office of Economic Development and in partnership with Governor Brown's Cybersecurity Task Force.

Jerry Brown, Governor of California

CyberCalifornia will organize public-private partnerships in cybersecurity to better protect California's critical infrastructure, businesses and citizens from cyber threats, facilitate research and innovation in cybersecurity, educate California businesses about cybersecurity needs and resources, and connect California's robust workforce development system with the needs of California employers.

Center of Cybersecurity and Internet of Things Excellence (CCIoTE)
California is home to the personal computer, the firewall, anti-virus and many other cybersecurity products. Today, California companies are at the forefront of new technologies ushering in the Internet of Things (IoT), the term for the phenomenon where people and things are connected to the Internet, leveraging sensors and real time analytics and cloud technologies.

California's leadership role in advanced technology sectors including autonomous vehicles, biotechnology, precision in medicine and advanced manufacturing, will contribute to the State's continued excellence in cybersecurity and privacy. The powerful combination of cyber and the emergence of these innovative intensive sectors make California the perfect place to build secure next generation technologies.

California has a rapidly growing information technology industry cluster and offers the full spectrum of cybersecurity capabilities. Our Golden State has tremendous assets to keep our Country safe, advance innovation with security and privacy built in and be a beacon for other States in our Nation to follow.

Charles "Chuck" Brooks, Vice President, Government Relations and Marketing, Sutherland Global Services

"Adopting a Cooperative Global Cyber Security Framework to Mitigate Cyber Threats (Before it is too Late)"
The recent OPM cyber breach at the U.S. Government's Office of Personnel Management (OPM) provided a wakeup call to the seriousness and sophistication of the cyber security threat aimed at both the public and private sectors. The fact is that over 43% of companies had breaches last year (including mega companies such as Home Depot, JPMorgan, and Target). Moreover, the intrusion threats are not diminishing. For example, British Petroleum (BP) faces 50,000 attempts at cyber intrusion every day.

According to the think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), cyber related crime now costs the global economy about $445 billion every year. These cyber security breaches demonstrate that there is a continued need for protocols and enhanced collaboration between government and industry.

In 2014 code vulnerabilities such as Heartbleed, Shellshock, Wirelurker, POODLE and other open source repositories caused chaos and harm. The cyber security community responded to those vulnerabilities with "react and patch." Unfortunately, this means of response has been for the most part, a cosmetic or band aid approach.

The cyber security community's posture must change to one of wait and react to that of being proactive and holistic. It is not really a question of which policies, processes and technologies are ready and best, that will always be debatable. Being proactive means adopting a working Industry and Government Global Cyber Security Framework that would include measures for encryption, authentication, biometrics, analytics, automated network security, and a whole host of other topics related to cyber threats.


LIFARS, Featured CyberTECH Member

LIFARS is a digital forensics and cybersecurity intelligence firm based in New York City. With its history of investigating cybersecurity breaches across a number of industries, LIFARS is uniquely positioned to help increase cybersecurity posture to protect organizations and individuals from real-life hackers and advanced persistent threat actors. By bringing in LIFARS, you can maximize your existing investment into the cybersecurity infrastructure and make sure that your future investments are strategically placed – delivering maximum protection while preserving the productivity of your employees. For these and other reasons, LIFARS was recently ranked as the #2 cybersecurity company in New York Metro area on the Cybersecurity 500 list.


In addition to providing robust security solutions based on best practices and personal hands-on experiences, LIFARS continuously explores the latest innovations in the cybersecurity field and always seeks to find what is shaping tomorrow's industry landscape. In a recent interview with Founder and CTO of LIFARS, Ondrej Krehel, and LIFARS' Digital Forensic Examiner, Paul Kubler, they discussed strategies and policies for cybersecurity in the world today, including common mistakes and how to make them right.


NXT Robotics is a San Diego-based company that designs and builds service robots to support the increasing needs of the hospitality industry. NXT Robotics' service robot platforms are able to provide delivery, security and guest-related services to customers - all while maintaining a consistent and high degree of quality.

The company's founder, Jeff Debrosse has over 20 years of software engineering, cybersecurity R&D and enterprise product management and deployment experience. "This is an exciting time for NXT Robotics," said Jeff. "With access to the CyberTECH community and its resources, our success is further guaranteed."

The company will be providing CyberTECH's incubator and shared workspace offices, CyberHive and iHive, with its own Nixie. "Your team, tenants and guests will find Nixie to be amazingly pleasant to deal with - not to mention, very useful!" Jeff stated.

"NXT Robotics understands the importance of making cyber part of the foundation. We are thrilled to have NXT Robotics join CyberTECH as a member and look forward to working closely with Jeff and his team." said CyberTECH Co-Chair and Founder, Darin Andersen.

We are proud to recognize NXT Robotics as a featured CyberTECH Member for July 2015.


Bird Rock Systems, Featured CyberTECH Member
Bird Rock Systems is a company that has been built on a foundation of exceptional customer service, technology and long-term partnership. Bird Rock Systems excels at deploying the latest enterprise class technologies including: security, routing, switching, traffic management, WAN acceleration, wireless, IP communications, storage area networking, performance computing and virtualization. Bird Rock typically begins a new client engagement by completing a network or security assessment. Their many loyal customers represent enterprise business, casino, university, Fortune 500 and government organizations requiring 'Best in Class' secure technical solutions.


iWebGate, Featured CyberTECH Member
Founded in Australia in 2004 with global corporate operations in North America, iWebGate has pioneered a new form of virtualization technology - the Virtualization of Network Services. iWebGate's LaunchPad allows organizations to properly and securely segment networks, connectivity and devices, eliminating the need for Firewalls and VPNs as primary security and connectivity solutions. By deploying the iWebGate Workspace Suite, organizations can then integrate security and business applications into the iWebGate LaunchPad transforming them from "enterprise friendly" products into "enterprise ready" solutions. The result is faster, more secure and reliable access to networks and network services.


San Diego Venture Group Selects Fhoosh as a 2015 Cool Company
Cybersecurity software development firm FHOOSH, Inc. has been chosen as a "Cool Company" by the San Diego Venture Group (SDVG) for a second year. One of 31 Cool Companies selected this year from over 160 applicants, FHOOSH continues to represent the leading edge of San Diego-area tech innovation.

FHOOSH helps corporations, institutions and government organizations protect and power valuable stored digital information with its cybersecurity platform and productivity software. FHOOSH bankLevel+ cybersecurity safeguards an organization's critical business and customer data from cyber threats by storing it in a state that is useless to hackers. It does this approximately five times faster than storing data unencrypted, with technology that breaks apart, disassociates, separately encrypts, and then disperses the data. The system also quickly notifies network administrators when unauthorized individuals try to access FHOOSH-protected databases, object stores and file systems. FHOOSH implements with existing infrastructure and allows corporate partners to dial in the security, big data/analytics and performance they need. With 15 patents pending, FHOOSH technology has been validated by the foremost cybersecurity response and assessment firm.


Maggey Felix, Featured CyberTECH Advisor

Maggey Felix specializes in Marketing and Operations with 5+ years of experience in the technology and cybersecurity industry. Her passion for cybersecurity and cutting-edge technologies is shown through her dedication to helping companies better prepare, organize and market their solutions.

Over the past two years, Maggey has worked closely with the CyberTECH organization to support various marketing and operational activities. Her ongoing effort and commitment to CyberTECH makes Maggey an invaluable member of the community.

We are proud to recognize Maggey Felix as the featured CyberTECH Advisor for July 2015.

Julia Scholl, CyberTECH Director of Marketing and Operations

Julia Scholl is a strategic and forward-thinking public relations and marketing professional with over five years of experience working with non-profit and startup organizations. A capable self-starter with excellent organizational and communication skills, Julia is passionate about building and fostering lasting relationships within the CyberTECH community.

As Marketing and Operations Director, Julia will assist with daily operations, provide membership support as well as ongoing support with events, programs, and all other CyberTECH initiatives.

We are excited to welcome Julia to CyberTECH. Please feel free to contact Julia directly at

Jessica Herrmann, CyberTECH Events Coordinator

Jessica Herrmann has over 20 years of experience applying key leadership, communication and problem solving skills within the hospitality industry. As Catering and Events Manager, Jessica has worked with a number of organizations to develop, manage and execute top quality events.

Jessica recently joined CyberTECH as Events Coordinator where she will help with the planning, organization, preparation and execution of CyberTECH events.

Please join us in formally welcoming Jessica to the CyberTECH community.

Upcoming Events
Internet of Things (IoT) Meetup - September 17, 2015

SAM Fest (Startups + Art + Music) - September 23-24, 2015

IoT Startup Table Breakfast - October 13, 2015

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          Defence in Depth. Fully Redundant. Unstoppable Service.        
IndiviCare 4 is deployed in two state-of-the-art, $100M+ data centres: The solution is fault tolerant and hardened against physical and cyber attacks. Our defence in depth technology includes Denial of Service protection, Intrusion Detection, Intrusion Prevention, Content Filtering, Anti-Malware, Anti-Phishing, plus Multi-Factor Biometric and Multi-Ringed physical security with 24/7 guards. Each data centre is independently powered
          Finally a Place Where You Never Have to Say I’m Sorry is Not Just a Slogan!        

The gym hopes to eliminate that stigma. Their slogan is, “Finally a place where you never have to say ‘I’m sorry’.” Green said, “It’s just nice to be in a place where he can be himself. Where he can yell, and he can jump and he can climb.” The gym has 31 locations in 10 … Continue reading Finally a Place Where You Never Have to Say I’m Sorry is Not Just a Slogan!

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          Future Tense Newsletter: How Facebook Is Coming to Terms With Its Political Influence        

Greetings, Future Tensers,

Nine months since the U.S. presidential election, Facebook is still in the early stages of coming to terms with its political influence. As part of its ambitions to create a platform that goes beyond connecting friends and family, it has unveiled new features aimed at connecting government representatives to the citizens they’re elected to serve. But Faine Greenwood questions whether we can trust a social media network’s attempts to better our representative government. She writes, “Not only is it unclear whether these tools will actually foster meaningful engagement, it’s also questionable whether private companies like Facebook—even if they’re well-meaning—should be trusted to keep democracies’ best interests at heart.”

Relatedly, Will Oremus took stock of Facebook’s most recent attempts to combat fake news—a major problem during the presidential campaign, of course. He points out that the company no longer uses the term “fake news” in press releases. Facebook has also launched a “Related Articles” feature to the news feed as a way to give users “easier access to additional perspectives and information, including articles by third-party fact checkers.”

While Facebook wants to bring some tech to government, government was thinking about tech this past week. The Senate is considering (surprisingly) sensible security legislation for internet of things devices. In more concerning news, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement is investigating the potential to use predictive policing technology—which critics say depends on biased data—in its new “extreme vetting” program.

Other things we read this week while trying to figure out why our stash of bitcoin doubled last week:

  • Coding boot camps: Although coding boot camps were supposed to be the next big thing in higher education, the recent closures of two high-profile camps reveals the industry is struggling to find a sustainable business model.
  • Wacky neural networks: Jacob Brogan talks with Janelle Shane about how (and why) she teaches neural networks to name craft beers and come up with knock-knock jokes.
  • Paper technology: Rachel Adler chronicles how improvements made to the printing press and the manufacturing of paper contributed to major societal changes in the 19th century and heralded the beginnings of mass media.
  • Sex-trafficking bill: Members of Congress have introduced a bill that would make it easier to punish online service providers when criminals use their services for sex trafficking. But Mike Godwin says that the bill, as currently written, could threaten internet freedom and innovation.
  • Religious apps: Aneesa Bodiat explores the benefits and pitfalls of using new technology to satisfy spiritual and religious needs.

Un-tagging myself,
Emily Fritcke
For Future Tense

Future Tense is a partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University.

          Facebook Is Using an “NRA Approach” to Defend Its Creepy Facial Recognition Programs        

There’s a court case in Illinois that challenges Facebook’s collection of biometric data without users’ permission, and the social media giant is fighting tooth and nail to defend itself.

Carlos Licata, one of the plaintiffs on the case, sued Facebook in 2015 under a unique Illinois law, the Biometric Information Privacy Act, which says that no private company can collect or store a person’s biometric information without prior notification and consent. If companies do collect data without giving notice and getting permission, citizens are allowed to sue.

That case is expected to progress this year, according to the Chicago Tribune, and if the court sides with the plaintiffs, it could challenge Facebook’s entire business model—and it could have huge ramifications for other data-driven Silicon Valley powerhouses, like Google and Amazon.

Facebook has been trying to fight the Illinois law for years, and the company has quietly worked to kill numerous other similar state laws that have popped up in around the country, according to a detailed report released Monday by the Center for Public Integrity. In 2017 alone, at least five states—Washington, Montana, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Alaska—have considered consumer protection laws about facial recognition. Only Washington’s passed, and it is watered down considerably when compared to the Illinois law. It holds that companies have to get permission before handing the data over to a third party and doesn’t allow people to sue companies directly if the law is violated. The law also has a loophole exemption for biometric data gathered from photographs or video, which almost defeats the purpose. Facebook now counts 2 billion monthly users, and roughly 350 million photos are uploaded to the site every day. The company’s research suggests that Facebook holds “the largest facial dataset to date”—powered by DeepFace, Facebook’s deep learning facial recognition system.

Even if Facebook never sells its biometric data troves and keeps them locked in encrypted storage, the company still stands to turn big profits, as businesses look to tailor ads to specific customers based on their mood, age, eye gaze, or other personal attributes that could indicate a propensity to buy.

Facebook has innovated heavily in this space. It’s worked on a feature that can identify a user even if her face is hidden, drawing from other potentially unique identifiers, like body shape, hair, posture, and clothing. The Center for Public Integrity also found that Facebook has patented technologies that can deliver ads based on a person’s perceived emotions.

Retail shops are already using facial recognition to find repeat customers or identify shoplifters, while the FBI’s face recognition database is said to have access to more than 400 million images. In fact, about half of all American adults are in at least one law enforcement facial recognition data base, according to research from Georgetown Law. On Tuesday, the New York Times reported that Customs and Border Protection officers have started to scan people’s faces at airports to track people overstaying their visas.

Facebook has taken an aggressive approach to fighting state biometric privacy laws. The company does most of its lobbying legwork by way of industry groups, like the Internet Association and CompTIA. (Those groups also count companies like AT&T, Amazon, and Google as members.) Still, Facebook has increased its own lobbying fund five times since it started pushing for federal policy around 2011. Back then it spent $1.4 million on lobbying, but that number has ballooned to $8.7 million in 2016, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. And this year, Facebook reportedly hired a lobbyist specifically to grapple with legal issues in Illinois.

Washington state Rep. Jeff Morris told the Center for Public Integrity that Facebook’s representative lobbied “ferociously” there. And one of the attorneys who helped to write Montana’s biometric privacy bill, which was killed, said that lawyers and representatives from the tech industry swarmed the state when it was introduced.

Facebook and other data-dependent tech companies are taking what Morris called an “NRA approach” to policy change. “They basically say, ‘You’ll take our innovation out of our cold, dead hands,’ ” he said in the report.

And Facebook users should pay attention: When you tag a friend in a photo, that’s feeding a massive facial recognition dataset. There’s no telling how your biometric data could be used to target ads, locate, or track you or your friends and family in the future. But one thing is certain: it will be a lot harder to leave the house unnoticed.

          Future Tense Newsletter: Gay Dating Apps Create Connections Beyond the Bedroom        

With tens of millions of users in some 200 countries, it’s hard to overstate the reach of dating apps for gay and bisexual men. Now, these apps are starting to reach beyond their hookup origins to offer their users new ways to explore their identities and forge connections. Apps like Grindr, Hornet, and Scruff are engaging users by organizing events, covering queer topics in online publications, and engaging in advocacy work. Brandon Tensley explores the extent of their impact, writing, “These apps are playing host to conversations—silent and verbal, private and public—about what, exactly, the queer experience can entail. They’re helping, in other words, make the connections so many queers have been yearning for all along.”

In other news, the Department of Homeland Security is starting to scan passengers’ faces before they board international flights. Decades ago, Congress mandated that federal authorities keep track of foreign nationals as they enter and leave the United States. But with the launch of its new “Biometric Exit” program, DHS is—without congressional authorization—also scanning the faces of American citizens. This opens the door to a host of privacy and civil liberty issues that will continue to fly under the radar. Meanwhile, Andrea Peterson writes that despite Trump’s own complaints of having his “wires tapped,” he has yet to fill vacancies on a board that serves as a key government watchdog charged with overseeing surveillance activities.

Other things we read this week while considering the consequences of Trump’s attacks on federal lands:

  • Culinary technology: Jacob Brogan samples a meal delivery service that is trying to make its name by focusing on gee-whiz tech.
  • Quakebot: Last week, the Los Angeles Times Quakebot tweeted about an earthquake that happened 90 years ago. Angelica Cabral explains what caused the confusion and what this incident teaches us about where our data comes from.
  • Musk’s plans for Mars: Earlier this month, Elon Musk published his plans to make humans a multiplanetary species. Andrew Coates, a professor of physics at the University College London, questions just how plausible Musk’s plans to colonize Mars actually are.
  • Dangers of social media: Emily Parker counters the argument that Facebook and Twitter are destroying America and warns against excessive techno-pessimism.
  • EU fines Google: On Tuesday, European Union regulators slapped Google with a $2.7 billion antitrust fine for unfairly promoting its own shopping comparison services over those of its rivals.


  • Three years after the release their best-selling book, The Second Machine Age, MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee are back with a deep dive into the key forces driving our increasingly digital age. Join Future Tense on Thursday, June 29 (yes, tomorrow!), in New York for a conversation with the pair about their latest book, Machine, Platform, Crowd, and about how to build a future that doesn’t leave humans behind. RSVP to attend here.
  • Join Rep. Ted Lieu, a Democrat from California’s 33rd Congressional District, on Thursday, July 13, for the latest installment of our “My Favorite Movie” series. He’ll be hosting a screening Ex Machina at Washington, D.C.’s Landmark E Street Cinema. You may RSVP for yourself and up to one guest here.

Will make you read this article,
Emily Fritcke
For Future Tense

Future Tense is a partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University.

          DHS Is Starting to Scan Americans’ Faces Before They Get on International Flights        

Air travel already features some attributes of a police state. Metal detectors. Bomb-sniffing dogs. Pat-downs. A gloved TSA agent peering at your toothpaste. But it could get worse. What if your check-in also involved a face recognition scan?

Decades ago, Congress mandated that federal authorities keep track of foreign nationals as they enter and leave the United States. If the government could record when every visitor stepped on and off of U.S. soil, so the thinking went, it could easily see whether a foreign national had overstayed a visa.

But in June of last year, without congressional authorization, and without consulting the public, the Department of Homeland Security started scanning the faces of Americans leaving the country, too.

You may have heard about new JetBlue or Delta programs that let passengers board their flights by submitting to a face recognition scan. Few realize, however, that these systems are actually the first phase of DHS’s “Biometric Exit” program.

For certain international flights from Atlanta and New York, DHS has partnered with Delta to bring mandatory face recognition scans to the boarding gate. The Delta system checks a passenger is supposed to be on the plane by comparing her face, captured by a kiosk at the boarding gate, to passenger manifest photos from State Department databases. It also checks passengers’ citizenship or immigration status. Meanwhile, in Boston, DHS has partnered with JetBlue to roll out a voluntary face recognition system for travelers flying to Aruba. In JetBlue’s case, you can actually get your face scanned instead of using a physical ticket.

While these systems differ in details, they have two things in common. First, they are laying the groundwork for a much broader, mandatory deployment of Biometric Exit across the country. Second, they scan the faces of everyone—including American citizens.

Treating U.S. citizens like foreign nationals contradicts years of congressional mandates. DHS has never consulted the American public about whether Americans should be subject to face recognition. That’s because Congress has never given Homeland Security permission to do it in the first place. Congress has passed Biometric Exit bills at least nine times. In each, it has been clear: This is a program meant for foreign nationals. In fact, when President Trump issued an executive order in January on Biometric Exit, it was actually reissued to clarify that it didn’t apply to American citizens.

Why should you care? Well, think of what could happen when DHS’s airport face recognition systems misfire. And they will. With an error rate that could be as high as 4 percent for the JetBlue system—and with countless people flying—false rejections will be a daily occurrence. That could mean missing your flight because the system fails to recognize you. The best research available indicates face recognition performs worse when an image is more than six years old. That’s a serious problem when your passport or driver’s license photo may be a decade old. Other research suggests that face recognition systems have a harder time matching the faces of African Americans, women, and children. When these systems make mistakes, will DHS subject you to the more intensive Secondary Screening? Will you be taken to an interrogation room? Will you be turned away altogether?

What’s even worse is there is good reason to think Homeland Security’s face recognition systems will be expanded.

Behind the scenes, DHS is already handling your face recognition photo in ways many travelers might find alarming. For instance, after JetBlue scans your face, your photo is temporarily stored in DHS’s threat modeling ecosystem. What is it doing there? While there is no indication right now that DHS is, for example, comparing your face against a hotlist of known or suspected terrorists, it’s easy to imagine DHS pulling the trigger. People with foreign-sounding names have already struggled for years with false matches on the No Fly List. Will people with “foreign-looking” faces encounter the same discrimination?

And this may only be the beginning. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s John Wagner, Homeland Security is in internal negotiations to bring face recognition to the TSA security checkpoint.

What might mission creep look like? One possible scenario involves DHS deciding to search your face against state and local law enforcement databases. Would you be comfortable with your face being compared to the faces of wanted criminals simply because you flew home to see your parents? Or maybe DHS could decide to share your face with the FBI. That could mean your face being compared with unknown suspects in security camera footage. Imagine being investigated for a crime you didn’t commit because, while passing through the airport, an algorithm matched your face to a suspect in a grainy surveillance video.

Must Americans really submit to a perpetual line-up to fly?

The Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law will host a conference on the surveillance of immigrants on June 22.

          Vernor Vinge says Singularity by 2030 Still Believable        

In the first talk of the day, Hugo Award-winning Science Fiction Author Vernor Vinge opens up by stating that achieving the Singularity by 2030 is still going to happen.

His conviction is very impressive. He states that the Singularity is still on track because Moore’s Law is still working. If technology continues to exponentially increase, 2030 is his best date.

What’s very interesting is that he made the statement that humans don’t create tools, we outsource our intellect into our environment. He goes on to explain that biometric modifications in a person will get to the point where our own intellect will barely be visible, only a “hand on a tiller” in the vast sea of humanity.

A running start to a long day.

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Year: Beyond
Tags: vernor, vinge, singularity, 2030, bob, pisani, first, presentation
          333 tipů pro Windows 10 (326-330)        

326.     Jak číst články pohodlněji?

Každý z nás asi chodí na internet kvůli získání nějaké informace. Ty můžeme získávat ve formě různých zdrojů. Mohou to být sociální sítě, videoservery, emaily internetové články. A právě poslední jmenované položce se budeme nyní věnovat. DneÅ¡ní články na webu mají okolo sebe mnoho ruÅ¡ivých elementů. Může to být hlavička a patička stránky, další menu v rámci webu, reklamy apod. Přitom na danou stránku jdete primárně kvůli obsahu článku. Díky funkci Zobrazení k přečtení je nyní vÅ¡e mnohem snazší, protože tato funkce má právě za úkol vÅ¡echny tyto ruÅ¡ivé prvky eliminovat.
Stačí si zobrazit vybraný článek a klepnout na ikonu knihy v pravém horním rohu nabídky Microsoft Edge a během několika okamžiků si můžete užívat samotný článek bez ruÅ¡ivých elementů.

327.     Co je to Windows Hello?

Pod touto funkcí se ve Windows 10 skrývají nové možnosti přihlášení do systému Windows. Průměrný uživatel počítače a internetu, který dodržuje alespoň základní bezpečnostní zásady hesel jich má několik, každé z nich delší než 8 znaků, které jsou tvořeny kombinací malých a velkých písmen, číslic a speciálních znaků. Což je situace, která téměř každého po určité chvíli „otráví“ a začne hesla spojovat, zjednoduÅ¡ovat nebo si je prostě někam psát. A to určitě není dobře. Proto se v rámci snadného přihlášení pomocí Windows Hello počítá zejména se zapojením biometrických prvků, přičemž mezi ty již běžně dostupné patří otisk prstu. Velký rozmach ale začínají mít i infračervené kamery, které nahrazují staré a „obyčejné“ webkamery. Tyto nové umí totiž sejmout 3D otisk obličeje, vytvoří si na něm několik desítek fixních bodů, které při příštím přihlášení porovnává.
Funkce pomocí přihlášení vlastního obličeje byly dostupné již dříve, ale daly se až moc snadno obejít např. pomocí vytiÅ¡těné fotky, takže o nějaké bezpečnosti nemůže být ani řeÅ¡. Nové kamery v rámci Windows Hello v Å¾Ã¡dném případě pomocí vytiÅ¡těné fotky nepokoříte a jedná se o tak propracované řeÅ¡ení, že neuspějí ani jednovaječná dvojčata.

328.     Jak si stáhnout Office pro dotyková zařízení?

Součástí sytému Windows 10 jsou mj. aplikace Word Mobile, Excel Mobile nebo PowerPoint Mobile a to zcela zdarma. Jsou to speciálně a nově naprogramované verze, které jsou určeny pro uživatele systému Windows 10, přičemž pro malé zařízení a tablety do 10 palců jsou uživatelům k dispozici jak funkce pro čtení dokumentů, tak i pro jejich vytváření. Oproti tomu uživatelé počítačů a větších tabletů si pro aktivaci editačních funkcí budou muset pořídit např. předplatné Office 365. Nicméně mnoho firem a Å¡kol má dneska již Office 365 včetně desktopových verzí zalicencovány a tak pokud jste zaměstnancem takové firmy nebo studentem takové Å¡koly, můžete pro aktivací těchto aplikací použít právě váš Å¡kolní nebo pracovní účet.

329.     Co je to Cortana?

Cortana je vaÅ¡e osobní asistentka, kterou lze ve Windows 10 ovládat hlasem a s jejíž pomocí zvládnete vÅ¡echny běžné operace jako jsou vyhledávání na počítači, správa událostí v kalendáři, zjiÅ¡Å¥ování výsledků zápasů, zjiÅ¡Å¥ování počasí a mnoho dalšího, stačí se jí jen zeptat. Bohužel, protože se jedná o velice sofistikované řeÅ¡ení, které závislé na lidské řeči, je pochopitelné, že v současné verzi není Cortana v ÄŒeské republice vzhledem k velikosti populace i složitosti jazyka, prozatím dostupná.

330. Jak aktivovat Cortanu?

Možná vás ale tato funkce zaujala natolik, že byste si Cortanu přesto chtěli vyzkouÅ¡et, alespoň v angličtině. To pochopitelně možné je, jen musíte kompletní regionální nastavení systémů nastavit na angličtinu a to v Ovládacích panelech v panelu Oblast:
Na záložce Formáty změňte jazyk na English (United States)
Na záložce Místo zvolte Spojené státy
Na záložce Správa změňte místní nastavení systému na English (United states)
Také bude zapotřebí nastavit jazykové prostředí na angličtinu. Pokud jej nemáte nainstalované, lze tak učinit v Nastavení – Řeč a jazyk – Oblast a jazyk. Jakmile máte vÅ¡echny výše uvedené nastavení aktivní, měla by se vám po restartu Cortana zobrazit po klepnutí na ikonu lupy na hlavním panelu nebo kdykoliv po zaznění „budícího“ příkazu „Hey, Cortana“.

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    मजदूर जिसने बयां की ‘आधार’ की कहानी  नवभारत टाइम्स | Feb 25, 2013, 06.52PM IST एसपी रावत   कुरुक्षेत्र।। कंप्यूटर ने एक ओर जहां इंसान के कई कामों को आसान बना दिया है, वहीं दिन-रात मजदूरी करके अपने परिवार का पेट पालने वाले हजारों मजदूरों के लिए यह मुसीबत बन गया है। कंप्यूटर […]
          Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence        
Life is unfair but still good that's word for thought. Do you agree?

By the way, I will talk about processing papers today. My temporary green card already expired. But before the expiration of my g-card, the embassy sent me a notice to file to remove conditional residency. I file all the requirements and I'm done with my biometric. Now I am waiting for another notice from the embassy. I don't know what's next so I have to wait. If you are planning to process for the removal of conditional residency you can check the link below and all of the requirements to make it sure.

The requirements:

  • I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence form.
  • Joint checking and savings bank account.
  • At least 2 affidavits w/notary on it.
  • Your child birth certificate if you have a kid.
  • Photocopy of your temporary resident card (front and back).
  • Tax record that you are the beneficiary.
  • Joint property.
  • Joint credit card or loans.
  • Joint electricity and phone bills.
  • other documents that proves that you are still married or living together.
  • Payments $590 including the biometric.
Here's the link of the form if you want to check or print it.
I-751, Petition to Remove the Conditions of Residence

It's better to be safe than sorry so please double check your documents before filing or sending it. If you have questions you can call the embassy for more information.
          License to Ill: Is the Vermont DMV up to the Job?        
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The next BriefingsDirect inside story examination of security best practices focuses on the building of a global security operations center (SOC) for cyber defense. 

Learn here how Zayo Group in Boulder, Colorado built a state-of-the-art SOC as it expanded its international managed security service provider practice.

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Hear directly from Mike Vamvakaris, Vice President of Managed Cyber Security at Zayo Group, on the build-out, best practices, and end-results from this impressive project. The moderator is Serge Bertini, Vice President of Sales and General Manager of the Canada Security Division at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE).

Serge Bertini: Mike, you and I have talked many times about the importance of managed security service providers (MSSPs), global SOCs, but for our readers, I want to take them back on the journey that you and I went through to get into the SOC business, and what it took from you to build this up.

So if you could, please describe Zayo’s business and what made you decide to jump into the MSSP field.

Mike Vamvakaris: Thanks for the opportunity. Zayo Group is a global communications and infrastructure provider. We serve more than 365 markets. We have 61 international data centers on-net, off-net, and more than 3,000 employees.

Zayo Canada required a SOC to serve a large government client that required really strict compliance, encryption, and correlational analysis.

Upon further expansion, the SOC we built in Canada became a global SOC, and now it can serve international customers as well. Inside the SOC, you will find things such as US Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 security standardscompliance. We do threat hunting, threat intelligence. We are also doing machine learning, all in a protected facility via five-zone SOC.

This facility was not easy to build; it was a journey, as we have talked about many times in person, Serge.

Holistic Security

Bertini: What you guys have built is a state-of-the-art facility. I am seeing how it helps you attract more customers, because not only do you have critical infrastructure in your MSSP, but also you can attract customers whose stringent security and privacy concerns can be met.

Vamvakaris: Zayo is in a unique position now. We have grown the brand aggressively through organic and inorganic activities, and we are able to offer holistic and end-to-end security services to our customers, both via connectivity and non-connectivity.

For example, within our facility, we will havemultiple firewalling and distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) technologies -- now all being protected and correlated by our state-of-the-art SOC, as you described. So this is a really exciting and new opportunity that began more than two years ago with what you at HPE have done for us. Now we have the opportunity to turn and pivot what we built here and take that out globally.

Bertini: What made you decide on HPE ArcSight, and what did you see in ArcSight that was able to meet your long-term vision and requirements?

Turnkey Solutions

Vamvakaris: That’s a good question. It wasn’t an easy decision. We have talked about this openly and candidly. We did a lot of benchmarking exercises, and obviously selected HPE ArcSight in the end. We looked at everyone, without going into detail. Your listeners will know who they are.

But we needed something that supported multi-tenancy, so the single pane of window view. We are serving multiple customers all over the world, and ArcSight allowed us to scale without applying tremendous amount of capital expenditure (CAPEX) investment and ongoing operational expenditure (OPEX) to support infrastructure and the resources inside the SOC. It was key for me on the business side that the business-case was well supported.

We had a very strict industry regulation in working with a large government customer, to be FIPS-compliant. So out of the box, a lot of the vendors that we were looking at didn’t even meet those requirements.

Another thing I really liked about ArcSight, when we did our benchmarking, is the event log filtration. There really wasn’t anyone else that could actually do the filtration at the throughput and the capacity we needed. So that really lent itself very well. Just making sure that you are getting the salient events and kind of filtering out the noncritical alerts that we still need to be looking at was key for us.

Something that you and I have talked about is the strategic information and operations center (SIOC)service. As a company that knew we needed to build around SOC, to protect our own backbone, and offer those services to our extended connectivity customers, we enlisted SIOC services very early to help us with everything from instant response management, building up the Wiki, even hiring and helping us retain critical skill sets in the SOC.

From an end-to-end perspective, this is why we went with ArcSight and HPE. They offered us a turnkey solution, to really get us something that was running.

The Trifecta: People, Process, Technology

Bertini: In this market, what a lot of our customers see is that their biggest challenge is people. There are a lot of people when it comes to setting up MSSPs. The investment that you made is the big differentiator, because it’s not just the technology, it’s the people and process. When I look at the market and the need in this market, there is a lack of talented people.

How did you build your process and the people? What did you have to do yourself to build the strength of your bench? Later on we can talk a little bit more about Zayo and how HPE can help put all of this together.

Vamvakaris: We were the single tenant, if you will. Ultimately we needed to go international very quickly. So we went from humble beginnings to an international capability. It’s a great story.

For us, you nailed it on the head. SOC, the technology obviously is pertinent, you have to understand your use cases, your policies that you are trying to use and protect your customers with those. We needed something very modular and ArcSight worked for that.

But within the SOC, our customers require things like customized reporting and even customized instant-response plans that are tailored to meet their unique audits or industry regulations. It’s people, process and tools or technology, as they say. I mean, that is the lifeline of your SOC.

One of the things we realized early on, you have to focus on everything from your triage, to instant response, to your kill-chain processes. This is something we have invested significantly in, and this is where we believe we actually add a lot of value to our customers.

Bertini: So it’s not just a logging capability, you guys went way beyond providing just the eyes on the glass to the red team and the tiger team and everything else in between.

Vamvakaris: Let me give you an example. Within the SOC, we have SOC Level 1, all the way to Level 3, and then we have threat hunting. So inside we do threat intelligence. We are now using machine-learning technologies. We have threat hunting, predictive analytics, and we are moving into user behavior analysis.

Remember the way I talked about SOC Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, this is a 24x7, 365-day facility. This is a five-zone SOC for enhanced access control, mantraps inside to factor biometric access control. It’s a facility that we are very proud of and that we love showcasing.  

Bertini: You are a very modest person, but in the span of two years you have done a lot. You started with probably one of the largest mammoth customers, but one thing that you didn’t really talk about is, you are also drinking your own champagne.

Tell us a little bit more about, Zayo. It’s a large corporation, diverse and global. Tell us about the integration of Zayo into your own SOC, too.

Drinking your own Champagne

Vamvakaris: Customers always ask us about this. We have all kinds of fiber or Ethernet, large super highway customers I call them, massive data connectivity, and Zayo is well-known in the industry for that; obviously one of the leaders.
The interesting part is that we are able to turn and pivot, not only to our customers, but we are also now securing our own assets -- not just the enterprise, but on the backbone.

So you are right, we sip our own champagne. We protect our customers from threats and unauthorized data exfiltration, and we also do that for ourselves. So we are talking about a global multinational backbone environment.

Bertini: That’s pretty neat. What sort of threats are you starting to see in the market and how are you preventing those attacks, or at least how can you be aware in advance of what is coming down the pipe?

Vamvakaris: It’s a perpetual problem. We are invested in what’s called an ethical hacking team, which is the whole white hat/black hat piece.

In practice, we’re trying to -- I won’t say break into networks, but certainly testing the policies, the cyber frameworks that companies think they have, and we go out of our way to make sure that that is actually the case, and we will go back and do an analysis for them.
If you don’t know who is knocking at the door, how are you going to protect yourself, right?

So where do I see the market going? Well, we see a lot of ransomware; we see a lot of targeted spear phishing. Things are just getting worse, and I always talk about how this is no longer an IT issue, but it’s a business problem.

People now are using very crafty organizational and behavior-style tactics of acquiring identities and mapping them back to individuals in a company. They can have targeted data exfiltration by fooling or tricking users into giving up passwords or access and sign all types of waivers. You hear about this everyday somewhere that someone accidentally clicked on something, and the next thing you know they have wired money across the world to someone.

So we actually see things like that. Obviously we’re very private in terms of where we see them and how we see them, but we protect against those types of scenarios.

Gone are the days where companies are just worried about their customer provided equipment or even cloud firewalls. The analogy I say, Serge, is if you don’t know who is knocking at the door, how are you going to protect yourself, right?

You need to be able to understand who is out there, what they are trying to do, to be able to mitigate that. That’s why I talk about threat hunting and threat intelligence.

Partners in Avoiding Crime

Bertini: I couldn’t agree more with you. To me, what I see is the partnership that we built between Zayo and HPE and that’s a testament of how the business needs to evolve. What we have done is pretty unique in this market, and we truly act as a partner, it’s not a vendor-relationship type of situation.

Can you describe how our SIOC was able to help you get to the next level, because it’s about time-to-market, at the end of the day. Talk about best practices that you have learned, and what you have implemented.

Vamvakaris: We grew out to be an international SOC, and that practice began with one large request for proposal (RFP) customer. So we had a time-to-market issue compressed. We needed to be up and running, and that’s fully turnkey, everything.

When we began this journey, we knew we couldn’t do it ourselves. We selected the technology, we benchmarked that, and we went for the Gartner Magic Quadrant. We were always impressed at HPE ArcSight, over the years, if not a decade, that it’s been in that magic quadrant. That was very impressive for us.

But what really stood out is the HPE SIOC.

We enlisted the SIOC services, essentially the consulting arm of HPE, to help us build out our world-class multizone SOC. That really did help us get to market. In this case, we would have been paying penalties if we weren’t up and running. That did not happen.

The SIOC came in and assessed everything that we talked about earlier, they stress-tested our triage model and instant response plan. They helped us on the kill chain; they helped us with the Wiki. What was really nice and refreshing was that they helped us find talent where our SOC is located. That for me was critical. Frankly, that was a differentiator. No one else was offering those types of services.

Bertini: How is all of this benefitting you at the end of the day? And where do you see the growth in your business coming for the next few years?

Ahead in the Cloud

Vamvakaris: We could not have done this on our own. We are fortunate enough that we have learned so much now in-house.

But we are living in an interconnected world. Like it or not, we are about to automate that world with the Internet of things (IoT), and always-on mobile technologies, and everyone talks about pushing things to the cloud.

The opportunity for us is exciting. I believe in a complete, free, open digital world, which means we are going to need -- for a long time -- to protect the companies as they move their assets to the cloud, and as they continue to do mobile workforce strategies -- and we are excited about that. We get to be a partner in this ecosystem of a new digital era. I think we are just getting started.

The timing then is perfect, it’s exciting, and I think that we are going to see a lot of explosive growth. We have already started to see that, and now I think it’s just going to get even more-and-more exciting as we go on.
It’s not just about having the human capabilities, but it's also augmenting them with the right technologies and tools so they can respond faster, they can get to the issues.

Bertini: You have talked about automation, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning. How are those helping you to optimize your operations and then ultimately benefitting you financially?

Vamvakaris: As anyone out there who has built a SOC knows, you’re only as good as your people, processes, and tools. So we have our tools, we have our processes -- but the people, that cyber security talent is not cheap. The SOC analysts have a tough job. So the more we can automate, and the more we can give them help, the better. A big push now is for AI, which really is machine learning, and automating and creating a baseline of things from which you can create a pattern, if you will, of repeatable incidents, and then understanding that all ahead of time.

We are working with that technology. Obviously HPE ArcSight is the engine to the SOC, for correlational analysis, experience-sampling methods specifically, but outside there are peripherals that tie into that.

It’s not just about having the human capabilities, but it's also augmenting them with the right technologies and tools so they can respond faster, they can get to the issues; they can do a kill chain process quickly. From an OPEX perspective, we can free up the Level 1 and Level 2 talent and move them into the forensic space. That’s really the vision of Zayo.

We are working with technologies including HPE ArcSight to plug into that engine that actually helps us free up the incident-response and move that into forensics. The proactive threat hunting and threat intelligence -- that’s where I see the future for us, and that’s where we’re going.

Bertini: Amazing. Mike, with what you have learned over the last few years, if you had to do this all over again, what would you do differently?

Practice makes perfect

Vamvakaris: I would beg for more time, but I can’t do that. It was tough, it was tough. There were days when we didn’t think we were going to make it. We are very proud and we love showcasing what we built -- it’s an amazing, world-class facility.

But what would I do differently? We probably spent too much time second-guessing ourselves, trying to get everything perfect. Yet it’s never going to be perfect. A SOC is a living, breathing thing -- it's all about the people inside and the processes they use. The technologies work, and getting the right technology, and understanding your use cases and what you are trying to achieve, is key. Not trying to make it perfect and just getting it out there and then being more flexible in making corrections, [that would have been better].

In our case, because it was a large government customer, the regulations that we had to meet, we built that capability the first time, we built this from the ground up properly -- as painful as that was, we can now learn from that.

In hindsight, did we have to have everything perfect? Probably not. Looking back at the compressed schedule, being audited every quarter, that capability has nonetheless put us in a better place for the future.

Bertini: Mike, kudos to you and your team. I have worked with your team for the last two to three years, and what you have done has showed us a miracle. What you built is a top-class MSSP, with some of the most stringent requirements from the government, and it shows.

Now, when you guys talk, when you present to a customer, and when we do joint-calls with the customers -- we are an extension of each other. We at HPE are just feeding you the technology, but how you have implemented it and built it together with your people, process, and technology -- it’s fantastic.

So with that, I really thank you. I'm looking forward to the next few years together, to being successful, and bringing all our customers under your roof.

Vamvakaris: This is the partnership that we talked about. I think that’s probably the most important thing. If you do endeavor to do this, you really do need to bring a partner to the table. HPE helped us scale globally, with cost savings and an accelerated launch. That actually can happen with a world-class partnership. So I also look forward to working with you, and serving both of our customer bases, and bringing this great capability out into the market.

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Ogni dispositivo elettronico sarà dotato di connettività a Internet e di un display con funzionalità touch e grafica tanto da conferire al display il ruolo di componente funzionale importante dei sistemi embedded. Per cui il livello di integrazione che tale dispositivo offre diventa un fattore competitivo importante per gli sviluppatori di sistemi embedded. 4D Systems ha sviluppato una soluzione che integra in maniera innovativa e avanzata la componente hardware e quella software del display come sottosistema funzionale intelligente per consentire allo sviluppatore di ottenere e integrare nell’applicazione finale con semplicità e immediatezza una interfaccia grafica ad alto livello, riducendo il tempo di sviluppo da mesi e settimane a poche ore. La serie Gen4 di display intelligenti è stata sviluppata per applicazioni IoT, dotando tali display di funzionalità touch integrata e connettività Wi-Fi. I display della serie Gen4 sono disponibili in vari formati. Tutti hanno la risoluzione di 240 x 320 pixel, adatti quindi a soddisfare i requisiti applicativi di sistemi portatili connessi a Internet. I moduli sono basati sul SoC ESP8266 di Espressif, capace di gestire sia l’elaborazione grafica sia la connettività Rf. La progettazione dell’interfaccia grafica basata sui display Gen4 utilizza l’Ide Workshop4 oppure Arduino Ide per cui è possibile utilizzare la tecnica di programmazione Drag & Drop per assemblare in pochi passi una complessa interfaccia grafica per l’applicazione. Il modulo Gen4 IoD può essere programmato come un modulo Arduino, utilizzando la libreria 4D Systems GFX4D.

Una piattaforma con funzione di IoT Hub

Bridgetek ha sviluppato una interessante piattaforma che svolge la funzione di IoT Hub, utilizzando la tecnologia delle Mcu serie FT900 di Ftdi e la tecnologia dei controller grafici multimediali della serie Eve di Ftdi. La piattaforma di Bridgetek è la Mcu FT930 Super Bridge, capace di creare un bridge Usb per controllare 4 periferiche Quad Spi tramite hardware D2xx di Ftdi. PanL Smart Home Platform è un sistema di progettazione rapido per applicazioni IoT in ambito di automazione domestica che supporta vari protocolli di rete Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluethoot Smart e ZigBee per creare applicazioni che in ambito domestico controllano sistemi e sensori per esegure processi di controllo su preset o eventi, interagire in modalità IoT con la rete Internet e con App di terze parti. La piattaforma consiste di un display da 7’’ integrato con il controller grafico e il controller FT930 Super Bridge. La versione PanL35, è basata su un display a colori Tft da 3.5”, incapsulato in un contenitore di metallo e in un formato compatibile con l’alloggiamento standard degli interruttori domestici. PanL35 ha la capacità di estendere la sua funzionalità hardware con una telecamera, un microfono, un altoparlante, un sensore di movimento, un sensore di luminosità ambientale, un sensore di temperatura e di umidità

Human Machine Interface

L’interfaccia uomo-macchina in tutti gli ambiti applicativi svolge un ruolo determinante per il successo dell’applicazione, soprattutto in ambiti particolarmente impegnativi come quello automotive. La tecnologia embedded in questo caso è il fattore abilitante delle applicazioni, in quanto capaci di rendere effettive le soluzioni applicative. Un caso emblematico è l’utilizzo di Hmi biometriche in ambito automotive, ove i requisiti applicativi sono particolarmente stringenti, sia in termini di funzionalità, sia in termini di modalità applicativa. L’utilizzo dell’impronta digitale per l’accesso all’automobile è una problematica applicativa in ambito automotive da tempo tentata senza successo, anche se molto attesa. Synaptics ha sviluppato la tecnologia Natural ID che consente una rapida integrazione dell’interfaccia naturale basata sull’impronta digitale e la misura di informazioni biometriche come la gestualità, la durata del contatto e l’intensità del contatto. Grazie a questa combinazione di informazioni altamente sicure anche grazie ad un sofisticato sistema di crittografia, un contesto altamente automatizzato come quello dell’automobile, può essere personalizzato e dotato di servizi per esempio negli autoveicoli in noleggio. Il vantaggio dell’interfaccia naturale, oltre a quello della sicurezza sta anche nella flessibilità, nel non indurre alla distrazione il guidatore, e non richiedere a questo un particolare impegno nel relazionarsi con il sistema. I sistemi di cattura e riconoscimento dell’impronta digitale non sono una novità. Sicuramente per lo sviluppo dei sistemi embedded è una importante novità l’integrazione della componente sensoriale (cattura dell’impronta) con il conseguente processo di riconoscimento e protezione del dato biometrico. I sensori di impronta digitale Natural ID integrano la tecnologia SentryPoint che rende sicuro il dispositivo e la relativa applicazione relativamente ai dati biometrici. Grazie alla tecnologia di cattura dei dati biometrici e di sicurezza del trattamento di tali dati, è possibile implementare applicazioni che utilizzano la connettività di rete per rendere disponibili servizi fruibili dal guidatore mentre è alla guida dell’autoveicolo in completa sicurezza (sia di guida che di riservatezza).

IoT Smart Connection

Lemonbeat ha sviluppato lo Smart Device Language, un modello di programmazione che consente di integrare e far interagire dispositivi diversi su Internet. Il kit di sviluppo consente di integrare più sensori e attuatori in un contesto di applicazione finale, di scrivere il codice dell’applicazione e verificarene il funzionamento. Il kit consiste di due schede di sviluppo e di un dongle di configurazione Usb. La scheda principale è dotata di un microcontrollore di Silicon Labs, basato su un core Arm Cortex-M3, che integra un transceiver sub-gigahertz per il collegamento fisico di smart device. Il kit è supportato da Lemonbeat Studio, un ambiente di sviluppo software che può essere utilizzato per configurare la modalità di interazione dei dispositivi che eseguono LsDL.

Il ruolo della memoria embedded

La memoria è un fattore chiave dell’efficienza funzionale delle applicazioni embedded, sia dal punto di vista dimensionale, sia dal punto di vista funzionale. La non volatilità e l’accesso veloce paragonabile a quello delle Ram sono le due proprietà essenziali della memoria embedded. La tecnologia delle memorie Flash è attualmente quella più utilizzata anche se le caratteristiche di tempo di ritenzione dei dati non sono soddisfacenti per i requisiti dei sistemi embedded industriali e automotive. Altre tecnologie di memorizzazione non volatile sono state esplorate e industrializzate come le Mram (basate su un processo di memorizzazione magnetico allo stato solido). Le Mram garantiscono un tempo di ritenzione dei dati superiore a 20 anni, sono veloci (meno di 35 ns per la lettura o scrittura in modalità simmetrica), durata illimitata, integrabilità Cmos, elevata affidabilità anche a temperature elevate. Everspin ha fatto delle Mram la tecnologia di memoria di riferimento per i suoi moduli di memoria di elevata densità per sviluppatori Oem in contesti applicativi industriali, automotive e di rete. Nel contesto di rete IoT la non volatilità e la lunga durata sono le principali peculiarità che rendono le Mram una tecnologia abilitante, in applicazioni che richiedono un accesso intermittente e asincrono ai dati del nodo sensoriale, in applicazioni ove i periodi di stand-by sono frequenti ed è richiesta un’attivazione istantanea del processo in stand-by, in applicazioni ove la batteria non è in grado di alimentare costantemente la memoria. Le Mram e i relativi moduli hanno queste caratteristiche e consentono la scrittura immediata dall’attivazione.

Tag dinamici con interfaccia I2C ed energy harvesting

La tecnologia dell’identificazione automatica passiva basata sullla Rfid ha portato allo sviluppo di dispositivi per la connettività passivi particolarmente ricchi di funzionzionalità e di possibilità applicative che si riassumono nell’Nfc (Near Field Communication). La tecnologia Nfc si è molto evoluta dalla sua introduzione e oggi può essere considerata tecnologia abilitante per le emergenti applicazioni IoT. La nuova serie di tag dinamici Nfc/Rfid ST25 di STMicroelectronics è l’esempio più evoluto che integra varie funzionalità che consento a questo dispositivo di implementare in maniera completa un nodo in un contesto di applicazione di rete IoT. Il banco di memoria non volatile fino a 64kbit Eeprom accessibile sia in modalità wireless, sia in modalità wired, conferisce a questo dispositivo la capacità di tenere on-chip informazioni complesse e strutturate, come necessario nelle applicazioni relative alla strumentazione medicale, all’elettronica di consumo e alla logistica. Inoltre la capacità di proteggere i dati tramite un sistema di password multiple a 64 bit. Il trasferimento rapido dei dati è garantito da un buffer aggiuntivo da 256 kbyte tra Rf e I2C. Il dispositivo Nfc ST25 è alimentato completamente in modalità harvesting ed è a basso consumo energetico.

Ultra low power per dispositivi portatili

La nuova Mcu K27/K28 di Nxp Semiconductor, basata su core Arm Cortex M4 è intesa a soddisfare i requisiti applicativi sempre più stringenti dei sistemi embedded portatili dotati di display. Questa nuova Mcu è in grado di operare alimentata a batteria, con una dotazione embedded di Ram statica di 1 MB e 2 MB di memoria Flash. Le caratteristiche di basso consumo, ampia memoria, ed elevata potenza di elaborazione consentono di implementare con tale Mcu applicazioni molto avanzate e innovative in ambito IoT, smart home, wearable e portatili in generale. La Mcu K27/K28 è supportata dalla piattaforma di sviluppo a basso costo FRDM-K28F, dotata di tutte le risorse di sviluppo necessarie alla progettazione e prototipazione di un’applicazione embedded.

Il suono del silenzio

L’audio in ambito automotive sta suscitando molto interesse da parte degli sviluppatori. Dopo le applicazioni di successo come i sistemi di riduzione del rumore nell’abitacolo e il controllo personalizzato dell’ascolto audio nell’autoveicolo, ora la nuova frontiera è il sistema di allerting acustico dei veicoli. Il passaggio dal motore a combustione (rumoroso) a quello elettrico (silenzioso), ha fatto emergere una nuova problematica relativa alla sicurezza: se da una parte il rumore autoveicolare è decisamente più basso con i motori elettrici, a tutto vantaggio dei pedoni relativamente alla diminuzione dello stress acustico, dall’altra parte i pedoni sono suscettibili del rischio di non percepire la presenza di un autoveicolo fuori dal loro campo visivo, aumentando in tal modo il rischio di essere investiti accidentalmente (ciò rappresenta un fattore di rischio sia per i pedoni, sia per tutti gli utenti della strada, in particolare i ciclisti). Data l’importanza e rilevanza di questa problematica, la legislazione dei vari paesi si sta adoperando, tanto che da settembre 2019 sarà attiva in Europa e negli Usa una specifica legislazione concernente i requisiti di segnalazione acustica che dovranno avere gli autoveicoli a propulsione elettrica per garantire gli standard di sicurezza verso i pedoni. Mentor si è impegnata su questa problematica sviluppando un sistema di sintesi audio che utilizzando la posizione della farfalla del carburatore per i motori a combustione o la misura del numero di giri al minuto dei motori elettrici, sintetizza un suono che in maniera realistica dà al pedone la sensazione della presenza di un autoveicolo. Il sistema denominato Avas (Acoustic Veicle Alert System) utilizza un Dsp della famiglia SigmaDsp di Analog per eseguire in real-time la sintesi audio digitale del suono richiesta da questo nuovo standard di sicurezza in ambito automotive.

Mcu industriali

La Mcu ha un ruolo fondamentale per lo sviluppo delle applicazioni di controllo industriale, in quanto, con le sue caratteristiche di programmabilità e la sua caratterizzazione di system-on-chip offre allo sviluppatore un’ampio spettro di possibilità implementative. Di consenguenza i requisiti applicativi delle Mcu in ambito industriale diventano sempre più stringenti, soprattutto quelli di natura real-time. Infineon ha posto particolare attenzione a questa problematica sviluppando la famiglia di Mcu XMC di Infineon. I microcontrollori della famiglia XMC sono basati sul core Arm Cortex-M e una serie di periferiche application specific per il controllo dell’illuminazione, il controllo motore e la conversione di potenza. Sono dotati di acceleratore hardware per garantire le necessarie prestazioni real-time. L’XMC4000 è un microcontrollore di ultima generazione basato su core CorteX M4 a 144 MHz e dotato di 2 MB di Flash on-chip. Questa Mcu è altamente performante in ambito industriale per applicazioni di controllo motore, misura della posizione, controllo dell’interfaccia uomo-macchina, per l’implementazione dei controllori logici programmabili e per il controllo di reti leggere.

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          What do you say about upcoming adhar ?        

Aadhar Card could be the welfare scheme carried through by UIDAI once i. elizabeth. Unique Identification Authority of The indian subcontinent. This unique identification project first came towards existence within the entire year 2009, with regards to this project should be to make unique id number to every single one Indians bear in mind its truly smart cards. Essentially, Aadhar is often a twelve digit multitude, that’s allotted to all or any the Indians. Aadhar number is unquestionably individuals identity along with address proof valid through in India.As the name suggests aadhaar number are going to be unique to each and every individual and you will probably be valid for very long term. Record of numbers together with photograph, Biometric Scanning of iris and 10 fingerprints of the person are kept in a centralized database. For receiving the aadhaar amount, you may need for you to first enroll yourself for a similar. That enrollment is at no cost. For this you’ll want to visit authorized aadhaar application center near your community. Fill the registration form and add your photo proof along with your address proof as well. For photo proof PAN card and Govt ID cards will be displayed and for tackle proof telephone as well as electricity bill may be considerable. This enrollment form put together with attached details undergoes several quality plus authenticity tests.Car successfully enrolled in your aadhaar number then you definately will receive exactly the same within 60-90 days. If you wish to know your aadhaar status you might do that basically online. Visit a authorizes website with aadhaar, produce your form number and also time and date for your wedding then immediately the UID status will show up when in front people.Sometimes a consequence of the technical problem or as a response to server slow you possibly won’t be able to check your aadhaar status along with worry try exactly the same procedure after sooner or later. If you are face problem inside checking your Aadhaar condition then file the complaint regarding aadhaar card account, and report that via Consumer Online Complaint. In case you can’t receive your aadhaar card over 90 days of your enrollment, next use aadhaar helpline to create your aadhaar position. It is strictly recommended never to ever post your Aadhar card account status anywhere.UID (Unique Identification Number) is usually described as crucial step taken with the Government of Asia for allotting a specialized ID to each and every and every Indian citizen. UID is very an important tool, that enable government that you can monitor its various programs and techniques. Government of Indian has formed a corporation known as UIDAI when i. e. Unique Identification Authority of India when planning on taking good care on the UID program. UID will assist Indian’s in many ways, for example they can use their very own UID several times and can get respite from the hassle of routinely providing supporting information that is personal documents for availing various services for instance passport, banking accounts, driving license etc ..For receiving Unique Identification Number you have to enroll yourself to your same. With this, you can travel to any one of that authorized UID enrollment center location in India. For enrollment process you might want to present your identity proof and address proof. In all UIDAI has accepted 18 identity proof and 33 tackle proof documents, which may be considered valid with the process.

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          Rising Implementation of Biometric Sensors in Smartphones make Global Market Promising        
The manufacturers of biometric sensors are going one step ahead to add extra features in the products apart from them being primarily used as devices to manage secure access.  For instance, recently GE was in the news as it announced its developments in wearable medical devices such as medical sensors of the size of a Band-Aid. These medical sensors detect heart rate and analyze sweat, blood pressure, and blood oxygen. The developments in the biometric sensors have been remarkable over the past few years. The introduction of technology has helped key manufacturers in developing new varieties of biometric sensors. Biometric Sensors in Smartphones The use of biometric sensors in smartphones is increasing every year. Recently, Gionee M6 featured FPC biometric sensors in their new smartphones for enhanced mobile biometrics. Further, it is expected that by 2018, many smartphones will feature biometric sensors such as fingerprint sensors. The increasing demand for fingerprint sensors for smartphones and various other smart devices is expected to propel the global market for biometric sensors. The global biometric sensors market is one of the fastest-growing markets in the technology and media industry. With many new manufacturers of biometric sensors entering the mainstream, the market is expected to be highly competitive in the next five years.  The rising application of biometric sensors in various industries such as sports, commercial centers, banking, airports, offices, and shopping malls is predicted to benefit the global biometric sensors market. The demand for finger scan, facial scan, voice scan, iris scan, and hand scan biometric sensors is expected to be the highest in the global market. Biometric Sensors and LEDs at Olympics – A Proof of Innovation The use of biometric sensors was the major highlight at the ongoing Olympics in Rio. LED biosensors are being strapped to the runners, cyclists, gymnasts, and other athletes to capture their movements, acceleration, heart rate, muscle activity, and other important factors. This is helping the athletes to measure their performance after every event. The biometric sensors are connected with LED lights that display real-time information in colorful lights. This proves that the use of biometric sensors is increasing in the sports industry.

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          Authentication Solutions and Biometrics to Offer Enhanced Home Security Solutions, Here’s How        
The global home security systems market is primarily dominated by the introduction of new security products. Smart home security products are currently in the trend in the global market. Long gone are the days when the home security systems market offered limited products for the home owners. Today, with many new home security system products, key companies are expected to increase their contribution in the global market. Electronic security systems to manage and monitor homes, residential properties, commercial properties, personal properties, and living premises have been in demand since few years.   Investing in Advanced Home Security System Assures Protection Your house holds many essentials, your assets, belongings, and most importantly, the people. Protecting the assets and people by using the best-in-market home security systems is a must. New home security systems available in the global market offer complete protection to the homeowners. Home security systems have become the basic necessity for the homeowners. Investments in home security systems have grown since the past few years. As privacy and security have become the key concerns among homeowners, efforts are being taken by manufacturers of home security systems to introduce top-quality home security products. As people have become more security-conscious, high-level security service providers are able to fulfill their needs by introducing new security systems. The introduction of managed security services and solutions has boosted the global market in many ways. Attractive insurance policies and the rising government funding has further propelled the global market for home security solutions.  Future of Home Security Solutions Market The future of the global home security solutions market is expected to be bright. With cost-effective solutions and interoperability of multiple devices, the market is expected to register many growth opportunities. The introduction of video cameras, analog cameras, IP cameras, and other security systems are predicted to propel the market in the near future. The demand for access control authentication solutions such as biometrics, card-based access controls, and radio frequency identification is expected to increase. The increasing use of alarms, sensors, detectors, and electric locks across residential and commercial buildings will benefit the global market for home security systems. 

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          Biotech Education in India Needs a Booster Dose        

Our academic institutes of learning and research have focused on developing large numbers of qualified personnel but not necessarily with the skills and quality attributes sought by Industry to compete globally. It is vital to fix the skills deficit if we are to attain our global aspirations. 

India’s biotechnology industry has evolved in a challenging environment of sub-optimal funding, inadequate infrastructure and weak regulation.  What is commendable is the sustained growth momentum the sector has delivered over the years and the scale that many segments have realized.

The sector is currently valued at about $11 billion, having grown at a CAGR of ~20% over the last 10 years.  It is estimated that enabling policies can create a favourable business environment capable of generating Biotech revenues of US$ 100 billion by 2025.

The success of the Indian Biotech sector is attributable to a large pool of English-speaking scientific and engineering talent and an educated technical work force that has enabled cost competitive R&D and manufacturing to provide India with a significant competitive edge over many other nations.  India now aspires to position itself as a leading global innovation hub for biotechnology.

The path ahead is fraught with challenges of mounting global competition which in turn also offer enormous opportunities of growth.  Success will largely depend on the availability of high end talent, easy access to capital and simpler regulation.  The reality of the day is that our talent pool is shrinking, our regulatory environment has become Draconian and access to capital is difficult.  Of these, we must pay urgent attention to the growing skill deficit that the Biotech sector faces in our ability to develop Biosimilar drugs that will augment India’s Pharma success in generic drugs; genetically modified Crops, Biofuels and enzyme based Green technologies.

Our academic institutes of learning and research have focused on developing large numbers of qualified personnel but not necessarily with the skills and quality attributes sought by Industry to compete globally. It is vital to fix the skills deficit if we are to attain our global aspirations. 

Rising demand for specialized skills

Today, the rapid pace at which scientific knowledge is advancing puts a high demand on highly skilled scientists and engineers.  We need to push the boundaries of genetic engineering in order to find innovative applications across a diverse cross section of industries from pharmaceuticals to agriculture, industrial enzymes and informatics.

Furthermore, synthetic biology is gaining great prominence in developing new diagnostics, novel vaccines and drugs and a number of value added nutritional and food ingredients.

Another evolving field of study is the area of bio-markers and companion diagnostics, which is the future of new medicine that will personalize therapy and optimize the benefits of biotech drugs.

Another frontier area is DNA-based Biometrics which can far outweigh the benefits of retinal and fingerprinting technologies of today and emerge as the most reliable identification technology of the future. Its application in India’s Aadhar program can spearhead a powerful global paradigm.  

Unequipped for industry

While specialised life sciences skills are needed to address all these opportunities, a wide gap currently exists between the quality of human capital available and the needs of the industry.

A lack of necessary laboratory infrastructure at many Indian colleges means many biotech graduates probably not have used a basic biotech tool such as a gel apparatus. Such lacunae make their undergraduate knowledge inadequate for an industry setup.

The need of the hour is therefore to equip students not only with theoretical skills but also help them specialize in their chosen field of biotechnology through a rigorous multidisciplinary  project oriented approach that encompasses practical training on sophisticated laboratory instrumentation.
About 40,000 biotechnology students pass out every year from various colleges across the country. However, the skills gap denies most of these graduates’ employment opportunities at the 500 + biotech companies in India.

On an average, 300-500 hopefuls apply for every new biotechnology-related job vacancy but most are rejected as they are just not industry ready.

Many Indian biotech students, who can afford the fees, choose to go abroad for higher studies, attracted by the possibilities of working in state-of-the-art labs and the aspiration of working for leading biotech innovators.

Those without the wherewithal for a foreign degree, typically apply for jobs in biotech and pharma companies or universities and research institutes in India. However, only a handful find the employment of their choice and most resign themselves trapped in underpaid technical, marketing and administrative roles in unrelated sectors like the BPO sector.

Another common complaint of new recruits is unattractive starting salaries compared to the IT sector.  This is on account of the investment that Biotech companies need to make to train them before they are job-ready.

Biocon unveils biotech education initiative

To increase their chances of employability, biotech graduates in India need to be trained effectively to make them industry ready where they can partake in the journey of transforming India through the power of biotechnology.  Moreover, we simply have to expand the talent pool if India’s Biotech sector has to grow and compete globally.

It is with this objective in mind, that Biocon has spearheaded an initiative that will provide the biotech industry the best professionals with the right orientation and training.

We have set up the Biocon Academy, as a one-of-its-kind Centre of Excellence for Advanced Learning in Applied Bio-Sciences.

By collaborating with leading academic institutions globally, the Biocon Academy aims to bring world class training programs for biotech students in India and thus develop a new cadre of life sciences professionals with specialized skills.

Biocon Academy has decided to partner with Keck Graduate Institute, California, in this important endeavour.

KGI is uniquely qualified, through its outstanding faculty and its state-of-the-art infrastructure that includes the Amgen Bioprocessing Center, to help us with this endeavor.

As a premier technical institute, KGI’s training and education programs have built a very strong capability for the US Biopharma sector.  Through this partnership that we hope to emulate the success of the KGI learning model in India and build a robust Biotech sector.

A brand new start

The ‘Biocon KGI Certificate Program in Biosciences’, our flagship program in collaboration with the KGI, kicks off on Jan. 10.  It will provide a multidisciplinary best-in-class 16-week program in biosciences that will equip graduates and post-graduates with the skills needed to make them employable in the biotech sector.

With a broad-based curriculum encompassing R&D, Production as per GMP, Quality Assurance, Regulatory, Product Development and Professional skills, these programs are aimed at addressing the skill deficit of the Indian biotech sector.

Biotechnology can be a powerful tool in addressing the country’s challenges of meeting the food, education and healthcare needs of millions. It can play a very positive role in enhancing the quality of life of the people.

If India is to emerge as a Bio-Economy by 2025, the development of industry-ready human capital for the biotech industry is of vital importance. Biocon Academy hopes to make a significant contribution to this ambitious goal.

by Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairperson & MD, Biocon

          AR881EF_OS – Soyal Mini Fingerprint Reader        

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          Forensic Technologies Market to Reach New Heights with Utilization of Technology        
With technology penetrating in virtually every aspect of life, it is no wonder that solving crime is driven by modern methods and technologies for its operations. In today’s times, forensic scientists use retinal scanning, mass spectrometry, high-performance liquid chromatography, DNA tests, and other advanced technologies to rebuild crimes and accidents. The entire operation of crime investigation right from collection of evidence at crime site to presenting investigated results in courtrooms, forensic technology has improved the accuracy and quality of the entire operation leaps and bound. So much so, the entire process carried out seems to be part of a science thriller due to its fictional appeal. Some accredited agencies of the world such as Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S., the United Nations, and European Union classify physical crime in one of the following categories: Drug offence ( unlawful possession, transportation, cultivation, production, supplying, importing, exporting, and financing of drugs) Property crime (theft of a motor vehicle or domestic burglary) Violent crime ( includes physical assault, sexual offence, and robbery) Homicide (intentional killing of a person/s includes euthanasia, murder, manslaughter, and infanticide) North America and Europe are leading markets for forensic technologies. The two regions collectively held majority share of the overall market in 2012. In these regions, in criminal investigation the use of forensic technologies such as DNA profiling, biometrics/fingerprints, and firearms identification are part of the standard process and are performed through automated systems. With further standardization of forensic technology processes, the cost/expenditures for end-to-end crime analysis will reduce and will result in declined value of forensic services and an overall reduced worth of services in these regions. However, until the end of 2019, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World regions will collectively account for a share of 60% in the overall market. In several countries in these regions, governments have initiated DNA database program on a mass scale for future use.

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          Increasing Security Concerns Augments Global Digital Door Lock Systems Market        
Digital door lock systems also known as electromechanical locks have been developed and designed to lock and unlock upon receiving instructions from an authorized devices. These can be received through cryptographic key and wireless protocol to complete the authorization process. The global digital door locks systems market is segmented on the basis of type, end users, and geography. On the basis of type, the global digital door lock systems market is segmented into biometrics and keypad locks. The biometrics segment includes face recognition, iris recognition, voice recognition, signature recognition, palm recognition, and fingerprint recognition. The keypad locks segment is inclusive of electromechanical door locks, magnetic stripe locks, and electric strike locks. The end users of digital door lock systems are the government, commercial, industrial, and residential sectors. Geographically, this market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, and Latin America. Small and Mid-sized Enterprises to Propel Digital Door Lock Systems According to research reports, the commercial sector holds the largest share in the global digital door lock systems market. The residential segment follows in the second place. Analysts predict that small and mid-sized enterprises and homeowners will drive this market in the near future. The manufacturers likely to leave a mark in the aforementioned sectors are Weiser Lock, Godrej & Boyce, Siemens AG, and Assa-Abloy. Analysts’ state that these companies will make digital door locks systems for the commercial as well as the residential sector, which will factor in various types of biometrics such as palm, fingerprints, and voice to identify entrants.  Institutes to Drive Demand for Digital Door Lock Systems The biggest demand for digital door lock systems will come from institutional and commercial customers such as corporate workplaces, hospitals, universities, airports, government agencies, shopping malls, and other buildings that require tight security. 

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          Biometrics Industry Spreading Across Multiple Sectors        
For quite a while now, data security has remained a key motive for most companies to take certain precautions against the theft of their intellectual property or any classified data. This include military reports and medical information that is protected by the confidentiality between patients and a medical expert. Therefore, security has become a major concern inside various sectors such as defense, healthcare, and manufacturing. Usually. A biometric device will measure and analyze the required parameters maintained for identification. From a fundamental perspective, a biometric system consists of a biometric reader or even a scanner, along with a receiver which is paired with a computer for analyzing the input. The input can be stored in a database or even cross-checked against existing prints from the database. This achieves multiple things, the most important one being keeping unfriendly people at bay. It can also allow the company or an organization to keep track of the number of people entering and exiting a location. Modern Biometric Applications and Types Recently, a team of researchers developed a software that can identify personnel during healthcare related calling. The in-call biometric scanner can detect the speech pattern and voice of the person on the phone and match it with an existing database. This can help maintain doctor-patient confidentiality and avoid revealing of information to unwanted people. It can also save time by authenticating further processes such as scheduling visits and processing transactions. In another effort, Integrated Biometrics, a leading players in the global market for biometric systems, has developed a fingerprint scanner that can take in as many as ten prints in less than ten seconds. Apart from its speed, the scanner also allows the advantage of being able to pair it with a smartphone or a laptop in order to speed up the identification process. As for mobile biometrics, the technology has been obtained by most of the top players in the global smartphone market, including Xiaomi, LG, Huawei, Apple, Samsung, and Nokia. The scope of using mobile biometrics has advanced even further after the advent of the Internet of things, which has allowed the proliferation of this technology into the industries of pharmacy and healthcare.

Original Post Biometrics Industry Spreading Across Multiple Sectors source Twease
          Three steps to make managing passwords easier        

Passwords are a necessary inconvenience. Yes, they’re a pain to create and manage, but vital for keeping your accounts and devices secure. It might seem we’re approaching the death of the password with the rise of biometric authentication and other such tech; but no single security method is foolproof. For the foreseeable future, expect to rely on a combination of techniques, including passwords.

And, really, passwords don’t have to be a pain. In fact, managing your passwords can be downright easy, or at least easier than you think.

Create strong passwords

There are a number of suggestions for how to create passwords, but the basic idea is that it be hard to guess. To be clear, we’re not trying to keep your neighbor from guessing it, but a computer running through dictionaries of common passwords.

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          Banks to Adopt Voice Biometrics to Improve Security        
A growing number of banking companies are adopting the technology of biometrics in a bid to boost their security. Banks are adding up voice of the customer to serve as an added layer of protection. This technology is called voice biometrics that seems to be the next big thing in keeping accounts of consumer secure. Companies in the banking sector are adopting this technology due to the alarming rise in call-in fraud cases. This allows criminals to take the advantage of human error and emotions when they dial into a customer service phone line and describe some fictional situation which garners the sympathy of the call center representative and gain access into sensitive data and money. Last year such cases were responsible for around US$10 billion worth of money. These frauds are driving the demand for technologies such as voice biometrics substantially. These technologies can record voice in the conversations and then verify if the caller is genuine. The technology will convert the voice to a voice print which will serve as a comparison the next time a person or a fraud person calls. However, banks are adopting voice biometrics not only just to avoid frauds they are adopting it to allow for larger transactions to take place via their phones. Many people are still uncomfortable though to make huge deposits anywhere other than physical branches of the bank and this creation of mobile apps with voice recognition will help to increase security for transactions that involve large amounts of cash. The improved capabilities of smart phones, voice biometrics, and facial recognition are now increasingly becoming more and more feasible and are used in many parts of the world. Though this technology will not be perfect, it will help to improve the security in the online banking sector by a great extent.

Original Post Banks to Adopt Voice Biometrics to Improve Security source Twease
          U.S. Suspects and Pulls Spies from China after Cyber Attack        
The U.S. is pulling up spies from China due to the cyber attack that put together all the personal data of 21.5 mn government workers, said a U.S official on Tuesday.  The U.S. conceives that Chinese hackers were responsible for the breach as the data was exposed at the cost of 5.6 mn government employees in the Personnel Management office, U.S.  The stolen data includes imperative records on State Department employees. Hackers in this case could process the elimination and identify the personnel who are actually intelligent agents.  Employees with the CIA, NA, and DIA attributed to China are at the risk of being exposed. The officials at the U.S. Intelligence found that out in the past few months. CIA has pulled a number of officers from the U.S. embassy in Beijing.  The hack will cause a major impact on the U.S. national security and in part as the stolen data involves identity of the U.S. government forms that are used for security clearances known as SF86 survey. These forms have sensitive and private data on the current, former, and even government employees and their family members and associates.  Chinese intelligence is very likely to use the OPM data to help tap the identities of future U.S. intelligence employees that are trying to enter China. Beijing is heavily scrutinizing visa applications of the U.S. people in ties with those on travel patterns and other activities.  Before the hack, technological advancements in biometrics made it difficult for the CIA to penetrate the operatives into China and other countries. The CIA is now in the effort of encouraging improving the technological spying capabilities to fill the gap.  Obama hasn’t responded more firmly to the hack as yet.    However, Beijing has long denied its involvement in hacking and often claims that a victim of similar attacks. The Chinese government opposes this allegation of hacking too.

Original Post U.S. Suspects and Pulls Spies from China after Cyber Attack source Twease
          Samsung Simband to Help Companies Build Better Health Wearables        
Since the last couple of years Samsung is slowly penetrating into the digital health market with its host of offerings like TV monitors of medical grades, ultrasonic devices and most recently a line of trendy health gears called Gears and Gear Fit trackers. At a conference, Health 2.0 WinterTech organized in San Francisco, Samsung expressed their plans of capitalizing on technology to improve health a little more.  Samsung’s Director of Strategy and Business Development, Dr. Tejash Shah said that, Simband, a wearable wrist gear features design on lines of a wrist watch that is inbuilt with sensors to measure the biometric data of the user.  The Simband wrist band is not meant for commercial sale. It is designed and innovated by the brand to serve the role of a platform allowing wearable companies to improve their devices and corresponding algorithms of data processing. The wrist gear will be pre integrated with sensors that would serve multifaceted purposes of accelerometer, galvanic skin response sensor, ECG, gyroscope, multiple optical sensors that will allow measuring the wearer’s heart and pulse rate and a skin surface thermometer. The gear will also support wireless data transport via Bluetooth 4.0.  The reason highlighted by Samsung in innovating and designing the gear is to make wearable companies feel confident that they are developing devices on Samsung’s universal and comprehensive platform and are collecting data via highly accurate and robust sensors developed by Samsung. 

Original Post Samsung Simband to Help Companies Build Better Health Wearables source Twease
          Fujitsu develops palm veins based biometric authentication system         
In a bid to provide added security for accessing areas with sensitive data in computing environments that run SAP solutions, Fujitsu has developed an advanced biometric authentication system.  The system, called PalmSecure, is a system based on the biometric authentication of patterns of the palm veins. The system will prove to be highly reliable in the sense that it can prevent non-biometric, non-authorized access and keep data safe from former employees, hackers, auditors, consultants and others.      Incidents of hacking and cyber-fraud are on a continuous rise, requiring organizations to spend significant funds for tackling such incidences and their after-effects. Hackers are adopting increasingly sophisticated ways and improving their ability to steal data, cause targeted damage and even transfer funds. In a scenario like this, even the most complex passwords do not suffice the need for complete safety. Dual authentication makes hacked passwords useless, as Fujitsu’s new system does by requiring biometric credentials in addition to passwords.   But data sensitive companies are not only at risk of data theft from outside sources. Internal frauds are also a serious risk that needs to be addressed by companies.  This system from Fujitsu would be of immense use particularly in inventory, retail, purchase, payroll and other such critical areas of any organization. Other things also possible to keep track of with this system include the prevention of time and attention frauds very commonly made by employees in many organization. With the requirement of a biometric authentication, the incidences of buddy-punching, i.e. the case when employees punch-in their identity cards with a special tracker for each other.

Original Post Fujitsu develops palm veins based biometric authentication system source Twease
          Asuransi di Negeri Asing        

leiden yang muram

sore itu sore paling dramatis sepanjang minggu-minggu pertama saya di leiden. berjalan gontai keluar dari kantor asuransi zorg en zekerheid (ZZ), dengan mata berair nyaris mengalir di pipi. menengok ke kanan dan ke kiri seperti kehilangan arah di tempat asing sendirian. beruntung pandangan saya mengarah ke sebuah halte bis di sebelah kantor ZZ dan bis no 2 segera tiba di halte beberapa menit kemudian. keinginan saya cuma satu, segera sampai di kamar kos dan menangis selepas mungkin.

selain bis no 2, ada juga bis no 1 yang biasa saya naiki untuk sampai ke tempat kos. cuma karena kali ini saya tidak naik dari leiden centraal, saya masih belum yakin apakah bis ini mengarah ke tujuan yang sama. ini masih minggu-minggu pertama dan saya belum hafal betul jalan-jalan di sekitaran pusat kota. karena takut akan tersesat, di halte prinsessekade saya turun, dan saat itu saya baru sadar kalau bis sebenarnya akan menuju leiden centraal. halte tempat saya turun terletak di gang masuk ke centrum, dan hanya satu halte lagi akan sampai di centraal. ahh, sayang sekali. saya yang sedang sedih, jadi semakin sedih.

saya sudah benar-benar menangis, ketika berjalan menuju bangku di pinggir kanal. duduk sendirian sambil tersedu. sesekali perut saya bergerak, mendapat tendangan kecil dari dalam. oh malangnya nasibmu, nak. hampir tiga minggu tapi belum juga mendapat pelayanan kesehatan dari bidan atau dokter karena aplikasi asuransi yang tak kunjung selesai. dua kali berjalan kaki dari kampus ke kantor ZZ yang lumayan jauh tak juga mendapatkan hasil. saya meruntuki kebetulan-kebetulan, kenapa ketika pertama kali ke ZZ, residence permit belum jadi. kenapa juga data biometric saya bermasalah sehingga residence permit belum jadi begitu saya tiba di leiden. kenapa juga saya tidak mengerti kalau biometric bermasalah dan harusnya ke IND di rijswik, bukannya ke horfddrof. tidak ada selesainya saya menyesali sambil menangis.

sore itu, saya tiba-tiba terpikir untuk mengadukan masalah per-income-an dari ZZ yang notabene suplier insurance untuk kampus kepada international student desk (ISD) dan penanggung jawab kemahasiswaan PhD penerima beasiswa LPDP. pikir saya, harusnya sudah ada MoU dan kesepahaman bahwa tidak semua mahasiswa PhD mendapat income dari belanda, dan tidak menjadi persoalan lagi. saya juga heran, karena ternyata teman saya yang juga PhD beasiswa bisa diterima aplikasinya oleh ZZ lewat online, sementara kenapa aplikasi saya ditolak. rasanya, saya menjadi mahasiswa paling nelangsa seantero leiden.


setelah menangis di tepi kanal sore itu, saya jadi agak lega. pasti ada jalan, pikir saya. saya mulai mencari informasi, tentang asuransi yang tidak mempermasalahkan income dari belanda. saya browse lewat google dan menemukan website 'home in leiden'. saya iseng berkirim email, bertanya tentang asuransi kepada adminnya. saya juga bertanya kepada senior lain, yang pernah hamil di leiden, dan saya mendapatkan informasi tentang international insurance, juga public dan private dutch insurance. kebanyakan international insurance tidak mengkover biaya persalinan, berbeda dengan public atau private dutch insurance. hanya saja, public dutch insurance mensyaratkan kita mendapatkan income dari belanda, seperti ZZ. jadi, alternatifnya adalah mengirim aplikasi ke private dutch insurance.

saya mulai merasa tenang. sampai saya menerima email dari manager keuangan departemen yang mengabarkan kalau ia mendapat forward email dari 'home in leiden' tentang persoalan asuransi, dan ia memastikan langsung ke penanggung jawab kemahasiswaan, juga ke kantor ZZ. ia memang menawarkan bantuan untuk membuatkan endorsment letter untuk apply ke ZZ, tapi satu hal yang membuat saya kembali tidak tenang adalah semacam 'ultimatum' bahwa jika sampai akhir februari tidak mendapatkan asuransi, saya terpaksa harus pulang ke indonesia. ia juga menambahkan kalau ia mendapat laporan dari penanggung jawab kemahasiswaan, bahwa persoalan asuransi ini terjadi karena saya tidak tanggap dan cepat bergerak. oh my goodness. saya tentu saja kecewa, marah, juga sedih. merasa sudah disalahkan. padahal semua murni kebetulan karena aplikasi asuransi tergantung pada residence permit saya yang belum jadi.

ah tapi sudahlah. toh mereka, dari ISD juga koordinator kemahasiswaan tidak bisa membantu banyak. saya jadi tahu bahwa mereka tidak banyak mengerti tentang asuransi. response yang mereka berikan lewat email justru menyiratkan bahwa saya tidak punya harapan untuk mendapatkan asuransi di belanda karena kehamilan saya dan tidak adanya income. termasuk ibu manager keuangan. alih-alih memberikan alternatif asuransi, ia malah bertanya kepada saya, asuransi mana yang akan saya coba apply selain ZZ. untunglah saya sudah mendapatkan informasi tentang nama-nama asuransi lain, seperti ONVZ dan Allianz. dan ia membantu saya untuk apply asuransi ONVZ sore itu. meskipun tetap saja, keputusan tentang diterima atau tidaknya masih belum bisa dipastikan.

saya tidak berhenti dengan menunggu jawaban dari ONVZ yang membutuhkan waktu sekitar satu minggu. seorang senior memberitahu kalau ada asuransi bernama Interpolis dan ia memberikan diskon untuk pengguna rekening Rabobank. terdorong rasa ingin segera selesai dari persoalan asuransi, saya menelpon Interpolis yang nomornya saya dapat dari chatting dengan Rabobank. di luar dugaan, customer service yang berbicara dengan saya di ujung telepon dengan telaten menjawab setiap pertanyaan saya. jawabannya menyenangkan, terutama soal bahwa saya eligible untuk apply interpolis meskipun tidak mendapatkan income di belanda. ia bahkan menawarkan apakah akan langsung apply saat itu juga. oh my god, rasanya saya tidak percaya. mendengar tawaran itu mata saya berkaca-kaca, bahkan hampir menangis saking bahagianya. tapi saya tidak langsung apply. saya bertanya kepada manager keuangan, what should i do. katanya, semakin cepat saya mendapatkan asuransi akan semakin baik buat saya, dan ia akan membatalkan aplikasi saya ke ONVZ.

badai pasti berlalu

rasanya tiba-tiba mendung winter perlahan menghilang. berganti dengan matahari spring yang hangat dan penuh harapan. mendaftar asuransi Interpolis ternyata jauh lebih simpel karena cukup lewat telpon dan bagian CS yang mengisikan formulir asuransi dari ujung telpon. ia memberikan masukan tentang produk apa yang bisa saya pakai mengingat saya dalam keadaan hamil. setelah urusan administrasi selesai, ia kemudian menyambungkan saya ke bagian maternity care yang membantu saya mencari bidan dan kraamzorg atau perawat pasca melahirkan. ah, akhirnya nak, kamu akan mendapatkan pantauan kesehatan intensive dari bidan atau dokter di negeri asing ini.

berurusan dengan asuransi memang hal baru buat saya, dan saya mendapatkan pelajaran berharga tentang hal-hal administrasi di belanda. seperti temen saya bilang, urusan administrasi di belanda tidak bisa diselesaikan dengan negosiasi, akan tetapi ikuti hitam putih aturannya yang berlaku, dan tak perlu melibatkan banyak orang, misalnya dengan berkirim aplikasi secara online saja. memang benar. aplikasi yang saya ajukan dengan datang langsung ke kantor ZZ terkendala oleh pertanyaan income oleh staffnya, tapi beberapa hari berikutnya mereka menerima aplikasi yang saya kirimkan secara online. karena memang pada formulir pendaftaran tidak ada pertanyaan tentang income. saya bahkan sudah mendapatkan kiriman kartu asuransi dan tagihan premi yang saya forwardkan kepada manager keuangan sebagai bahan koreksi tentang ketidakkonsistenan ZZ. namun, karena nama saya sudah tercatat sebagai calon nasabah yang tidak eligible, saya pikir lebih baik mengancel asuransi ZZ dan tetap memakai Interpolis. Selain, karena penilaian saya terhadap ZZ yang plin-plan dan tidak konsisten berkaitan dengan eligibility calon nasabahnya. Lagi pula, asuransi tidak hanya ZZ, masih ada asuransi lain yang menurut saya tidak kalah lebih baik.

saya sama sekali tidak menyesal dengan skenario 'rumit' tentang asuransi yang harus saya lakonkan. sendiri mencoba selesaikan persoalan dengan berbagai cara, toh akhirnya bisa juga. saya hanya yakin bahwa Tuhan pasti sudah membekali kita dengan perangkat yang kita butuhkan selama melakonkan skenario itu. pemicunya hanya satu, "push your self to do because no one is willing to do it for you" (sipendob lpdp).

          Reino Unido passa a emitir Cartão de Identificação para estrangeiros com dados biométricos        
Identidade para estrangeiro contendo dados biométricos começa a ser confeccionada no centro do Home Office, em Croydon, a partir deste mês A partir do dia 28 de abril, o centro do Home Office – departamento de Imigração e de Fronteira … Continue reading
          Marvel Future Fight - How to be the best without cash?        
How to be the best without cash? 

Well, in a free to play game, there is no way to be the best without cash since the best player got advantage to get the best items and exclusive rewards and characters.
So, your aim should be the best among the non-cash player.
But, it will take time before you reach the older players level.
So, just do your best everyday.

1. Complete daily and weekly challenges.
- Free gems - to buy uniforms
- Free energy - to do missions

2. Missions
- Daily mission - huge amount of coins and ISO-8
- Special mission - better character than common ones - Deadpool girl
- World boss - once you have become stronger with alot of 6 star character, you must start to beat them. World boss villains obtained are higher notch than your normal character. It is part of your end-game characters.
- Epic mission - to get Dr.Strange - this is a very long and costly missions but very worthy. Dr.Strange skill is capable to stop time even if against bosses which cannot be done by other characters.

3. Arena
- The platform to compete other character according to your rank.
- At end of the week, you will be rewarded with gem according to your rank.

4. Dimension rift
- Try to add higher level friends or guild and join them. Cash players dimension rift has more rewards than common no-cash players.
- Aim for Loki. Loki is a valuable character to beat alliance battle.

5. Alliance battle
- Obtain a lot of coins and norn stones
- Every day will have different character requirement
- Your character is better equipped with healing Obelisk or ISO-8 set to take on the battle

6. Co-op play 
- Not really good reward if you are non cash player because you will get only one reward. Cash players will get more reward.

7. Battleworld
- Normally, this will be unlocked during weekend or special event.
- You should try to aim as high as possible for both battleworld but focus more on obtaining 'dimension chest' character than common ones because it is normally take cash to obtain huge amount of character biometrics.

8. World boss invasion 
- For me, this is a better place to spend your energy on than doing missions.
- You can get more character biometrics from this than doing missions. Moreover, the biometric you get could be rare ones (dimension chest). For any biometric that can be obtained from missions, you should consider it as common character.
- Substantial amount of coins and biometric if you luckily get legendary chest.

9. Shadowland
- You have to try to think which characters for each floors according to your strength.
- Do note that every 5 floor, you will get biometric reward so try your best to get every 5th floor.

10. Characters to aim for:
- Sharon Rogers - from biometric reward
- Dr.Strange - from epic mission
- World boss - from biometric reward
- Odin - from last story mission chapter
- Loki - from dimension shift and battleworld
- Remember to buy uniform for your strong ones and those above.

          54350 Go Run 400 - Black/Black        
54350 Go Run 400 - Black/Black

54350 Go Run 400 - Black/Black

A lace up pair of trainers with a 5GEN(TM) midsole for comfort and response. Featuring a biometric design and breathable mesh uppers and Goga Run(R) technology that provides shock absorption and support. Finished with a sole that has GOimpluse sensors for responsive traction and ground feel.

          Airlines Should Decline to Participate in the Government’s Airport Face Recognition Program        
Given their role, the airlines have a responsibility to ensure that customers’ rights are respected

Last week, we wrote about U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)’s plans to apply face recognition to every traveler who exits the country, including Americans. One aspect of the scheme that we did not discuss was the role of the airlines. The airlines’ participation is significant because without it, the plan could not go forward, or at a minimum, its implementation would be significantly hampered.

Given their role, the airlines have a responsibility to ensure that customers’ rights are respected, yet they have not taken even some basic steps to fulfill this obligation. Until they have taken these steps—and received assurances from CBP that the agency will abide by certain privacy standards —they should not participate in these programs.

What is the role of the airlines?

CBP  has launched a “Traveler Verification Service” (TVS) that envisions applying face recognition to all airline passengers, including U.S. citizens, boarding flights exiting the United States. JetBlue and Delta have been working closely with CBP on the plan. “Delta is always willing to partner with the CBP,” a Delta spokesperson said in a corporate press release that also quoted a CBP official. JetBlue, in its press release announcing its intention to “collaborate” with CBP on the program, said it hoped to “make the boarding process simple and seamless for the traveler while enhancing U.S. national security.”

According to a DHS briefing that we attended last week, the agency is still working out which tasks will be performed by airlines’ personnel—including whether the government or the airlines will own and operate the cameras that perform the face matching. In the Jetblue pilot, DHS says that the airline owns and operates the cameras, and DHS is in conversations with Delta about a similar arrangement.  DHS also says the airlines do not keep copies of the photos for their own use, but that there’s nothing stopping them if they decide to start doing so.

Publicly, the airlines have largely framed their participation as an efficiency investment. JetBlue, for example, in its publicity and in uncritical media coverage, has cast the face recognition system as a matter of passenger convenience, with little mention of the program’s role in CBP’s larger biometric tracking vision. The company’s press release, for example, states that the company hopes “to learn how we can further reduce friction points in the airport experience,” with an airline executive claiming, “Self-boarding eliminates boarding pass scanning and manual passport checks. Just look into the camera and you’re on your way.”

However, customer convenience seems like a fig leaf for whatever is really going on. Given the high error rate of face recognition—especially with many passengers inevitably smiling and laughing, wearing hats, and otherwise interfering with the optimal operation of this technology—it’s hard to believe that boarding will be easier for passengers under this program than under the status quo, which involves the simple and easy act of scanning a highly reliable boarding pass barcode. CBP reports that in its tests so far the face recognition systems have had an error rate of around 4%, or 1 in 25 travelers, creating a disruptive process (disproportionately affecting African Americans and other groups) that we don’t see with bar code scans. Remember as well that the real bottleneck in loading passengers onto an aircraft takes place in the boarding bridge and aisles of an aircraft. Even if face recognition did prove to be slightly faster and easier than scanning a bar code, that wouldn’t get planes loaded any faster.

What should airlines do before further participating in the program?

Given the significant social ramifications of this program, the airlines should:

  • Provide transparency to their customers and demand that DHS do the same. JetBlue’s presentation of this program as a customer convenience threatens to leave many passengers in the dark about the true scope and purpose of the face recognition infrastructure. The airlines should be more upfront with their customers. Not one of the airlines has information available on their website explaining the program, its risks, or facts about face recognition including the potential for differential inaccuracies. For example, Jetblue’s one press release on this program includes only minimal information and does not even address whether and how individuals can opt out. Airlines should include clear information to customers in advance of their flight and in writing at the terminal.
  • Permit any passenger to opt out of the program.  There is no clarity regarding whether and how passengers can opt out of the face recognition program.  Some reporting has suggested the program is mandatory, the DHS Privacy Impact Assessment has ambiguous language, and the airlines have provided no additional information.  For example, the Jetblue release suggests that only people who opt in will have their picture taken, but it’s not clear that only passengers who explicitly indicate that they would like to participate are photographed. Even if that is the policy, it’s not clear that it won’t quickly become mandatory if this program expands. When asked about this during a DHS briefing, officials said they were unsure whether travelers were informed at the gate that they could opt out of the program and suggested that non-citizens did not have this option.  Given the invasiveness of this technology, all travelers should be permitted to decline participation in this program. Airlines should provide opt-out information to travelers in writing in advance, and in large signs upon boarding.  
  • Require clear Congressional authorization before expanding the program beyond the existing pilots: As we pointed out in our post last week, Congress has not explicitly authorized biometric exit for citizens. Congress has also not addressed the full scope of issues that come with use of face recognition, including how data should be treated. Airlines should decline to move forward with any expansion of the pilot without clear legislation from Congress—and reject any legal gymnastics DHS may employ to argue that such authorization is not needed.
  • Demand assurances from DHS that customers’ rights will be protected. Last week we pointed out that a face recognition biometric exit program raises various concerns, including that data will be used for other purposes, photos will be stored for longer than is necessary, and information will be placed in the hands of CBP, a law enforcement agency that too often demonstrates a disturbing disrespect for the law. To address these concerns, airlines should demand that any data collected be purged in a timely fashion and not used for other purposes. In addition, they should ensure that CBP does not use the data to take agency actions that raise civil rights concerns, and puts in place a robust complaint system to address violations of such policies.
  • Promise not to leverage this program for data collection. The precise operation of this program has not yet been settled upon, including whether the airlines will own and operate the cameras. As The Identity Project points out, the program will give airlines the chance to compile photographs or other data from passengers that they can’t now collect. CBP should ensure that can’t happen. If it doesn’t, the airlines should pledge not to retain any photographs of travelers, let alone use them for any other purposes, and should make such a pledge in legally binding privacy policies.
  • Agree to bear the cost of face recognition mismatches. What if someone gets pulled out of line or even misses their flight because of a face recognition matching failure? It hardly seems fair to make the individual pay the price for capricious and unpredictable failures by this inaccurate technology. Airlines should make clear to customers that they will compensate customers for any inconvenience caused by a face recognition error.

          What’s Wrong With Airport Face Recognition?         
A CBP program envisions applying face recognition to all passengers departing the United States, including Americans.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has launched a “Traveler Verification Service” (TVS) that envisions applying face recognition to all airline passengers, including U.S. citizens, boarding flights exiting the United States. This system raises very serious privacy issues.

What we know about this program comes from a privacy impact statement DHS issued on the program, and a briefing CBP Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner John Wagner gave to privacy advocates in Washington this week. CBP’s plan is to install cameras at boarding gates to take photos of, and apply face recognition to, all cross-border passengers at the boarding gate to their aircraft. Currently being operated in six airports around the country (Boston Logan, New York JFK, Dulles in D.C., Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta, Chicago O’Hare, and Bush in Houston), the TVS program is part of a larger program called “Biometric Entry/Exit.” That program is DHS’s attempt to comply with a congressional requirement that the agency use biometrics to keep track of visitors entering and exiting the United States, in order to identify individuals who overstay their visas.

The way the system works is that before departure, CBP obtains the passenger manifest for each flight, and then reaches through the government’s extensive, interconnected set of databases to assemble photographs on each passenger. Those include passport and visa photos as well as photos “captured by CBP during the entry inspection” and “from other DHS encounters.” The agency then compares face recognition templates (essentially, patterns) derived from those database photos to templates derived from live photographs taken by a camera at the boarding gate.

There are a number of very serious problems with this program from a privacy standpoint:

  • It utilizes the most dangerous biometric: face recognition. While Congress has directed CBP to collect biometrics from noncitizens as part of the entry/exit program, Congress did not specify which biometric the agency should use, and from a privacy perspective, face recognition is (along with iris recognition) the most dangerous biometric to use. That’s because it has greater potential for expansion and misuse: for example, you can subject thousands of people an hour to face recognition when they’re walking down the sidewalk without their knowledge, let alone permission or participation. You can’t do that with fingerprints. Face recognition databases could be plugged in to every surveillance camera in America, creating a giant infrastructure for government tracking and control. Wagner told me that the agency opted for face recognition instead of fingerprints because of the greater ease and practicality of the technology as well as the “optics of us taking fingerprints from people.” Of course, fingerprints do have a negative association in the public mind—but that’s because of their use in tracking and identifying accused criminals. And tracking and identifying is exactly what the photos are being used for here. If, as Wagner suggests, taking a photo seems more benign to the public, that’s only because the public’s intuitions about privacy have not caught up with what the technology can do. And fingerprints work fine in the context of international travel, as they are already used for the Global Entry frequent traveler program.
  • It normalizes face recognition as a checkpoint technology. Security technologies that are applied only at airports because of heightened government concerns about the security of air travel tend, over time, to expand outward into society. Magnetometers, for example, spread from airports to a wide variety of venues, including sports stadiums, government buildings, and even some high schools. That dynamic takes place partly because it socializes people to accept such technologies as normal and acceptable, and partly because government agencies and others push it outward in a futile quest for perfect security everywhere. Wagner said of face recognition, “I think this is where the technology is headed.” But “the technology” is not an autonomous, inevitable force; we as a society are in control, and can choose what to deploy and not to deploy. And we should not want to turn into a checkpoint society, where we are subject to ceaseless status and identity checks at every turn, constantly monitoring, evaluating, and sorting citizens into “go” and “no-go” categories. The ease of implementing face recognition makes that all-too-real a threat.
  • It will inevitably be subject to mission creep. Once CBP begins collecting biometrics from every person traveling across the border, including Americans, there is a significant likelihood that that practice will expand not only to new places but also for new purposes. For the moment, CBP says it will delete the live photos captured at the gate within 14 days for citizens, and that it only uses them to verify identity by comparing them with the database photos. But customs officials have already talked about dropping that restriction, saying only that “for now, we’re discarding that information.” How long before CBP begins holding them for longer periods of time, and using them for new purposes? Got a group of photos of wanted bank robbers, drug dealers, or, for that matter, reckless drivers? Why not run passengers’ photos against those databases and maybe catch a few?
  • Face recognition has a major reliability problem. The fact is, people’s faces don’t stay the same, and people look like each other—not only identical twins but also complete strangers. Studies also show that face recognition suffers from higher error rates when trying to match the faces of African Americans, raising the prospect of yet another racial injustice in our society. There are also higher error rates for women and children. Even changes in expression can render the technology inaccurate, which is why Americans are not allowed to smile in their passport photos. Wagner said that tests so far have found a 4% false negative rate. That means one in 25 people will be told by the machine, “sorry, you’re not who you claim to be.” Those people will then be sent to a CBP officer at the gate for visual comparison with their passport photo (American citizens) or fingerprints or other checks (visitors). But if this program scales up, the logistics of making a CBP officer available at every gate to examine that 4% of rejected passengers would be a major obstacle. On the other hand, Wagner suggested the agency might let airline workers do the check, which means zero change from how things are already being done. Overall, it seems very strange for the government to be going all-in on a technology with such a high inaccuracy rate. And Wagner’s 4% number was provided without evidence; the government should make its face-matching algorithms public so that independent studies can be made of their reliability, including ethnic and other differences in that reliability.
  • It is fundamentally unnecessary and wastes taxpayer money. In the United States, all arriving passengers pass through a CBP checkpoint, but there is no infrastructure of CBP checkpoints through which departing passengers must pass, as there is in Europe and a number of other countries. That means creating a system to collect biometrics from exiting travelers is a hugely complex and expensive new enterprise. That is one reason why DHS has in the past resisted Congress’s naive obsession with using sexy biometrics technology and argued that a full biometric exit tracking system is unnecessary, because using just biographic data (name, DOB, etc) from the information systems DHS already has in place to track exactly who is on an aircraft was enough to satisfy Congress’s goal of tracking visa overstays. As with any technology, boosters can always cite scenarios where biometrics will prevent problems, such as imposters flying under another person’s name. But (as with any technology) the proper question is how widespread and how harmful are those scenarios, and what are the costs and downsides of measures to prevent it. DHS has already spent billions on programs such as Real ID supposedly to prevent imposters, and in light of the downsides discussed above, the cost-benefit calculus here makes no sense. Since face recognition is highly unreliable, the only thing the billions spent on this program will achieve is whatever marginal improvement in detection there may be between machine and human effectiveness in matching faces—a highly uncertain benefit. Especially since for 4% of travelers the matching will probably be done the way it already is—manually by a human being.
  • This system is being built in the context of an agency with a troubling record. This is not a technology being deployed by an agency with a history of behaving well. CBP has a terrible track record of use-of-force and other incidents of abuse, and external reports have found a continuing pattern of poor oversight and training of agents as well as a “culture of impunity and violence.” It is an agency that lacks oversight, due process, and transparency, and—though it is our nation’s largest police force—refuses to be held accountable to basic 21st century police best practices. You would think that the agency charged with guarding our borders would not harass people who are leaving the country, but you would be wrong. The creation of an institutional CBP presence where there has never been one before (at the gates of departing aircraft) raises the prospect that the kinds of abuses we have seen at other borders will spread to this new context, and people will be unfairly sanctioned without the kind of due process that they would normally receive, such as the right to go before a judge. For example, someone wrongly suspected of a visa overstay may be pressured into signing papers by an agent at the gate that results in a 10-year ban from returning to the United States. The system, Wagner said, will include the ability for CBP to tag someone for various reasons for official intervention at the gate.

Given all of these serious social implications, one of the biggest problems with the program is that it hasn’t been authorized by Congress. Considering the significance of applying face recognition to the entire American cross-border traveling population, we should expect CBP to subject the program to the full democratic process. To the contrary, as Harrison Rudolph from the Georgetown Center on Privacy & Technology put it, “Congress has passed Biometric Exit bills at least nine times. In each, it has been clear: This is a program meant for foreign nationals. In fact, when President Trump issued an executive order in January on Biometric Exit, it was actually reissued to clarify that it didn’t apply to American citizens.” Unfortunately, based on the briefing provided to advocates, CBP seems to believe that even a nationwide rollout of their pilot wouldn’t require separate Congressional authorization. But this program is clearly not what Congress contemplated, and should be subject to a vigorous public debate that allows members of Congress to weigh the privacy impact and other costs of the new proposal against its purported benefits.

It should be noted that the narrow data-privacy impact of this system is different than some other face recognition deployments. When the technology is deployed, say, on the street, it may collect several kinds of information that its operator does not already possess: (1) photographs of subjects’ faces; (2) their identity, if those photographs can be matched to others; and (3) the time and place where they were seen. In the case of this program focused on international travelers, however, CBP already has all of that information. They have access to the passenger manifests and already know exactly who is departing the country on each flight. And, they already have access to a photograph of each traveler. CBP does run each traveler against an opaque computerized risk assessment engine called the Automated Targeting System, which we at the ACLU have been criticizing for years—but it does that irrespective of whether a passenger’s photo is taken at the gate.

That said, as we have seen there are plenty of significant and problematic societal implications of this program. The biggest from a privacy perspective is that it represents a major step—probably the most major yet—in placing the United States on the road toward widespread use of face recognition as a technology for tracking and control, and for very little gain. Congress and CBP should end it.

          Army Reveals Afghan Biometric ID Plan; Millions Scanned, Carded by May         
President Hamid Karzai has yet to sign on. But the “Afghan Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has already secured a $122 million contract for the database development and printing of cards in support of that plan,” Osbourne adds.
          New Zealanders wary of wearable biometrics: Unisys        
Unisys Security Index researchers looked at how comfortable New Zealanders are with biometrics and wearable computer devices. That’s the technical name for biometric hardware like health bands and other kit that measures medical data. It also covers smart watches and products like Google Glass. When there’s a clear benefit, New Zealanders are happy with the […] New Zealanders wary of wearable biometrics: Unisys
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          Clear lanes to shut down at Hartsfield-Jackson - Portland Business Journal:
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I hate the world-wide internet
or: What to make of fan fiction featuring yourself?

I really don't know what to think of DARPA.

They can be strange characters, that is for sure.

I'll never forget that weekly movie-night get-together institution established by yours truly and some favored DOD buds (one time we put up a "no State department surrender-monkeys!!!" sign on the front door but we had to take it down when Bolton got his ridiculous handlebar facial ornament in a twirl over being called a "surrender-monkey." That incident almost got him as pissed off as when we wouldn't stop teasing him about being dubbed "human scum" by the North Koreans).

We decided to invite our geeky brethren to watch "Minority Report" and indulge in those first-class dark-chocolate brownies that you can only get at Trader Joes (yes, I understand that there must be making some kind of sin against the conservative god by patronizing a store famous for clerks in Hawaiian shirts and food stuffs with a minimum of 10 grams of insoluble fiber per serving... well, I am a rich man, but even I cannot keep up with the volume of wine that Wolfy can go through, so I must stock up on the "two-buck-chuck" Charles Shaw shiraz before he darkens my door. The wine is taking a toll: did you know that Wolfy is only 35? Not even Jerry Garcia aged so badly. But alas, if you are going to ride the night train, my friend, then you must pay the toll).

Feith and I were having a swell time heckling that diminutive follower of Lafayette Ronald Hubbard, that actor who has confused good acting with a "intense" stare from piercing eyes that have been subjected to hundreds of $1000/hour hypnosis sessions. The infamous Top Gun, Tom Cruise!

Ha! Maybe Rupert will buy the rights for that fatuous waste of silver-nitrate and I'll be able to submit my own director's cut:

Scene 1. Gratuitous Cruise Shot.

Scene 2. Cruise sucked into jet turbine, becomes a very finely ground grade B actor-meat smoothie with overtones of high-volatility petrochemical.

But back to the issue at hand!

We weren't five minutes into that "film" until the backroom boys were zapping each other's retinas with their pocket-laser-pointers. I'm sure that can't be very good for them, but I knew their eyesight was being sacrificed for the future of biometrics. Later on we were more than convinced our guests were afflicted with Asberger's when one asked me if I "I am sorry to bother you but do you have a sterile room suitable for surgery and a small supply of simple electronic components? We are interested in the implications of subcortical stimulation using timed charges delivered to produce controlled artificial sensations of reality. Also, we will have to converse with Marvin Minsky. May we check if he exists at his home by telephonic means? Do your religious views prohibit us from using laboratory animals in what may be mortality-inducing experiments? If so, we can relocate to the garage. Elseif we will perform said experiments in your house."

As you can imagine, I was a little alarmed. Rat blood is so hard to clean up, even with scotch-guarded rugs.

However, Feith convinced me that had these geeks not been allowed to take apart every lamp and television in McGeorge Bundy's house, the first model of the internet may not have been created.

So we let them play. But next time, we will now better, for we now know what dark fruits their brilliance will bear!

Well, my beloved audience, I was ready to hop into a time machine and make sure the internet never happened after I "googled" myself. I saw something that was at first disturbing, then surreal, then somewhat arousing, then physically reminiscent of that first glass of cheap red wine consumed on an empty stomach at the age of ten (I could have sworn that I lost my frontal lobe from the vomiting).

You will not believe it, but there is such a thing as "Neo-con Slash literature."

All the followers of Bloom and Strauss were there, and we were performing amazing acts on one another, some familiar, some that I had to look up on various erotic sites.

The quality (and I use this word with reservation) of the writings varied. I thought the one where a younger Rumsfeld and I were technicians in a ICBM silo beneath the soils of Nebraska was quite good. We pass the long hours by telling each other our deepest secrets... when one day the call comes: we have to deploy our prodigious payload to protect the United States. We hold hands and turn the keys as we realize we have 20 minutes to express our secret feelings for one another. What ensues is an illustrated(!) graphic novel executed in gratuitous detail. I'll leave the rest to your imagination.

Well, if that was one side of the quality-spectrum rainbow, the following story was on the other.

I was reminded of grade-school literature: strings of declaratives executed in a simple vocabulary. I can't do it any justice, here are some excerpts.

Somewhere secret, in one of the deep dark depths of the pentagon:

[Perle] and Bolton once had a fling, but Dick dumped him for growing a moustache.

"When you toss my salad, I can't tell where I end and you begin," he had offered as a reason, but now working so close to him had rekindled the flame.

"Twat's that you say? I cunt hair you. I have got an ear infucktion, SIR!" said Cambone, laughing and almost falling out of his chair onto his cute, tight ass.

Wolfie wondered: how long had it been since he had even sucked a cock? The last was a "quickie" blow in the Safeway bathroom with the lights off-- don't ask, don't tell.

"Yes, Secretary. I can feel the lust and the distraction he is feeling in his horniness," Krauthammer said. "He is in definite need of a good porking."

"Well go on boy! Serve your country by servicing him! Double-time!", Cheney exclaimed, "Hallelujah!"

"This isn't any position you'll read about in Men's Health: They call it the J. Edgar Hoover, and there's a reason its classified."

"Ohhhh, sssssss, ahhhhhh," he moaned and groaned, as mini-orgasms exploded like cluster bombs hitting the earth.

"Shit, shit, shit! Fuck, piss, shit! Fuck! Piss! Shit! Fuck, fuck, fuck! Piss, piss, piss! Shit, shit, shit! FUCK!"
Perle sighed to himself privately as he thought: "When I say 'Talk dirty to me'', I don't mean this. After all this time you should know what I want... talking about Israeli tanks rolling into Tehran sent me to the moon." Perle began to fret as the wondered: "Do we even know each other anymore?"

Wolfy began soaping. He soaped his arms and chest. Then he soaped his cock and reached around to soap his ass. Then he reached down to soap up his legs. That was the moment Perle had been waiting for, and he entered the shower.
"Surprise!" A very horny Dick said as he boned young Wolfie up the ass. "Who's the Ubermensch now, huh?"

"Arrrgh! What the fuck?!" Cheney exclaimed as his load shot in his pants. He hoped the rest of the NSC wouldn't suspect anything. The news of Baghdad's fall were stirring, to say the least.

"A handy modification of the neural stimulator, Chief," Cheney said, grinning widely. "Poindexter, your state of the art sex toys are worth their weight in gold."

[Don't drink anything before reading this one]
"Ungggh, hunnnhhh,"
... After the climax
he pounded the ground with his fists and ripped the head off his burning penis.

          Home Office Biometrics mulls fingerprint tech procurement feasibility        
Potential suppliers are being sought to help determine existing marketplace capacity to provide fingerprint devices and capture software for use with frontline law enforcement
          (USA-CT-RIDGEFIELD) Associate Director, Compliance Business Partner I or II - Medicine & Innovation Unit (Clinical Operations)        
Boehringer Ingelheim is an equal opportunity global employer who takes pride in maintaining a diverse and inclusive culture. We embrace diversity of perspectives and strive for an inclusive environment which benefits our employees, patients and communities. _Candidate will be hired at the level commensurate with experience_ **Description:** The primary responsibilities include: + To assist in the development, implementation, and continuous improvement of an effective compliance program for all business activities within the Medicine Business Unit; + To support the risk assessment and analysis process to continuously evaluate risk areas and priorities to guide new Compliance efforts. + To act as a business partner to the Medicine Business Unit to provide assistance and advice on daily operations and ensure appropriate compliance controls and training, as well as investigations of non-compliant activity and corrective action for identified business activities. + To work closely with other teams within the Ethics and Compliance Department to ensure consistent application and implementation of identified compliance controls, training, monitoring, and auditing. + In particular, this position will provide compliance business partner support for the Clinical Operations, Quality Medicine, Biometrics & Data Services, Medical Sourcing, Epidemiology, Pharmacovigilance, Clinical Development Medical Affairs Immunology, Biosimilars and CNS departments within the Medicine Business Unit. As an employee of Boehringer Ingelheim, you will actively contribute to the discovery, development and delivery of our products to our patients and customers. Our global presence provides opportunity for all employees to collaborate internationally, offering visibility and opportunity to directly contribute to the companies' success. We realize that our strength and competitive advantage lie with our people. We support our employees in a number of ways to foster a healthy working environment, meaningful work, diversity and inclusion, mobility, networking and work-life balance. Our competitive compensation and benefit programs reflect Boehringer Ingelheim's high regard for our employees. **Duties & Responsibilities:** + Participates in strategic planning for applicable organizational activities with the goal of providing compliance expertise and advice to ensure planning is efficient and considers compliance issues up-front. Also provides day-to-day support, advice and problem-solving expertise to applicable businesses to ensure business operations are conducted in full compliance with all relevant policies and procedures. Develops resources for applicable business areas, as needed, to help meet their respective compliance business needs. Monitors the external environment and recommends improvements to the company's compliance program based on identified industry best practices. + Serve as a “single point of accountability” for assigned Medicine business partners and provide compliance expertise and guidance, including the business acumen necessary to develop alternative solutions to achieve business objectives and enable decision-making that stays within ethical boundaries while still optimizing business performance. This includes participating in business partner initiatives and programs, attending relevant business and departmental meetings, answering ad hoc compliance questions, and advising on health care provider engagements, etc. + Acts as a liaison with BI GmbH business and compliance colleagues to influence the conduct of global activities that implicate US laws and regulations. + Assesses training needs for assigned Medicine business partners, provides input into training plans, and collaborates with appropriate individuals to develop training content, acting as subject matter expert for business area. Facilitates and delivers training as appropriate. Educates business groups in a way that closes knowledge gaps and addresses larger trends. + Collaborates with personnel responsible for auditing plans to execute the auditing plan, including developing and executing action plans for identified CAPAs (Corrective and Preventative Actions) and monitoring established controls after implementation. Analyzes auditing results to recommend improvements in Compliance or business operations. Supports other activities of the Medicine and Innovation Unit compliance team, including risk assessment and strategic planning, training and communication, health care provider interaction initiatives (i.e., implementation of fair market value, Sunshine Act requirements), and development of ethical business culture. + Collaborate with internal Ethics and Compliance Department team members to identify areas of compliance risk in respective business areas, including but not limited to topics related to the principles of scientific exchange and promotion, health care provider engagements, Transparency & Disclosure, CIA, Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption (ABAC), and ensure that systems, policies, procedures, training and other resources are coordinated to mitigate risk to impacted business areas. Effectively communicate and collaborate with Ethics and Compliance Department team members to ensure business and compliance objectives are met. Assist business in remediating findings from investigations, audits, monitoring and other compliance assessments, keep applicable Ethics and Compliance Department members apprised of relevant information from investigation review committees, CAPAs, and day to day business issues that impact compliance initiatives. + Results oriented; demonstrates strong business partnering skills, flexibility and accountability in helping to find and implement ethical and compliant solutions to new and complex challenges. _Candidate will be hired at the level commensurate with experience_ **Requirements for Associate Director, Compliance Business Partner I:** + Bachelor’s degree is required. + One (1) to three (3) years’ experience leading employees and projects. + Minimum of five (5) years Pharma and/or related experience. **Desired Experience, Skills & Abilities for Associate Director, Compliance Business Partner I :** + Minimum of five (5) years Pharma experience, including experience in at least two of the following areas: + Medical or R&D Compliance (Medical/Research/Development) + Clinical Operations + Quality Medicine (GCP compliance) + Biometrics & Data Services (bio-statistical function) + Medical Sourcing + Epidemiology + Pharmacovigilance + Clinical Development Medical Affairs Departments for Immunology, Biosimilars and CNS **Requirements for Associate Director, Compliance Business Partner II:** + Bachelor’s degree and/or Master’s in Law or related field + Strong performance history, including five (5) to eight (8) years or similar business experience in a pharmaceutical, biotech or life sciences setting and two (2) to five (5) years of prior experience in compliance, regulatory and/or other compliance- related role. + One (1) to three (3) years leadership and project management experience + Strong interpersonal and management skills and experience. + Demonstrated ability to critically analyze and assess business and regulatory information and effectively communicate up, down and across the organization. + Leadership experience and results orientation. + Proven ability to lead and influence diverse groups. Performs all Company business in accordance with all regulations (e.g. EEO, FDA, OSHA, PDMA, EPA, PhRMA, etc.) and Company policies and procedures. When violations are noted/observed they are to be immediately reported to management. Demonstrates high ethical and professional standards with all business contacts in order to maintain BIPI’s excellent reputation within the medical and pharmaceutical community. **Eligibility Requirements:** + Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction. + Must be willing to take a drug test and post-offer physical (if required) + Must be 18 years of age or older **Our Culture:** Boehringer Ingelheim is one of the world’s top 20 pharmaceutical companies and operates globally with approximately 50,000 employees. Since our founding in 1885, the company has remained family-owned and today we are committed to creating value through innovation in three business areas including human pharmaceuticals, animal health and biopharmaceutical contract manufacturing. Since we are privately held, we have the ability to take an innovative, long-term view. Our focus is on scientific discoveries and the introduction of truly novel medicines that improve lives and provide valuable services and support to patients and their families. Employees are challenged to take initiative and achieve outstanding results. Ultimately, our culture and drive allows us to maintain one of the highest levels of excellence in our industry. We are also deeply committed to our communities and our employees create and engage in programs that strengthen the neighborhoods where we live and work. Boehringer Ingelheim, including Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Boehringer Ingelheim USA, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA, Inc., Merial Barceloneta, LLC and Boehringer Ingelheim Fremont, Inc. is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; nationality; marital, domestic partnership or civil union status; sex, gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; disability; veteran or military status, including protected veteran status; domestic violence victim status; atypical cellular or blood trait; genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing) or any other characteristic protected by law. Boehringer Ingelheim is firmly committed to ensuring a safe, healthy, productive and efficient work environment for our employees, partners and customers. As part of that commitment, Boehringer Ingelheim conducts pre-employment verifications and drug screenings. *LI-SF1 *I-SF1 **Organization:** _US-BI Pharma/BI USA_ **Title:** _Associate Director, Compliance Business Partner I or II - Medicine & Innovation Unit (Clinical Operations)_ **Location:** _Americas-United States-CT-Ridgefield_ **Requisition ID:** _1610059_
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          Bilingual Medical Assistant (Biometrics) - The Wonderful Company LLC - Lost Hills, CA        
Self-directed with the ability to work with little direct supervision. Travel to various locations in the Central Valley and Los Angeles (30-60%) to administer...
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          Un chip nella tua mano        
Marco Cedolin

Avevamo analizzato in un articolo di alcuni anni fa il mondo della tecnologia Rfid, le sue potenzialità ed il suo tanto progressivo quanto silenzioso ingresso nelle nostre vite.
L'inserimento di chip sottocute per svolgere uno svariato numero di funzioni è ormai da tempo una realtà in continua evoluzione, ma sembra ancora lontano dal dilagare nella società, grazie alla riluttanza della maggioranza della popolazione a subire innesti all'interno del proprio corpo e al fatto che chi propone questo tipo di tecnologia non ha ancora deciso di usare in maniera concreta il ricatto occupazionale, l'unica arma veramente in grado di farlo diventare un fenomeno di massa....

Un piccolo passo in questo senso sembra lo stia facendo la compagnia del Wisconsin Three Square Market, un' azienda che disegna software per i locali all’interno degli uffici dove gli impiegati vanno nei momenti di pausa.

Il primo di agosto quasi tutti i suoi 50 dipendenti (naturalmente su base volontaria) sono stati invitati ad un "chip party" durante il quale oltre a gozzovigliare con un menù a base di quegli snack che l'azienda distribuisce nelle macchinette, riceveranno un microchip che verrà impiantato nello spazio sopra al palmo della mano che sta fra il pollice e l’indice.

Il chip, prodotto dalla BioHax International, azienda svedese specializzata in sensori biometrici, sarà grande come un chicco di riso, costa 300 dollari e usa la tecnologia Rfid. Servirà per "timbrare il cartellino", aprire la porta dell'ufficio, accendere il computer e naturalmente acquistare gli snack all'interno dei distributori automatici.

Il ceo dell'azienda, che diventerà la prima compagnia americana ad adottare questa tecnologia, assicura che il chip non permetterà di seguire gli spostamenti dei dipendenti, non essendo munito di tecnologia gps e che la privacy sarà tutelata dal momento che le informazioni in esso contenute risultano criptate. E non esiste motivo di dubitare delle sue parole, così come del fatto che i dipendenti abbiano aderito su base volontaria, anche se diventa difficile immaginare la prospettiva di una fulgida carriera qualora si decida di non sposare quella che è la filosofia dell'azienda.

Resta il fatto che il chicco di riso in questione può contenere informazioni di qualsiasi tipo, da quelle bancarie a quelle sanitarie e, qualora munito di gps, permette senza alcun problema il tracciamento dei movimenti del soggetto che porta l'impianto, l'ascolto delle sue conversazioni e molto altro ancora.
Fortunatamente i pensieri più reconditi restano ancora un'isola incontaminata, ma in quell'ambito anticipando ogni chip stanno lavorando con solerzia Fiano e la Boldrini.

          Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs TAC Massive Recruitment 2012        
Directorate of Technical Aid Corps, Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja, invites applications from suitably qualified Nigerians for the recruitment into the Nigerian Aid Corps Scheme for the 2012 - 2014 Biennium.

The Technical Aid Corps (TAC) scheme is a viable volunteer programme operated by an African country across ACP countries. From independence, aid and technical assistance have been at the core of Nigeria’s foreign policy objectives.

TAC began in 1987 to complement direct financial aid from Nigeria to ACP countries through skills exchange towards strengthening international understanding and cooperation.

The Federal Government of Nigeria in 1987 established the Nigerian Technical Aid Corps (TAC) scheme as a foreign policy tool that would serve specific national interests.

The statute establishing the scheme - Decree 27 – was signed into a law on 22 January 1993 and officially documented on 5 May 1993, thus giving it a legal backing and framework.

As an instrument of Nigeria’s foreign policy, the TAC programme is an alternative to direct financial aid for African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) nations.

It is designed, not only to provide manpower assistance in all fields of human endeavour, but to also represent a practical demonstration of South-South cooperation. (South-South refers to underdeveloped and developing countries in the southern hemisphere).

Key objectives of the scheme are:
  • Sharing Nigeria’s know-how and expertise with other ACP countries
  • Giving assistance on the basis of assessed and perceived needs of recipient countries
  • Promoting cooperation and understanding between Nigeria and recipient countries
  • Facilitating meaningful contact between youths of Nigeria and those of recipient countries
  • Complementing other forms of assistance to ACP countries
  • Ensuring a streamlined programme of assistance to other developing countries
  • Acting as a channel through which South-South collaboration is enhanced
  • Establishing a presence in countries which, for economic reasons, Nigeria has no resident diplomatic mission.
Nigeria Technical Aid Corps (TAC) Massive Volunteer Recruitment 2012

Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified Nigerian professionals for the recruitment into the Nigerian Aid Corps Scheme for the 2012 – 2014 Biennium. The scheme is designed to provide manpower assistance in specific area, on request, from African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. Prospective candidates are therefore expected to be highly competent in their respective professions and of impeccable character. Applications are invited from the following professionals:

1.) Medicine

Professionals needed include General Practitioners, Cardiologists, Orthopaedic Surgeons, Pathologists, Pharmacologists, Hematologists, Histopathologists, Surgeons, Micro-biologists, Radiologists/CT-Scan, Urologists, Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Paediatricians, Psychiatrics, Forensic, Medicine, Physicians, Epidemiologists, Entomologists, Dermatologists, Neurologists, Anesthesiologists, Plastic Surgeons, Physiologists, Anatomists, Physiotherapists, Ophthalmic Retinal Surgeons, Optometrists, Occupational Therapists, Dentists, Endoscopists, Pharmacists, Radiographers, Radiologists, Laboratory Technologists, Laboratory Technicians, X-Ray Technicians, Chemical Pathologists, Medical Electronic Engineers, Lep/TB Specialists or MO with Lep/TB Background, Health Planners/Administrators and Clinical Chemists

2.) Nursing and Midwifery:

Midwives, Nurse Anaesthetists, Psychiatric Nurses, Theatre Nurses, Nurse Tutors, OR-Nurse and Public Health Nurses. Etc

3.) Teaching:

Teachers in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, English Language, Agriculture, History, Christian Religious Knowledge, Islamic Religious Knowledge, General Education, Home Economics, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Economics, Arts & Crafts, General Science, Vocational/Technical Education, Food Science Technology, Hotel Service, Tourism Studies specializing in travel operations, Special Education, Educational Administration, Educational Psychology, Curriculum Development, Childhood Education, Technical drawing, Economics, Business Education, Marketing, Purchasing, Banking and Finance, Accounting, Information technology, Geography and Health Science.

4.) Lecturers:

Lecturers in English Language, African Literature, Modern African History, English Literature, Linguistics, Theatre Arts, Library Science, Statistics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Architecture, Textile & Weaving, Music, Art & Crafts, Quantity Surveying, Land Surveying, Chemical Pathology, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mass Communication, Organic Chemistry, Banking and Finance, Accounting, Business Administration, Coaches/Instructors, in Football, Basketball, Boxing, Athletics, Physical Education, Biochemistry, Computer Programming & Technology, Geography, Sociology and Social work, Anthropology, History, Genetics, Botany, Zoology, International Relations, Comparative Government/Politics, International Law, Policy Analysis, Urban/Regional Economics, Urban Transportation Planning, Planning Theory, Environmental Planning, System Dynamics & Technology Policy, Research & Planning, Educational Administration, Curriculum Development, Testing and Evaluation, Educational Psychology, General Agriculture, Soil Science, Animal Science, Agriculture
Economics, Wood science, Forest Science, Bio-diversity, (Environmental Management), Criminal Law, Torts, Family Law, Legal Research, Labour Law, Human Rights, Beef Cattle Production, Water resources, Animal Ecology, Rangeland management, Irrigation Agronomy, Tropical seed, Technology, Biometrics, Crop Protection, Plant Biotechnology, Cooperatives, Economics, Econometrics, Natural Resource Economics, Environmental Economics/Policy, Experimental Physics, Theoretical Physics, Bio-statistics ecology, Food Microbiology, Entomology, Environmental Microbiology/ Biotechnology, Vector Biology/ Parasitology, Quality Assurance and Laboratory management, Toxicology.

5.) Engineering:

Water resource/Hydraulic, Thermal Machine Design, Industrial, Manufacturing, Mineral Processing, Agriculture, Mining, Geology, Electronics, Automobile, Communication, Microelectronics, Road and Transport, Applied Mechanics, Computer, Highway, Electronics or Nuclear Physics, Sanitary, Food Technology, Process Control and Instrumentation, Chemical process, Re-inforced Concrete, Control System, Plant Layout and Production Planning, Engineering Materials, Garment Technology, Fashion Design, Textile Chemical Process, Quality Control in Textile, Physical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Geo-physics.

6.) Health Science:

Surgery, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, radiology, Pharmacology, Pharmacognosy, Biopharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Technology, Human
Anatomy, Stress Physiology, Embryology, Histology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Adult Care Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing, Dental health, Physical pharmacology, Pharmacology, Community health science, Psychiatrist/Mental health, Occupational health specialist, Immunology, Haematology, Chemical Nursing (Medical surgical), Peadiatric Nursing, Public nursing, Midwifery nursing, Environmental/occupational hygiene, Anesthesiology, Pychiatry, Pharmaceutical Analysis, Medicinal Chemistry.

7.) Veterinary:

Anatomy, Farm animal anatomy, Physiology, Immunology/Phraseology, Animal Health.

8.) Others:

Production management (with engineering background), Management science, materials Management, Management Economics, Public/Social Service/Industrial Economics, Cooperative Studies; (Theory and Practice, Legal systems, Organization and Management, Agric Cooperative Management, Auditing and Accounting), Business communication, Risk Management and Insurance, Hotel and Tourism Management, Hotel Food Production, Hotel Economics, Management Information Systems, Accounting Information Systems, Auditing Zoology.

9.) Law:

Lawyers, Prosecutors, Magistrates and Legal Draughtsmen.

10.) Agriculture:

Doctors of Veterinary Medicine, Agric Extension and Development Officers, Nutritionists, Agronomists, Livestock production Experts, Horticulture.

11.) Artisans:

Carpentry and Joinery, Plumbing, Welding, Automobile Mechanics, Brick-laying, Tailoring and Vulcanizing.

  • Candidates must be in possession of a First degree or its equivalent in designated disciplines from recognized universities.
  • They must have at least 3 years post NYSC experience.
  • Candidates applying as Artisans must possess Full City and Guilds certificate and other professional certificates in their respective trades.
  • Additional higher degree as well as ability to communicate in French, Spanish and Portuguese Languages may be an added advantage.
  • Lecturers in all disciplines must possess PhD or Masters degree with a minimum of 5 years lecturing experience.
  • Knowledge of ICT is compulsory.
Closing Date:
14th November, 2012

Method of application:

A typewritten application should be submitted to the Directorate with the following details:
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Photocopies of Certificates
  3. Photocopy of NYSC discharge Certificate/Exemption certificate
  4. Testimonials
  5. All foreign certificates are to be authenticated by the Federal Ministry of Education.
Applications should be addressed to:
The Director/CEO
Directorate of Technical Aids Corps
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
No. 35, Alex Ekwueme Way,
Cadastral Zone Jabi District,
Abuja, FCT.
P.M.B 102,
Garki Main Post Office,
Abuja, FCT.

Note: - Candidates who had previously undergone orientation are still eligible and therefore need not apply. Applications would not be entertained after closing date.

Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs Technical Aid Corps (TAC) Recruitment 2012

          MasterCard 推出需要指紋辨識後才能使用的信用卡        
從「MasterCard's New Credit Card Will Come With a Fingerprint Scanner」這邊看到的: 金融產業一向是被逼了以後才會做的 (因為本來就賺的好好的,而且帶有壟斷性質): But MasterCard is now teaming up with biometric tech company Zwipe to prevent people from paying for items this way with stolen credit cards.
          World-first mobile biometrics console at Securex        

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Image by 123RF</span>Local biometrics firm Ideco will showcase its new all-in-one mobile biometrics unit at Securex from 24-26 May 2016. The solution was recently launched at the connectID 2016 conference and expo in Washington, US.
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          Delta Passengers at DCA Now Able to Board Planes Using Fingerprints As Boarding Pass        
Delta Air Lines announced that it expanded its biometric check-in functionality at Washington Reagan National Airport to allow passengers to use their fingerprints in lieu of a using boarding pass to board a plane. The airline had launched a pilot program at the airport in May that allowed eligible members of Delta’s SkyMiles loyalty program to use fingerprints to gain entry to the Delta Sky Club instead of using a boarding ...
          Bimetric sau nu? This is the question...        

Biserica are (in sfarsit) o pozitie publica cu privire la mult disputatele pasapoarte biometrice. Intr-o declaratie de presa, purtatorul de cuvant al Patriarhiei a explicat ca "666 e totusi doar o cifra, nu inseamna ca daca e scrisa pe un gard si trecem pe acolo e o problema", ca "Biserica se dezice de atitudinile si declaratiile care au generat confuzie si panica in randul credinciosilor cu privire la presupusele pericole pe care le reprezinta introducerea noilor acte".
In fine, parintele Stoica a anunat ca isi va face "impreuna cu un alt coleg" pasaport biometric si ca nu stie care va fi optiunea parintelui Patriah in aceasta privinta atunci cand ii va expira documentul valabil pe care il detine.
Totusi, "in spiritul democratiei", Biserica va propune Guvernului modificarea legii, astfel incat cei care nu doresc aceste pasapoarte din diferite motive, sa primeasca pasapoarte temporare de tip vechi.

Asta a fost declaratia televizata a reprezentantului Patriarhiei, la capatul celor doua zile de lucrari ale Sinodului. Iata si continutul comunicatul oficial (publicat aici)

1. Ia act de scrisoarea nr. 638 din 28 ianuarie 2009 a Preafericitului Părinte Patriarh Daniel adresată Ministerului Administraţiei şi Internelor prin care se solicită o serie de precizări în legătură cu noile paşapoarte electronice care includ date biometrice. (vezi anexa 1).

De asemenea, ia act de lămuririle aduse prin adresa nr.3622071 din 5 februarie 2009 a Ministerului Administraţiei şi Internelor – Direcţia Generală de Paşapoarte (vezi anexa 2) din care rezultă două asigurări importante:

a. A avea un paşaport este un drept şi nu o obligaţie, paşaportul fiind un document eliberat la cerere pentru cei ce doresc să călătorească în afara spaţiului Uniunii Europene. Astfel, se deduce că cei care invocă obiecţii de conştiinţă sau motive religioase au libertatea să nu solicite acest nou tip de paşaport;

b. Fiecare cetăţean are dreptul de a cunoaşte în mod direct conţinutul datelor personale incluse în noul paşaport electronic care include date biometrice.

2. Constată că însăşi opinia Comisiei Europene exprimată, la 16 martie 2005, prin Grupul European pentru etica în ştiinţă şi noile tehnologii este împotriva implantării în corpul uman a cip-ului electronic: „utilizarea pentru scopuri nemedicale a implanturilor de informare şi comunicare constituie o potenţială ameninţare la demnitatea umană şi societatea democratică” (pct. 6.4), iar „implanturile destinate supravegherii ... ar putea fi folosite de către autorităţile statale, indivizi sau grupuri pentru a creşte puterea lor asupra altora” (pct. 6.4.4).

3. Întrucât unele persoane au reticenţe faţă de paşapoartele biometrice, se va interveni pe lângă instituţiile Statului Român (Preşedinţie, Parlament, Guvern) cu solicitarea de a se adopta măsurile necesare pentru modificarea şi completarea legislaţiei în vigoare prin extinderea prevederilor referitoare la cazuri de urgenţă (paşaport temporar) şi la cazuri când, din motive de conştiinţă sau religioase, persoana nu doreşte paşaport electronic care include date biometrice.

4. În viitor, orice iniţiativă de interes general bisericesc, care provine dintr-o eparhie, trebuie, mai întâi, analizată şi dezbătută la nivelul centrului eparhial şi al sinodului mitropolitan, iar apoi să fie înaintată Sfântului Sinod, spre dezbatere şi hotărâre.

5. Văzând tulburarea provocată de opiniile confuze şi contradictorii cu privire la noile paşapoarte biometrice, Sfântul Sinod îndeamnă clerul, monahii şi credincioşii să rămână statornici în credinţa în Mântuitorul Iisus Hristos, Biruitorul iadului şi al morţii, să sporească în rugăciune şi fapte bune, vieţuind creştineşte în familie, mânăstire şi societate, fără a răspândi panică şi îngrijorare prin preocupare excesivă pentru lucruri trecătoare. Astfel, Dumnezeu ne va lumina, ne va apăra de tot răul şi ne va ajuta să săvârşim binele.

Cred ca de fapt indiferent ce decizie ar fi luat Biserica tot s-ar putea gasi, ca intotdeauna, unii care sa condamne. Daca zicea Sinodul ca pasaportul e "unealta diavolului", radea isteric toata crema activistilor pentru democratie, libertate si celelalte (si poate ridicau din sprancene credinciosii care viseaza la permise de calatorie in afara UE).
Acum, s-ar putea sa zica mai mult sau mai putin isteric (am constatat ca isteria e, din pacate, o caracteristica nationala) sa zica deci vreunii crestini ca Biserica face compromisuri de dragul de a nu fi catalogata (iarasi!) drept inapoiata si ingusta.

In ce ma priveste, cred ca isteriile de orice fel pe orice teme sunt paguboase si consuma inutil energia - energie care ar trebui folosita in alte scopuri.
E simplu: crezi ca biometria asta iti asigura pasaportul spre Iad? Iti intrebi duhovnicul si daca iti confirma, renunti la calatoriile in afara UE. Renunti sa-ti innoiesti pasaportul, care e doar un drept nu si o obligatie, cum bine remarca Sinodul. (mai poti renunta cu aceasta ocazie si la carduri bancare, card de identitate si la toate produsele alimentare sau nealimentare care contin coduri de bare, in functie de cat de departe esti dispus sa mergi cu onestitatea deciziei) Apoi, iti vezi linistit in continuare de viata, rugaciune si ascultare.
Crezi ca cipul e inofensiv pe calea mantuirii? Faci acelasi lucru: iti intrebi duhovnicul si daca iti confirma, il folosesti continuare, continuandu-ti in tihna viata, rugaciunea si ascultarea.

Si mai cred ca diavolul e ceva mai subtil decat ne-ar placea sa credem. Am convingerea ca detinerea unui act/card/cip biometric nu e o conditie necesara si suficienta mantuirii ori nemantuirii. Ingrijoratoare e insa tendinta de supraveghere a persoanei spre care ne indreptam - dar asta e cu totul alta discutie. Cat despre "sfarsitul lumii", acum 2000 de ani, Sfantul Ioan Evanghelistul parca spunea ca va veni "in curand". Deci cred si eu ca asa e, se apropie, in curand. Pana atunci, va mai pun inainte si raspunsul Maicii Siluana care a fost intrebata aici daca "acceptarea pasapoartelor biometrice inseamna lepadarea de Hristos".

"Te rog, om drag, pune aceasta intrebare direct lui Dumnezeu, mai intai prin parintele tau duhovnic, apoi in rugaciunea de fiecare seara. Sa-L rogi la fel de frumos cum m-ai rugat pe mine si vei primi raspuns cu siguranta, pentru ca El te iubeste mai mult decat te iubesc eu. Si mai adauga si aceasta intrebare: „Doamne, ce din ce am facut si gandit astazi a fost lepadare de Tine?”.
Apoi primeste tot ce-ti spune constiinta si pocaieste-te!
Apoi, mutumeste-I pentru harul si darul pocaintei si nu deznadajdui! Dar nici sa nu cazi intr-o stare care ti-ar aduce pieire vesnica. Nu uita nici o clipa ca daca Domnul te-a ales sa te nasti in aceste vremuri si tu ai ales sa fii cu El, nu te va parasi! Orice vom patimi, sa fie cu El si in El! Si tot cu El si in El sa ne fie si toata bucuria, de la cea mai simpla pana la cea mai sfanta.
          AirWatch announces version 8 with biometric authentication, Chrome OS integration and much more        
AirWatch announces version 8 with biometric authentication, Chrome OS integration and much more Atlanta-based enterprise mobility management (EMM) provider AirWatch by VMware has announced the launch of AirWatch 8., the biggest platform expansion since the organization was purchased by VMware. The discharge continues to be timed to coincide using the first anniversary of VMware’s purchase
          Biometrics, cloudy passwords and the ongoing Android vs Apple debate        
Biometrics, cloudy passwords and the ongoing Android vs Apple debate Last month’s launch of iOS 7 and the iPhone 5s raised a lot of questions for the mobile security industry. Will biometrics catch on, are cloud-stored passwords really secure and, of course, the eternal debate rolls on – which is more secure Apple or Android? 
          Biometrics and Recognition - , Irbid, Jordan         
This course aims to introduce the skills of representation, storage, data search, image processing and comparison, and database system design. This will be done through the study and clarification of the principle of the work and application of facial recognition techniques and fingerprint, iris and sound as well as the most important ways that can be applied to build such technologies as neural networks. The course will include a set of examples on each technique and how to deal with them.



          IT Systems: Identity and Access Management - PLUS Specialty Training , Dubai         

Why Attend

We are living in the age of the Internet of Things (IoT) which provides seamless integration and ease of access between various objects regardless of their physical proximity. The IoT is spreading across different vertical domains such as healthcare systems, government services, banks and telecommunications, just to name a few. We are no longer only vulnerable to attacks against valuable enterprises' digital content but also to life threatening attacks, terrorist attacks, espionage attacks, etc. The need for providing identity assurance and stringent access control, as a result, is of utmost importance. This course covers the fundamental principles and architecture framework for an end-to-end IT identity and access management system. This includes identity assurance, authentication, authorization, accountability, auditability, Single Sign-On (SSO) and identity federation. It also discusses practical case studies such as e-passport, mobile banking, e-government services, EMV systems and other selected cases.

Course Methodology

This course is highly interactive and includes group discussions, case studies and syndicate work. It also includes practical exercises and role playing that allow all participants to use the knowledge they gained to demonstrate their skills in identity and access management.

Course Objectives

  • Illustrate the identity and access management architecture framework and discuss the security risks associated with its various deployment options
  • Discuss the different mechanisms for establishing strong authentication (e.g. OTP, certificate based authentication, device authentication, etc)
  • Explain the principles of key public infrastructure and certification authorities, and demonstrate their value in mitigating the security risks facing modern societies
  • Explain the most well-known access control mechanisms and the roles of oauth, OATH, SAML and OpenID standards in the IAM domain and apply the concepts of (federated) SSO
  • Demonstrate the building of IAM using selected industrial tools and practical case studies (e.g. e-passport and boarder gate, mobile-banking, EMV scheme, and e-movement services)

Target Audience

This course has been designed for IT professionals such as IT Strategic Planners, Project Managers, Security Managers, Security Architects and Risk Managers.Although the course is technical in nature, complex concepts are discussed at an abstract level to fit the needs of participants from various technical backgrounds.

Target Competencies

  • Information security management
  • Impelementing public key infrastructure
  • Identification and authentication management
  • Identity Access Management (IAM)

Course Outline

  • Introduction and principles of information security:
    • Identity and access management (IAM) overview
    • Attributes of information security:
      • Confidentiality
      • Integrity
      • Availability
      • Non-repudiation
      • Accountability
      • Auditability
    • Symmetric and asymmetric cryptography
    • Hashing and digital signature
    • Key management
  • Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)
    • Architecture: certification and registration authority
    • Life cycle management
    • Types of certificates and usage patterns
      • Encryption
      • Digital signature
      • Client certificate
      • SSL server certificate
    • Attribute based certificate
    • Case studies (e.g. email protection, mobile banking, and document signing)
  • Identification and authentication
    • Identification, verification and authentication overview
    • Mechanisms of identification and authentication
      • One time password
      • Biometric
      • Digital signature
      • Smartcard
      • Soft/hard tokens
    • Mobile device
    • Risk based authentication
    • Step-up authentication
    • Single-sign on and federated single-sign-on
    • OATH, OpenID, BorwserID, and SAML
    • Architecture framework and industrial tools
    • Trusted computing role in identity assurance
    • Security risks associated with the discussed mechanisms
  • Access control
    • Principles of authorization
    • Access control schemes
    • OAuth protocol
    • Enterprise rights management and digital rights management
    • Privileged account management
    • Governance and compliance
  • IAM framework and use cases
    • IAM architecture framework
    • IAM echo system
    • IAM and cloud computing
    • Illustrative use cases
      • Border control
      • E-passport
      • National ID
      • E-banking
      • E-health system
      • EMV scheme


Discount: Summer Discounts Available!

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Duration: 4 Days

          Apple's 'iPhone 8' facial recognition tech might support Apple Pay, third-party apps, 'multi' biometrics        
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Code uncovered in recently leaked HomePod firmware suggests the facial recognition system rumored to debut in Apple's "iPhone 8" will support payments, combined biometric security and include hooks for third-party apps.
          Advanced Topics in Biometrics        
Advanced Topics in BiometricsBy Haizhou Li, Liyuan Li, Kar-Ann Toh

£96.00   01 Jul 2010   Hardback   World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd

Biometrics is the study of methods for uniquely recognizing humans based on one or more intrinsic physical or behavioral traits. This book provides detailed coverage on the research problems with their solutions in a range of biometrics research ranging from voice, face, fingerprint, iris, handwriting, human behavior to multimodal biometrics.

          Aadhaar-PAN linking must from July 1, government notifies rules        
New Delhi: The Centre has called for amended income tax rules, making it mandatory to link existing Aadhaar numbers with PAN.

The government has made it mandatory to link existing Aadhaar numbers with PAN of taxpayers with effect from July 1.

Amending income tax rules and notifying the same, the government has made quoting of the 12-digit biometric Aadhaar or the enrolment ID a must at the time of application of permanent account number.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley through an amendment to tax proposals in the Finance Bill for 2017-18 had made Aadhaar mandatory for filing income tax returns and provided for linking of PAN with Aadhaar to check tax evasion through use of multiple PAN cards.

The revenue department said "every person who has been allotted PAN as on July 1, 2017, and who in accordance with the provisions of sub-section (2) of section 139AA is required to intimate his Aadhaar number, shall intimate his Aadhaar number to the principal director general of income tax (systems) or DGIT (systems)".

Besides, it entrusted principal DGIT (systems) or DGIT (systems) with specifying the formats and standards along with procedure for verification of documents filed with PAN application or intimation of Aadhaar number.

The rules will come into force from July 1, 2017, the revenue department said while amending Rule 114 of the I-T Act, which deals in application for allotment of PAN.

As many as 2.07 crore taxpayers have already linked their Aadhaar with PAN.

          Cos’è la Firma Grafometrica? Ecco quello che devi sapere        

Un processo di Firma Elettronica Avanzata per firmare i documenti informatici in totale sicurezza.   La Firma Grafometrica è un particolare tipo di Firma Elettronica Avanzata (FEA) che si ottiene rilevando i dati biometrici di un utente (firmatario) nel momento in cui appone la sua firma su un tablet legando gli stessi in maniera indissolubile […]

L'articolo Cos’è la Firma Grafometrica? Ecco quello che devi sapere sembra essere il primo su Intesa.

          ZKAccess Multi-Biometric Access Control Device        

The ProBio-ID is a multi-biometric access control device with SilkID and face recognition technology.

- Read: ZKAccess Multi-Biometric Access Control Device at

          NPP Administration: 26,589 names to be cleaned from gov't payroll        
Government has ordered the removal of names of unregistered public service workers on the new SSNIT biometric system. This it believes will save the country some GH35 million in payroll cost on a monthly basis or a total of over GHS250 million in 2017 alone.
          Love On The Brain        

This episode, we travel to a future where your romantic partners aren’t chosen by questions or swipes, but rather by your brainwaves.

This future is based on an idea from Shelly Ronan and Ernesto D. Morales and their project Object Solutions. If you liked what you heard about Object Solutions you should check out their other work, and their Patreon page.

I also talked to Suzanne Dikker, who has used EEG headsets to study everything from education, to Marina Abramovic’s art, to compatability.

And to get a true expert position on dating apps, I talked to Andrea Silenzi from the podcast Why Oh Why. If you’re interested in the intersection between sex, dating, relationships and technology, check out her show.

Other things to read:

Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky. By the way, check out Matt’s new animated web series over at Topic. 

If you want to suggest a future we should take on, send us a note on Twitter, Facebook or by email at I love hearing your ideas! And if you think you’ve spotted one of the little references I’ve hidden in the episode, email us there too. If you’re right, I’ll send you something cool.

And if you want to support the show, there are a few ways you can do that too! We have a Patreon page, where you can donate to the show. But if that’s not in the cards for you, you can head to Apple Podcasts and leave us a nice review or just tell your friends about us. Those things really do help.

That’s all for this future, come back next month and we’ll travel to a new one.

          DPS Recognized for Innovative Effort in Sexual Predator Case        
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) received the FBI's Biometric Identification Award for the efforts of two DPS Crime Lab employees who were instrumental in solving a child pornography case
          HID reportedly paid $60m for Lumidigm        
Martha Entwistle

Updated 2/13/14

Identity solution provider HID this week made its second purchase in a month, buying fingerprint biometric provider Lumidigm.
In January,  HID announced that it had purchased IdenTrust, a provider of digital identities.

The Albuquerque Journal is reporting that HID paid more than $60 million for the biometric company. Through a spokesperson HID said that because this is a "private transaction" the company would not comment on the purchase price.

I was not able to speak to Jeff Kessler at Imperial Capital about the deal. (Imperial advised Lumidigm,) but I did get a look at a research brief Kessler published on Feb. 12, where he said this deal "continues to put distance between Assa Abloy’s HID Division and the competition in the way of interoperable, identity solutions for government and enterprise users."

Here's more from Kessler's brief:

In our opinion, Assa Abloy has made a concerted effort to become the undisputed leader in higher technology access control and identification solutions for not just enterprises and institutions, but for Government as well—the latter is an area in which it did not have a lot of traction until 2011. However, a series of acquisitions have turned the company into the leader in this segment from a revenue perspective. This is unlike Safran (which purchased L-1 in 2010), which is primarily involved in registration and border identification. The challenge remains for Assa Abloy and HID to integrate these acquired technologies and companies carefully, to let some of the more creative sectors provide both competitive advantage to Assa Abloy, yet still remain the leading providers of software and identity solutions to other companies in the industry as well.

Founded in 2001 and based in Albuquerque, N.M., Lumidigm has 33 employees. Its 2014 sales are expected to be $25 million, and the deal is expected to be accretive to earnings per share, according to HID parent company ASSA ABLOY.

Common problems with fingerprint biometrics include that fact that the technology will not work in harsh environments or when peoples’ fingers are dirty. In addition, some peoples’ fingerprints are simply not detectable. Lumidigm’s technology overcomes these problems, HID said, with its patented “multispectral imaging technology [that] uses multiple light spectrums and advanced polarization techniques to extract unique fingerprint characteristics from both the surface and subsurface of the skin.” The technology is also highly effective in detecting “imposter or ‘spoof’ fingerprints,” according to HID.  

Lumidigm’s products are used in verticals such as banking, healthcare, entertainment, and government services. HID is also interested in Lumidigm’s “premier global customer base,” HID CEO Denis Hebert said in a prepared statement.  

The opportunity for HID, according to a statement from Bob Harbour, executive chairman of Lumidigm is: “to apply multispectral imaging capabilities to credential acquisition and authentication, gesture recognition, and other image-based process control systems, making multi-factor authentication on a single, integrated device a reality.”

          ASIS 2011: News and notes from the show floor        
SSN Staff

ORLANDO, Fla.—There was plenty of news being made at ASIS 2011, which took place at the Orange County Convention Center Sept. 19-21. Below are some editor round-ups from ventured out onto the show floor to collect news and other goings-on.

Here’s Martha’s round-up:

The ASIS news started rolling in well before the show floor opened with the news released around 7 a.m. yesterday that Tyco International plans to split into three independent, publicly traded companies.

Over at the BRS Labs booth, John Frazzini, president of BRS Labs, during a morning press conference pronounced: “2011 is the year that video analytics died.” He cited the disappearance or winding down of several well-known video analytics companies and the paucity of video analytics companies on the show floor. Video analytics were “the past,” he said. The future is with behavioral analytics, which BRS Labs provides, he continued. This system “observes what happens in the scene, learns the behavioral patterns that occur over time, and alerts on abnormal activities.” Frazzini noted that behavioral analytics, specifically, are beginning to be spec’ed in some of the largest transit and airport projects.

On the show floor, surveillance system provider VideoIQ begged to differ with Frazzini. New CEO Ed Bednarcik and VP of marketing Mark Gally talked about the company’s partnership with thermal camera company FLIR. “Video analytics are ready for the mainstream,” Gally said. “They’re accurate, they’re easy to install and today they go way beyond alarm generation to power a whole system.” Gally explained that it’s the analytics that allow the surveillance system to “intelligently stream video and optimize storage.”

At March Networks, CEO Peter Strom and CMO Net Payne talked about how their new product introductions (an enterprise DVR, a 5 megapixel and a 3 megapixel camera, as well as new SearchLight applications such as skimming-detection features) are optimized for March’s focus verticals: banking and retail.

Strom noted that March Networks has grown from a $6 million to a $100 million company over the course of eight years ...  and counts the top 50 banks in the world among its global customers with many banking and retail customers standardizing on March Networks globally. Payne said the company is becoming more “channel centric” and said the new products announced at the show are easier to use, install and are reliable, “so you don’t have to roll a truck regularly.”

At the giant Stanley Security booth, CEO Tony Byerly was eager to show off the company’s new eVideo Cloud storage solution, which is based on the Axis/Iomega AVHS systems that was announced at ISC West this year. Byerly called the product a game changer for the installer. “It’s 25 percent cheaper than a DVR,” he said. “The cost, the fact that it’s simple and fast to install and the online capabilities—we think this will transform video solutions.”

Byerly was also eager to show off new mapping features of the company’s well-known e-services. “This basically brings all the web services together on Google Maps. There’s a map view and a list view,” he said, which makes it much easier for a security director to get a handle on what’s happening at remote locations. Similarly, Stanley’s “einform” service now allows Stanley to send its customers real time updates when a serviced call is scheduled to arrive. It shows the GPS location of the truck, arrival time and a photo of the technician and details of the service request.” Byerly said the company will extend this service beyond installation to sales and repair calls as well.

Two years after the acquisition of GE Security was announced by UTC Fire & Security consolidation and integration efforts continue. Luis Orbegoso, president of Lenel, announced that the company will be offering a migration path for its large installed base of Picture Perfect customers to FacilityCommander and OnGuard. He emphasized that the decision to migrate is designed to protect the investments made by its large installed base of Picture Perfect customers. “The easy way would have been to tell customers they have to rip and replace, but this is a true migration,” Orbegoso said. Consolidating the platform will allow Lenel to combine the best of each offering and allow Lenel to “spend our time and effort on new innovations,” he said.

Expect to see more collaboration between Lenel and OnGuard, said Bob Hoskins VP and GM of Interlogix. He noted that the Sept. 30 episode of the television show “Designing Spaces” will feature a UTC Fire & Security-designed intelligent home—his. In the future, Orbegoso said he expects Lenel to “be the brain and the central nervous systems behind the intelligent building.”

At Johnson Controls, Andre Greco talked about the company’s BEST (Build Effective Sales Training) program that it’s currently running for recent college grads. It has been six years since the Fire and Security business graduated a BEST class. JC interviewed 1,000 (mostly engineering) students from across the nation and chose 16 to participate in the program, which runs from June to November. The intensive training program will result in 16 new “branch security solutions sales people for JC.”

“We’re going to transform our go-to-market strategy as it relates to security, from a transaction and product-based sale to a consultative sale,” Greco said. The BEST graduates “will be agents of change for Fire and Security,” he said.

Ed Melzer, Niscayah director of cloud hosting programs, stopped by the Security Systems News booth to record a video interview about new features of Niscayah’s hosted video solution, which like Stanley, is based on the Axis/Omega AVHS service announced at ISC West.

In a final booth visit of the day, identity management provider Quantum Secure’s Laurie Aaron, Ajay Jain, and Dan Yetso talked about the company’s focus in the next year on four key verticals; government, aviation, energy and health care. With regulatory compliance issue a concern for many of these end users, (CFATS and NERC-CIP to name two) “it makes us a very good value proposition,” Aaron said.  The company, which received only one round of VC funding and has been doubling in size annually currently has 100 employees and is profitable, Jain said.

Meltzer spoke at a press conference about Niscayah’s hosted video offering. Later in the day, he also spoke to ssnTVnews about the service, which has some new features and which the company is starting a dealer program with. Here’s a link to the video.

Mega-megapixel camera (and HDVMS) company Avigilon introduced a new 29-megapixel camera at the show, which it will begin shipping the last week of October. Why 29? Avigilon’s new director of marketing and communications Keith Maret said they went for 29, because 20 was too close—performance-wise—to 16. And why mega-megapixel systems? ” High quality images give the best evidence ... and [Avigilon’s] high definitions stream management minimizes storage requirements.” The Canadian company has also filed a preliminary prospectus for an IPO, something the company won’t officially talk about, but which company president Alexander Fernandes mentioned later that night at a customer event at the Icebar, according to attendees.

A brief stop by at Brivo included a meeting with Maria Buenavista. The folks at Brivo were talking about a lot of different projects including one where Brivo’s cloud-based access control was installed at the Iowa Cubs ballpark in Des Moines. The system manages the comings and goings of more than 100 employees, which includes 12 groups who have access to different parts of the park during different days and times. It also includes alerts and reporting functions. But we were talking about Brivo CEO Steve Van Till’s presentation that he’ll be making at TechSec2012.

At lunch, I attended a media briefing with ADT Commercial’s John Kenning and ADT’s chief technology officer Jay Hauhn. Of course I wanted to talk about Tyco’s plan to split into three independent, publicly traded companies. Kenning talked a little bit about the deal. He noted that ADT split its resi and commercial business in May of 2010. "The difference between residential security today and what we [at ADT Commerical] do are vastly different in terms of sales, implementation [and service]. This is taking it one step further and separating into different companies," he said.

ADT residential will continue to be headed by John Koch. Tyco Fire and Security will be headed by George Oliver, who has been with Tyco since 2002. Kenning's commerical business, Sensormatic and Tyco Security Products will report to Oliver. The residential business will keep the ADT brand, but the commercial fire and security business will lose that brand.

What Kenning and Hauhn really wanted to talk about is their new hosted video solution for enterprise and small business customers. Like the Stanley/Niscayah solution, it’s based on the AVHS systems announcedby Axis Communications at ISC West this year. Kenning and Hauhn laud the service as convenient, not requiring IT support, cost effective, can help with compliance and liability issues, and can be easily scaled.

They also wanted to talk about ADT’s new Pulse for commercial products. This interactive service product, announced for the resi marketin the fall of 2010 is currently being tested and Kenning expects to roll the service out in Q1 2012. “It’s a tool that will help your run your business rather than just secure your business,” Kenning said.

Later, Imperial Capital's Jeff Kessler met me at the Security Systems News booth for a quick interview. I asked him about the Tyco split and he said that the separation wlll give the "commercial and industrial business a chance to have a closer and more symbiotic relationship with SimplexGrinnell (its fire business)." Better integrating fire, security and building control systems can "provide tremendous data, that can be understood and used by the client," he said. "That can result in much stickier large enterprise client, and hence, better margins."

Like Avigilon, Arecont Vision cameras go way past 11. At ASIS, Raul Calderon, Arecont SVP of marketing, discussed the company’s new 20-megapixel/180-degree H.264 cameras. Arecont says the camera is most cost-effective in applications where PTZ cameras or other multiple cameras might be used to cover a large are, and makes the claim that it can replace lots and lots of cameras. (It says up to 65.)

At the Samsung booth, Janet Fenner, Samsung group marketing manager said the company is emphasizing how nicely it’s playing with others, such as Exacq, OnSSI, Genetec, Milestone and Verint. “We’re very aggressive with partnerships when there’s a company that’s looking for a solution.” Samsung is also changing the way it’s going to market, partnering with “the big four [distributors] ADI, Anixter, Scan Source and Tri-Ed Northern,” Fenner said.

Back at the SSN/SDN booth, I had a chance to meet Steve Russell, founder of 3VR. Russell’s most recent venture is called Prism Skylabs. Security Systems News will have a video interview onsite within a week, but SDN’s Whit Richardson wrote up a story about Russell’s new company.

Next I met with new managing director of CapitalSource Will Schmidt, and we talked, among other things, about a recent deal $42.5 million deal CapitalSource did with a very interesting company, Electric Guard Dog.

Martha’s Day 3 report: The first meeting of the day was with BreifCam CEO Dror Irani, where he talked about “liberating the video” so that it’s really useful customers’ security department, marketing department and more. This was a demo to follow up on a story Whit and I both worked on.

Next I went to AlertEnterprise, where I met with Ruby Deol, SVP strategy and business development. AlertEnterprise is a provider of logical and physical security software that announced a partnership with Proximex at the show. It also just got $19 in new funding and HP non-executive chairman of the board, Ray Lane, joined its board. They’re doing some interesting thingsat airports in particular that I’ll be reporting more on.

Kevin McCAughey of Schnieder was next. We talked about converged building management systems and their Continuum product. I also got a look at their new Sarix SureVision camera that self-adjusts in different lighting and weather conditions.

After a walk around the show floor, I met with Geri Castaldo, CEO of Codebench, a provider of middleware for access control systems. We talked about the PIV-I card moving beyond the government and into the commercial market. “It has the potential to be much bigger than the government market,” she said. There are problems with that happening, she said, because “not all PACS can accommodate PIV-I cards, and they need a workaround. She said Codebench has been contacted by companies in the financial sector (but not other sectors yet) about helping their systems accommodate a PIV-I card.

My last meeting of the show was with Siemen’s Rob Hile, new senior director of and Enterprise Solutions and Services, one of two segment heads who will oversee Seimen’s new converged fire and security business unit.

Here’s Dan’s round up:

It seemed like everyone was talking about the age of managed services. Integrators are no longer simply accepting them, but are beginning to expect them as well. According to some of the companies that SSN and SDN met with, the advent, proliferation and advancement of wireless technology has pushed the industry to a tipping point.

Video alarm verification provider, OzVision’s global director marketing Matthew Riccoboni said smart phones have trained end users to expect more.

"Smartphones have changed the way we interact with data. It's no longer sufficient to say, 'I'll look it up later.' Smartphones have created an immediate need, an immediate thirst for data. So what we're doing is making services like video available that way," Riccoboni said. "And it can be for a lot of different things: an audit trail, for liability issues in the healthcare vertical … The channel partners, the integrators are really thinking of where this can be effective … For example, with quick-serve restaurants, integrators can offer access to video that shows a manager if people are consistently leaving because of long wait times. That's business intelligence that tells the manager they might want to bring on more staff to better serve their customers."

It's all about choice and not getting stuck in the past, according to Telular vice president of marketing and business development Shawn Welsh.

"Our focus has been on raising RMR. Cellular is now a trusted pathway, so now how do you leverage it to make more money?" Welsh asked. "One way is through offering interactive services, which we developed with the TG-1 express that works with older panels as well as new panels. You can offer an iPhone app to a panel from the '80s."

Diebold director of security solutions Jacky Grimm pointed out that managed services allowed integrators a way to offer a lower price point and a lower learning curve for getting in on the value managed services can offer.

"Technology is changing so fast. It's difficult for end users to have the money there to update. What we're doing is packaging it in to leverage payment over time," to include things like training, oversight and hardware and software updates. "So you pay a flat fee up front, but the technology keeps pace with the world,” Grimm said.

Whit’s round-up:

I began the morning by sitting down with Lorrie Navarro, senior security manager at SAS Institute and co-chair of ASIS' Women in Security Group. She told me about some of the new initiatives the Women in Security Group, launched in 2009, has recently undertaken, such as its mentoring program that links young, up-and-coming security professionals with seasoned vets.

I also had the opportunity to sit down with Todd Milne, senior manager of security operations for University Health Network in Toronto, and David Pollard, superintendent of operations for Tallahassee Regional Airport, to talk about recent security system deployments undertaken at their respective organizations. Look for the video interviews to be posted on the website.

Throughout the day, I paid attention to the news releases arriving in my inbox. PlaSec, which offers a cloud-based physical access control solution, announced yesterday that it has rebranded itself as RedCloud Security.

Johnson Controls announced a deal worth $29 million to design and install integrated security systems at 12 major soccer stadiums in Brazil, including two that will host main matches for the 2014 FIFA Soccer World Cup. The deployment will include access control, as well as the installation of 1,700 surveillance cameras, video servers and vide analytics software.

At a press conference at Assa Abloy’s tent, Martin Huddart, Assa Abloy’s VP of electronic access control, talked about some of the 50 new products Assa Abloy and its 40 brands were releasing at the show.

Later, at an event put on by HID Global, a subsidiary of Assa Abloy, Denis Hebert discussed the future of electronic access control and an HID near field communcation pilot at Arizona State University that enabled student’s smartphones to carry their identity credentials and gain access to residential dorms on campus. Laura Ploughe, director of business applications and fiscal control at ASU, called the technology and pilot “a dream come true.”

At SightLogix’s booth, John Romanowich, the company’s president and CEO, introduced the company’s new Clear24 cameras and released the news that the company had landed the contract to provide its thermal imaging cameras to the World Trade Center site’s perimeter security. Considering Romanowich launched the company a few years after doing a security survey of Ground Zero, he says the new contract completes the circle.

Day 2 at ASIS 2011: I began the day with a bang, interviewing Lou Barani, security director for the World Trade Center. We discussed what his day was like on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. With all eyes on the site and the president's visit, not to mention the memories, was the day stressful? "It was anticlimactic," Barani said, adding that he was confident they had done everything they could to prepare. We agreed that in the security industry, anticlimactic is a good result.

I then swung by the Honeywell pavilion to learn about its upgrades to its Pro-Watch security management system, including its integration with the Honeywell Software Development Kit, which enables increased interoperability between Honeywell technologies and products from third-party manufacturers.

Then it was back to the Security Director News booth to interview Darin Crofts, loss prevention manager for special projects for Woolworths, the largest retailer in Australia with $53 billion in sales and around 3,000 retail locations. He told me about the unique challenges of operating a loss prevention program across such a wide-open country, and the decade-long project to upgrade its legacy video surveillance system with new IP-based cameras.

At the Axis Communications pavilion, I had the pleasure of meeting Martin Gren, the inventor of the IP camera and the company's founder, as well as Fredrik Nilsson, Axis' general manager for the Americas. Being new to the industry, I was interested to learn that only 25 percent of new camera deployments are IP cameras and that 98 percent of the millions of surveillance cameras out there are still analog. Gren said that when he released the first IP camera in 1996, people laughed. However, today's IP cameras are 600 times more powerful than that first camera and it is now accepted that network-based cameras are the future.

Continuing the video theme, I then visited Zvika Ashani, CTO of AgentVI, the Israeli-based video analytics company. Ashani walked me through the company's video analytics program, highlighting its three main applications: real-time event detection, forensic video search, and business intelligence. The day before, John Frazzini, the president of BRS Labs, declared "2011 is the year that video analytics died," a declaration Ashani scoffed at. "The past couple years, we've seen 100 percent growth year over year," Ashani said.

At OnSSI, I got a look at the Ocularis software, which the company had just announced was deployed at the Orange County Convention Center, the site of the ASIS 2011 show.

I then rushed back to SDN's both for the third video interview of the day, this one with Peter Miller, CSO for Orange County, which has hundreds of public buildings—courthouses, public safety buildings, etc.—with close to 3,000 video cameras and 2,000 access controlled doors. Miller, who came from the IT-side of the business, has a staff of 20. His department acts as its own integrator, saving the county government thousands of dollars.


At Genetec, I learned got a chance to see the “world's smallest HD license-plate recognition camera,” designed to attach to the top of a police car or other vehicle. These cameras have an accuracy rate above 95 percent at 200 miles-per-hour, according to Michel Chalouhi, Genetec's director of product management.

I then visited the largest security company in the world, G4S, which employs 700,000 worldwide. In the United States, it is the second largest private employer behind WalMart. When Lew Pincus, G4S' senior director of marketing, joined the company two-and-one-half years ago, he said no one would think to hire a company known for security guards, which G4S was, to handle high-tech security needs. Those times are gone, Pincus said, explaining that, through a series of acquisitions, G4S now "provides pretty much everything but cybersecurity."

Over at Diebold, Martha Entwistle and I heard from Kevin Engelhardt, its VP and general manager of enterprise security solutions, about the company's move to a more service-based model that would help the customer control costs and help Diebold develop some RMR.

That evening, I was invited by Siemens to Epcot, where the company has sponsored the Spaceship Earth ride inside the iconic Epcot sphere since 2005. At the event, Siemens announced it was merging its fire and security businesses.

Day 3 at ASIS 2011: Several informational meetings started off the final day of ASIS: Ingersoll Rand, where I got a demo of the near field communication access control technology that it plans to began piloting soon; IQinVision; and VidSys, which released its mobile application for its PSIM system at the show.

At BRS Labs, I sat down with Ray Davis, its founder and CEO, to discuss the company's approach to video analytics. Traditionally, analytics software has been rules-based, but BRS Labs took a different approach, developing software that was reason-based, Davis told me. "Rules are bad," Davis said. "Every rule you add exponentially increases the number of alarms." What BRS' software does is translate a camera's images into a language that an artificial neural network can read, allowing the computer to "learn" behavior, according to Davis. He told me the company, which sold its first products in November 2010, will reach $10 million in sales its first year and he expects to reach roughly $70 million by the end of 2012.

After listening to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano give a keynote address at a luncheon, I left before the food was actually served to meet a few of the men behind Security-Net, a group of 19 independent integrators that team together to bring strength in numbers.

At Lumidigm, I met with Bill Spence, its VP of transaction services. The biometric technology company has some big clients, including a major national theme park that uses the company's fingerprint biometric readers to scan 38 million fingertips a year, Spence said.

A few demos wrapped up my first ASIS trip. At BriefCam, I got a demo of its video synopsis software, which condenses hours of video footage into a minutes-long clip that overlays all the action and events the camera picked up in that time. I then got a demo of Brivo's cloud-based access control solution, which also has integrated web-hosted video, before heading to the airport for a flight back to Maine.

Highlights from a press conference from Dan:

Wireless lock and access control suppliers Salto and Sielox announced a technology partnership the two companies say will allow integrators to offer more affordable access control across an enterprise, regardless of whether doors are traditional, hardwired doors/locks or newer wireless locks. At a joint press conference Sept. 20, Salto SVP Mike Mahon and Sielox president and CEO Karen Evans presented the partnership which pairs Salto's electronic locks with Sielox's Pinnacle access control system and 1700 controller.

"With this integration, we have wireless locks that you can deploy anywhere," Mahon said at the press conference. "Now you can extend access control anywhere in your facility, from a padlock all the way up to a full locking system."

 Evans said the partnership's most powerful element was its ability to lower the price of extending access control enterprise-wide.


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          The Red Card: A Private Sector Solution to Americaâ??s Illegal Immigration Problem         

Reason Foundation Senior Analyst Shikha Dalmia interviews Helen Krieble, founder and president of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation and author of the Red Card Solution, about her plan to alleviate illegal immigration by granting more work permits to immigrants. 

Reason: What is the red card solution and how will it work?

Krieble: The red card divides low-skilled immigrants into two groups and creates a separate program for each. One program is run by the federal government and offers a path towards citizenship. That is similar to the current “green card” system and is very clearly the work of the federal government. Prospective immigrants on this path would have to follow the same rules as anybody else applying for citizenship.

The other program – the “red card” part – involves handing out work permits without any promise of green cards or citizenship. The red card would be a legal permit that allows you to work in America, just as an American worker works here, and go back and forth to your home country. You get paid the same wages, same workman’s compensation. There would be no quotas on the number of these work permits every year. But you’re a guest and there aren’t green cards or citizenship.

The red card program would be implemented by the private sector or employment agencies licensed by the federal government. These agencies would put employers and workers together for a fee and there would be no taxpayer dollars involved.

Employment agencies would share information with workers and employers through an online database. American employers who want foreign workers could post the jobs they want filled, the requirements for the job, the salary they’re going to pay. Likewise, any foreign worker who would like to have a job in the U.S. would post their qualifications, what they need in the way of salaries and where they want to work. When a match is made, both sides would pay a fee. So the employment agencies would be incentivized to make a match without waste of time for the profit motive.

This is in contrast to people in the government who have no incentive to respond to employer need. Also, under the red card, employers would have an incentive to do it right because they could get a worker in a week at the most. It would solve the illegal immigration problem and improve border security.

Reason: How would it solve the illegal immigration problem?

Krieble: It would let foreign workers who are here already illegally become legal very quickly. Instead of shutting the borders tightly, as is the case now, immigrants would come and go depending on the availability of jobs. But now they are scared. They feel, gee, I just can’t risk leaving this country to go home. So then they want their families to be here and they start making permanent lives here even though that isn’t what they wanted. But we made it impossible for them to go back and forth. A work permit where people can go back and forth across the border legally would go a long way toward diminishing the illegal population.

Reason: How would it improve border security?

Krieble: If people can come through the gates in the proper way and it’s not very expensive and it’s safe, the only people who’d come any other way would be those with some kind of nefarious motive. Our border agents can capture 50,000 or a 100,000 people a year without any trouble at all. And if they no longer have to catch people who are coming here for jobs – which is the vast majority – they would have enough resources to catch the bad guys.

Also, the red card would have a chip embedded in it – just like those access cards used by companies with security concerns. The microchip has a biometric ID in it – matching either your fingerprints or your iris. It is easy to scan. It would cost $5. You can produce it in 48 hours, so there’s no huge wait line and it’s absolutely 100% secure. It’ll make it easy to track the foreign workers when they enter and exit.

Reason: The standard criticism that you get is that this will flood America with foreign workers and undercut American wages and take away American jobs, so how do you think this will help America?

Krieble: If an American is qualified to do the job and wants the job, all they have to do is look at the database. You probably pay a small fee to have access to the database and there it is. And how many American employers really prefer somebody who speaks good English, is native, who understands the culture? Well, everybody would.

But the real danger of our current system is tyranny – letting the government decide which employers get workers, under what conditions. Now the government completely controls the foreign labor market and, in many ways, the American labor market. We lose another huge segment of our lives to federal government control, to central planning. And if you think about how that’s worked out in Russia and China and Cuba and communist countries, it didn’t work out very well.

Reason: Can you give an example of other countries where such a guest worker program has been this tried and how it has worked out?

Helen Krieble: Here’s one from my experience. My husband was a guest worker in Japan from 1973-78. We went originally for one year. But we kept getting our stay extended for two and three and four and five years. It was terribly easy to renew with the same conditions that our red card would have: You must prove that you’ve never committed a crime and you must have a self-supporting job. You must be filling a job that needs to be filled. Our family was allowed to join, but got no free services. We didn’t get public education, even. We didn’t get medical services. What we did was paid our taxes for roads, clean water, police and fire protection. But we were guests and there was no question in anybody’s mind that we’d get the privileges of citizens.

We’ve done several polls and more than 70% of the Americans, both Democrats and Republicans, said they did not believe our borders would be secure without a good guest worker program. But they also understood that if you have a guest in your house, you don’t immediately put them on your health plan. You don’t give them the keys to your car. They’re guests and they are not the same as the family that owns the house, so there has to be an understood difference between a guest in our country and a citizen. And that’s important because there’s this misunderstanding amongst a lot of people, particularly liberals, that a guest has the same privileges as a citizen.

Reason: Who have you approached in Congress with this idea? What kind of response have you gotten from folks in Congress?

Krieble: We talk to Congress in terms of the American founding principles and ask: “do we all agree on those?” And everybody says, of course, they do, and then we put our immigration plan into that context and it’s amazing how it changes the dialogue.

I’ll give you an example of that. One of the things that America is about is that all men are created equal and need to be treated equally under the law. There’re no kings, there’re no aristocrats. We are all the same under the law. But when you look at the immigration system, it’s full of special deals made with unions or agriculture or with Colorado for ski instructors. That is not American.

What is American is saying let’s solve this problem fairly and evenly across the board and we don’t need an alphabet soup anymore of different categories that we’re going to treat people differently. We need to say, look, all people who apply for the red card, pass this national security check and terrorist watch list, prove or take a self-supporting job, welcome to our country as a guest, but no special deal.

Reason: Has anybody in Congress sponsored legislation along the lines of the red card?

Krieble: Several people have over the last 10 years. Congressman Mike Pence did before he became governor and he was very enthusiastic about this and wrote a fabulous bill that was only 200 pages and then Congressman John Shadegg, he wrote what he joking called the pure bill which was only 12 pages. Did you ever read the actual original Gang of Eight bill?

Well, it went on and on and on. I had the unprivilege of reading every single word twice. If you think Obamacare is a problem don’t pass the Gang of Eight bill. There were a hundred pages on how immigrants could sue their employers for free legal help. It just went on and on. It would be thousands of new government employees, billions and billions of dollars.

Reason: The H-1B program for high-skilled workers is a very flawed program but it allows the high-skilled immigrants on the H-1B to apply for green cards. But as I understand the red card proposal, a worker on the card would need a separate track to be able to get a green card. Why allow the red-card holder the same option of applying for their green card as H-1B high-skilled workers?

Krieble: We do that. That’s part of our plan – but it’s a separate program. When you come as a guest, you’re a guest and there aren’t green cards or citizenship. The second program is run by the government and you simply have to follow whatever the rules are for anybody else applying for citizenship, so you’re not prohibited from it. That has to be a separate program because we need a simple easy-to-care-take-of guest worker program.

Reason: One of the problems with the H-1B program is that it is employer-specific, so if you want to change employers, it’s a very difficult process. It seems that the red card would replicate the same problem and that’s not fair to the foreign worker.

Krieble: That’s simply not fair, because then you’re a slave to a particular job. The red card would be transferrable. The actual card is job specific, but if you find a better job down the street, you call your employment agency, you say I’m giving notice at this job, please cancel my card and issue me a new card for my new job, so people who are guests can be upward mobile.

Reason: So it is not employer specific?

Krieble: It is employer specific, but if you change your job, the employer has to call the agency and say cancel the card, he doesn’t work for me anymore. But the worker can call the agency and say I’ve got this other job and the employment agency has his fingerprints, can run him back through the security check to make sure he’s okay, call the company and make sure that he does have a job and send out a new card. You know how easy it is to cancel your MasterCard if you lose it and then the company issues a new one. Within a week, you’ve got the new card, so if anybody wants to move, they have to give a two-week notice and they have a perfectly legal access to that new job.

Reason: So they won’t have to go back to their country?

Krieble: No.

Reason: The idea of the microchip in the card with biometric information makes a lot of civil libertarians quite nervous. It hands the government tracking ability not only when foreign workers enter and exit the country but also potentially when they are travelling within the country. Does it worry you?

Helen Krieble: The government needs to have some idea who the foreign worker is, so a fingerprint or an iris scan is of great value to the government and I think that’s required. These people are guests in our country. We need to know who they are and that they are people who are not criminals, so it’s a very simple way of doing that and, as I say, that little microchip is absolute every-day routine for any American company that has security issues. Their employees all have those cards.

Reason: For a private company, it’s one thing, and, as you say, it is required for all workers. But in a red card, the information on this microchip is available to the government to keep track of foreigners, especially if they commit crimes. But Americans can engage in criminality too. So if a government has an interest in tracking foreign criminals, doesn’t it also have an interest in tracking native criminals? Wouldn’t the same logic that applies to foreign workers be extended to American workers? Why shouldn’t there be a National ID card with a microchip for all Americans?

Krieble: Citizens are free and the government should not be tracking citizens. If they get arrested for a crime, then they have to put in their DNA and their photographs, etc., so the government can keep track of them and almost every country has some way of keeping track of foreign workers who are not citizens. But remember that citizenship has a lot of privileges and one should be that the government is not keeping track of you every day. You’re a free private person.

Reason: So what happens when your red card-holder finally gets naturalized, what happens to this microchip and all the information on it? Does the government have to destroy that?

Krieble: I think they call their employment agency, prove that they are now citizens and cancel their card.

Reason: But the employment agency and the government already have all this information on them. What happens to that?

Krieble: I don’t know. That’s a very good question. As part of their citizenship, they should not be watched by the federal government and we know the federal government is watching us all the time now.

Reason: What realistically do you think are the odds that this Congress will embrace something like your proposal in the next two years?

Krieble: Well, you’ve noticed that already the discussion for guest workers, foreign workers, is no longer that they must have a path to citizenship. It is they must have a path to legality and I feel that we’ve played a very strong role in changing the language so I think we’ve already had a major influence and I do think that a guest worker program linked to border security is going to be one of the very first pieces that is enacted by Congress. It’s a piece that I think there would be a great deal of consensus on. It’s having foreign workers be productive, not be criminals, come through a gate and not through across the border illegally. It’s a regularization of something that is now a total nightmare.

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Thomas Cochrane would make a great hero for a historical novel. It's arguable that he already is the hero of several, since he may be the model for Horatio Hornblower and Jack Aubrey.

Somehow I'd never heard of Thomas Cochrane until I read Craig Murray's blogpost about him yesterday. Evidently he's not just an important figure in the naval history of Britain but also part of Britain's frequently forgotten radical past. As Craig Murray points out, Cochrane was a radical MP who believed in one man one vote and the abolition of the "tax of knowledge" which priced newspapers so that they were beyond the budget of working people. In 1815 he was arrested in the Houses of Parliament and the precedent has been cited approvingly by New Labour as the government attempts to justify the treatment of Damien Green, shadow immigration secretary.

Craig Murray rightly points out the irony of New Labour, which has laid claim to radical roots, finding its only precedent in actions taken under Lord Liverpool's government, one of the most oppressive administrations of the 19th century.

I don't think there's much need to spell out what was wrong with the arrest of Damien Green or the search of his office, home, computers and emails. Governments who authorise - even at arm's length - the detention of members of the opposition endanger democracy.

But I wish, in all the fuss about the treatment of Damien Green, there had been more mention of the routine use of dawn raids, house searches and detention without trial in Britain - or of the way people legally in this country are required by law to supply detailed biometric data and to pay hundreds of pounds for this privilege.

Asylum seekers in particular are subject to dawn raids. And foreigners, such as students, who are in the country legally, are expected to pay hundreds of pounds for new, biometric ID cards. It's true they won't be taken to the police station to provide the necessary data. Instead they have to travel to one of six centres and wait in line until someone is free to see them. Failure to possess or update a card will be a criminal offence. This is the beginning of ID cards for all of us.

First they came for the asylum seekers. Then they came for the foreigners. Then they came for an Opposition MP. Where will it end?

          Labour plays the race card        

copied from Kathz's Blog

I'm too young to remember the 1964 election in which local Conservatives are said to have used a notoriously nasty slogan to win Smethwick. Patrick Gordon-Walker, the defeated Labour man, may also have pandered to racism on occasion.

At least the Tory slogan in Smethwick was unofficial. In the Crewe by-election, called in indecent haste before the previous MP's funeral, the Labour Party is putting out an official leaflet which carries a picture of the Conservative candidate and the question, "Do you oppose making foreign nationals carry an ID card?"

Maybe the Conservative party policy isn't clear on the issue. But Labour (government) policy isn't just about foreign (non-EEC, by the way) nationals.
Soon we shall all have to carry ID cards. The government is preparing to collect our biometric details so that it can store them on a database. The ID scheme targeting foreign nationals is simply starting with a soft target - people who don't have votes.

The Labour leaflet in Crewe hasn't been published to open up a debate on ID cards. The government has made it very clear that the introduction of ID cards is not open to debate. This leaflet is about race. It's about fuelling fear and race hatred to hold a vulnerable seat in a parliamentary by-election. The implication of the leaflet is that foreigners are dangerous and only the Labour Party will keep them under surveillance.

Spreading suspicion is dangerous. Mistrust is often a two-way process. And for many the word "foreigners" doesn't just mean citizens of other countries. It means immigrants and the descendants of immigrants. It includes people whose families have been British citizens for generations but who happen to be a different colour or follow a different religion.

The Tory slogan at Smethwick wasn't on leaflets. It was part of an unofficial whispering campaign. I don't know whether it was approved by the local Conservative Party or their winning candidate. But in Crewe the slogan is on official leaflets, produced by the Labour Party and endorsed by
the Labour Party candidate. (Of course, she says it's just about policy.)

In fact, no-one, not even foreigners, will be required to "carry" an ID card. The national database will make this unnecessary - and it won't be secret or secure.
          Computational Science and Its Applications - ICCSA 2008 - Part I        
Computational Science and Its Applications - ICCSA 2008 - Part I
Product Description

The two-volume set LNCS 5072 and 5073 constitutes the refereed proceedings of the International Conference on Computational Science and Its Applications, ICCSA 2008, held in Perugia, Italy, in June/July, 2008. The two volumes contain papers presenting a wealth of original research results in the field of computational science, from foundational issues in computer science and mathematics to advanced applications in virtually all sciences making use of computational techniques. The topics of the fully refereed papers are structured according to the five major conference themes: computational methods, algorithms and scientific applications, high performance technical computing and networks, advanced and emerging applications, geometric modelling, graphics and visualization, as well as information systems and information technologies. 
Moreover, submissions from more than 20 workshops and technical sessions in the areas, such as embedded systems, geographical analysis, computational geometry, computational geomatics, computer graphics, virtual reality, computer modeling, computer algebra, mobile communications, wireless networks, computational forensics, data storage, information security, web learning, software engineering, computational intelligence, digital security, biometrics, molecular structures, material design, ubiquitous computing, symbolic computations, web systems and intelligence, and e-education contribute to this publication.

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          Tech Gifts for the Athlete        

The advent of constant digital monitoring has made “just doing it” a thing of the past for most athletes. Now, doing it without capturing the biometrics and sick video to show off on YouTube is like not doing it at all. And besides capturing bragging rights, the same gadgets can help an athlete perform better, […]

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          Microchipping Humans: First, Freedom for Security, Now Privacy for Convenience        

Source: The Free Thought Project | by Claire Bernish

Whether society's placating soma of an obsession with stuff and things was engineered by the political upper echelons or fell, in some nightmarish fluke, at the feet of frothy-mouthed surveillance hawks, perhaps matters not an iota, considering the State probably has more eyes in your home than does your family.

That — implanting appliances, phones, electronics, homes, cars, kids' toys, and damned near any other objects pervertible for domestic spying — takes gall.

Like well-oiled cogs, however, even corporate media's condemnation in headlines of the aforementioned abhorrent surveillance programs exposed by a series of tremendously important leaks and leakers, could not sway consumerists, on the whole, to raise as much as an eyebrow. Why this stupefying apathy to multitudinous rights violations perpetrated by the United States government against, well, the planet?


If America traded liberty for security, it chucked privacy for convenience — to our steep detriment and the State's undoubted joy. Voice and typed internet searches on any device, putatively private chat conversations on social media, and the ever-popular, dual-facing camera — to most consumers, these and more are mere modern amenities — vast leaps forward in speed and quality and luxury and so on, ad infinitum.

Privacy and constitutional rights law can't keep pace with invention in this digital age, leaving advancements open to abuse by both the surveillance and police states — as well as a predictable tangle of precedent-setting court cases, each breaking as much ground as the technologies they debate.

One technological wolf-in-sheep's-clothing slipped unobtrusively into Europe as an apparent answer to accessibility in the workplace: RFID chips — grain-of-rice-sized, injectable, memory-packed, protean implants — designed to identify the bearer for use of equipment, purchases, logins, and other operations generally requiring more than the wave of one's implant.

Once workers took the plunge, RFID (radio frequency identification) technology sprang up in a smattering of places; and, soon, Sweden accepted microchips for payment at government-run train stations — as if subcutaneous tech were well-rooted and time-tested.

Then, just this week, reports a Wisconsin business held a party for workers volunteering for a chip set social media into paroxysms over privacy worries, the role and acceptable extent of nascent technology literally in our lives, and only somewhat far-flung fears the tiny gadget will ultimately fall to malevolent, coercive control to some unknown, but obviously untenable, end.

Such a scenario isn't unfathomable in context — governments the world over maintain power efficaciously when control looks most like convenience to the populace. Think, enhanced 'security' at major airports following the attacks of 9/11 — and increased surveillance, tracking, monitoring, the introduction of artificial intelligence, use of biometrics databases, extremist countering programs, and all the rest occupying a salacious list of State machinations in the perpetual War on Terror.

Both sides of the RFID debate, however, have thus far addressed microchipping as a voluntary action, lending a sense the forceful implantation concerns have been delegated only to the most suspicious among us — away from the fraught theater of theoretical future purposes the invasive item might portend.

RFIDs cannot track a human being like a GPS-enabled device — functioning more like an office key card than homing device, microchip implants will only retain the data necessary for its specific duties — but that hasn't quelled a murmur suspicious that advancements mean tracking is coming soon.

In fact, the roll-out of RFIDs into the private sector bolsters their PR, as an increasing number of bosses already have gently prodded employees to submit to the implant, while distressed employees fret over whether they're next — or if a chip, for them, won't come with the option of saying no and keeping the job.

Conjecture over the future being a vacuous exercise in futility, we cannot know for certain if RFIDs will end up used for proverbial good or bad; but, as the chips begin frequenting headlines, vigilance is essential — an unrecoverable freedom vanishes only when no one's heeding the signs. Compulsory implantation isn't honestly a grand departure from volunteering for a chip — factor employer incentives or refusals to hire those who won't submit, and the financial repercussions act in de facto force.

Keep in mind, an interminable list of possible hiccups — chips coming out, being forcibly removed, forcibly implanted, and somehow falling into criminal hands, for starters — have yet to be thoroughly fleshed out.

Several politicians across the U.S. have introduced legislation to ban forever mandatory RFID chip implantation.

None of this sought to nor should sway the reader to a specific position concerning the microchipping of human beings — that decision of body sovereignty must be left to the individual when appropriate.

Casual human micro-chipping might or might not be pervasive down the road — though, in conjunction with the monumental shift from hard currency to digital, the former seems probable — so, familiarizing oneself with the technology now is prudent.

While jumping to volunteer as your company's micro-chipping guinea pig is indeed an option, consider history's cautionary tales of governments fatally drunk on the power robbed from the masses — who never again reclaim it until decimation of a system — and know indisputably we've peered over similar precipices before.

Neither wholescale condemnation nor blithe approval should characterize positions on micro-chipping until further study can be performed — but a healthy dose of skepticism in matters of the State must always be advised.

RFID chips are probably here to stay — whether that's acceptable must be decided soon. This is a test — and it appears to be going swimmingly.
          SpeedVault Safe - Digital or Biometric        
SpeedVault Safe - Digital or Biometric offers multiple attachment options

Keep your handgun safe, secure and readily accessible with Gun Vault's SpeedVault series. Available with digital access pad (SV500) or biometric fingerprint recognition (SVB500). The SpeedVault is as fast as it is discreet. It is the ideal choice when you're look..

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          MicroVault Safe - Digital or Biometric        
Microvault gun safe - Digital or Biometric

The GunVault MicroVault provides lightning-quick access, even in the dark. Two models available - either with standard digital keypad or the biometric version features a fingerprint scanner.

The unique, noteboo..

Price: $99.00

          Three-Ring Circus        

As I go back to the lecture hall this quarter, it is interesting to think about all of the different experiments taking place right now in the connected courses movement, which encourages faculty and students to use new technologies for online social networks to experiment with access and collaboration in new pedagogical ways.

Last week the FemTechNet DOCC (Distributed Open Collaborative Course) hosted its first Open Office Hour for the year, which I moderated with the help of Melissa Gregg, a renowned researcher on ubiquitous technologies, affective labor, and the quantified self movement.  Students were encouraged to watch a video dialogue themed around "Labor" with Judy Wajcman and Anne Balsamo before coming to the office hour and to read a set of open access readings on the subject.  Although we had faculty members rather than students show up for the office hour, it was still a lively discussion, which pointed to the possibilities for more kinds of synchronous exchanges in connected courses, as Gregg spoke from her own office in Intel.

Last week was also the week when the materials that I had developed with Jill Walker Rettberg and the rest of the Selfie Researchers group were scheduled to be covered in the collaborative syllabus for our Selfie Course.  Jill wrote a great blog post for our week on "Dataveillance, Biometrics, and Facial Recognition."

Before I know it, the FemTechNet week on "Diversity, Equity, Access" will be coming up in the Connected Courses initiative for "active co-learning in higher ed" with Balsamo,  Lisa Nakamura, and Veronica Paredes.  Course facilitators Jim Groom, Alan Levine, and Howard Rheingold have been building from the earlier Reclaim Open Learning challenge to rethink the MOOC paradigm with more innovative options for higher education.

As though this three-ring circus doesn't have enough going on simultaneously, I am also working with other faculty in the UC system to design and develop an online Digital Writing and Rhetoric course with the Innovative Learning Technology Initiative.  To complement course content, interviews with researchers in the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology are publicly available for others interested in digital rhetoric.  

As usual, I have also set up the video podcasts for my big Media Seductions course,  so that even my regular university teaching will continue to have an open component. 

          Technology Making Headway on the Modern Day Battlefield        
Package about U.S. Soldiers using biometric data collection and explosives detection sprays to find and detain possible insurgent forces. Produced by Sgt. Rachel Badgeley
          Providing highly-secured lockers to deposit your valuables at rea        
Luton Safe Deposit is prone to facilitate our valuable clients with premium services and highly-advanced security surveillance through digital CCTV cameras, Encrypted access cards and Biometric technology, so you can deposit valuables with a guarantee. For more inquiries call now. Website: Contact: 01582 380 008 Address: 15 KING STREET LUTON BEDFORDSHIRE LU1 2DW
          Rethinking Authentication And Biometric Security, The Toptal Way        
How does one secure a vast, distributed network of tech talent? There are three ways of doing this: the right way, the wrong way, and the Toptal way. Today, we will be discussing the latter, and unveiling our plans for a comprehensive overhaul of our onboarding and authentication procedures. In this post, Toptal Technical Editor Nermin Hajdarbegovic will help you get acquainted with our brand new processes. Since all Toptalers will be required to use our new security platform, we encourage you to comment and contribute to our efforts.
          Biometric Security – The Key To Passwordless Authentication Or A Fad?        
Passwordless authentication has been the Holy Grail of security for years, but progress has been painfully slow. Until a few years ago, the technology to implement passwordless logins on a grand scale simply wasn’t available. However, the industry juggernaut is slowly but surely changing this. There are a few technical, legal and even ethical considerations to take into account, but be as it may, biometric, passwordless authentication is here to stay.
           Decision-theoretic designs for a series of trials with correlated treatment effects using the Sarmanov multivariate beta-binomial distribution         
Hee, Siew Wan, Parsons, Nicholas R. and Stallard, Nigel. (2017) Decision-theoretic designs for a series of trials with correlated treatment effects using the Sarmanov multivariate beta-binomial distribution. Biometrical Journal . ISSN 0323-3847
           Blinded versus unblinded estimation of a correlation coefficient to inform interim design adaptations         
Kunz, Cornelia, Stallard, Nigel, Parsons, Nicholas R., Todd, Susan and Friede, Tim. (2016) Blinded versus unblinded estimation of a correlation coefficient to inform interim design adaptations. Biometrical Journal . ISSN 0323-3847 (In Press)
           Determination of the optimal sample size for a clinical trial accounting for the population size         
Stallard, Nigel, Miller, Frank, Day, Simon, Hee, Siew Wan, Madan, Jason, Zohar, Sarah and Posch, Martin. (2016) Determination of the optimal sample size for a clinical trial accounting for the population size. Biometrical Journal . ISSN 0323-3847 (In Press)
          Connected Infant Mattress: Babybe        
Connected Infant Mattress: Babybe Connected medical devices often focus on collecting and analyzing biometric data so that patients and healthcare providers can have a clearer real-time view into the diagnosis and treatment of a condition. Chilean startup Babybe comes at smart medicine from a different direction: Its first...
          All-Day Bluetooth Health Patch: AmpStrip        
All-Day Bluetooth Health Patch: AmpStrip When it comes to the “quantified self”, heart rate is usually the first and most popular bit of biometric data people want to collect about their own bodies -- especially for athletes. There are countless smart heart monitors in the form of chest straps,...
          Rinnovo passaporti, 11 e 12 marzo a Portland        
Dal console di Portland ricevo e volentieri pubblico:

Vi volevo confermare che il rappresentante dell’ ufficio passaporti del Consolato Generale d'Italia in San Francisco sara` a Portland presso il nostro ufficio  l’ 11 e 12 Marzo per rilevare le impronte biometriche e quindi dare la possibilita’ di rinnovare il passaporto Italiano senza andare a San Francisco. Vi prego di notificare I vostri contatti nella comunita’ Italiana di questa opportunita’.
Andrea Bartoloni | Console Onorario D'Italia
1331 NW Lovejoy Street, Suite 900 | Portland, OR 97209
Telefono: 503.226.1191

          Indra Deploys Automated Border Biometric Control Systems at Seven Spanish Airports and the Port of Algeciras        
Over the first six months of 2015 Indra successfully deployed ABC (Automatic Border Control) biometric systems at five Spanish airports and the Port of Algeciras. These systems make for faster processing of all adult citizens of the European Economic Area returning to the same from non-member states. Specifically the company has deployed a total of 124 ABC systems at the airports of Madrid, Barcelona, Girona, Palma de Mallorca, Alicante, South Tenerife and Malaga, with the latter being operat...
          La password sei tu: i nuovi francobolli disegnati da Marco Goran Romano        
La nuova serie di francobolli disegnati da Marco Goran Romano, sotto l'art direction di Gianni Sinni (Fondatore di LCD, contributor per e docente universitario) coadiuvato per l'appunto da un team di esperti dell’Ufficio Filatelico e Numismatico della Repubblica di San Marino. Il tema di questa emissione sono le password biometriche, quindi scansione dell’iride, delle impronte digitali e riconoscimento vocale come ultima frontiera della sicurezza informatica e non solo.
          Access Control Market Growing at a CAGR of 6.48% During 2017 to 2023 says a New Research Report at ReportsnReports        
...64 Market Data Tables and 46 Figures spread through 173 Pages and in-depth TOC on " Access Control Market - Global Forecast to 2023 " ...

          Omezení při vydávání občanských průkazů a cestovních dokladů ve dnech 15.-31.12.2015        
V případě schválení novely zákonů č. 328/1999 Sb., o občanských průkazech a č. 329/1999 Sb., o cestovních dokladech, upozorňujeme občany, že v době od 15.12.2015 do 31.12.2015 budou informační systémy občanských průkazů (dále jen OP)a cestovních dokladů (dále jen CD) mimo provoz. V době od 15.12.2015 do 31.12.2015 nebude možné v rámci celé České republiky podat žádost o vydání OP se strojově čitelnými údaji, OP se strojově čitelnými údaji a s kontaktním elektronickým čipem ani žádost o vydání CD se strojově čitelnými údaji a s nosičem dat s biometrickými údaji a také nebude možné vyhotovené doklady vyzvednout.
          Learning To Drive A Car In The UK        
Okay, so you are thinking of learning to drive a car and pass the UK driving test, and are not sure where to start. Well how about starting at the beginning!

If you have not already done so, then your first step is to:
  1. Apply for and get a Provisional Licence. The current fee (August 2015) is £50.
    An international or foreign driving licence can not be used to prepare for the UK driving test, though you can use one to drive unsupervised within the 1st 12 months of you arriving in the country.
    Anyone normally resident in the UK and aged 17 or over can apply for a provisional license, If you are 16 and in receipt of the higher disability benefit you can also apply for one. Doing it online is quicker especially if you have a new biometric passport.
  2. Start preparing for your theory test. You need to pass the theory test before you are allowed to book a practical driving test appointment, so the earlier you get this out of the way, the better as you can concentrate on your lessons.
    Some advise: You can getting your learning underway preparing for the driving test by getting a copy of the Highway Code and reading it. If you can read through it twice before you get in the car, you will be amazed at how much easier your lessons will be.
  3. Another thing you can do is start reading your Official Theory Test CD/DVD material. This is the material by the people who conduct the test, so make sure you understand it fully, especially the Hazard perception portion which is where a lot of candidates fail.
    The Highway Code will start you on the way, but you will need to read the additional official book and practise your hazard perception skills (there are other resources out there including apps for your smartphone). You can not however apply to sit the theory test until you've received your provisional licence. Once you've received your provisional licence, you can now start thinking about when you want to book your Theory Test and choosing an instructor.
  4. Take driving Lessons! There are currently no legal requirements (August 2015)that make it compulsory for a provisional licence holder to take driving lessons with a fully qualified ADI in order to sit and pass the UK test, however I advice you do at least take some in order to make sure you are at the right standard, get a knowledge of the area you will taken, deal with bad habits and therefore increase your chances of passing and getting a full licence. This is especially true if you are a foreign licence holder or have been taught by parents or friends.

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          SamDrivers 17.3-Collection of drivers for Windows [Multi]        
SamDrivers 17.3-Collection of drivers for Windows [Multi]
SamDrivers 17.3-Collection of drivers for Windows [Multi]
Software Version: 17.3
Language: Russian, English and other
Treatment: not required

System requirements:
Any version of Windows from Windows 2000 to Windows 10 (32bit-64bit)

Collection of drivers from for all 32-bit and 64-bit Windows operating systems ranging from Windows 2000 to Windows 10 RS2 including server platforms. As the shell-installer to auto-detect your hardware and automatically install the necessary drivers to use special programs: DriverPack Solution 16.17.3 Plus / Drivers Installer Assistant 8.02.20 / Snappy Driver Installer 0.3.539 / DRP 17.7.33 / shell for backup Drivers Backup drivers Solution 3.90.21. The collection includes the most current drivers on the date of the release of personally collected SamLab. Do not confuse this package with a driver-packs from Bashrat'a - these drivers are newer and more stable. SamLab long been a member of the team Bashrat has the opportunity to know about all the problems of a similar driver packs to create its own set of the most comprehensive and peaceful!
Additional Information:

Drivers for touchpads and other input devices of the driver packs DP_Touchpad_HHH install only under the personal supervision, and only DPS shell.
All of these devices have the same ID - monitor that the company put on the touchpad in the title pack and laptop vendor in the name of the folder with the drivers.
Still the same identifiers found in drivers for sound cards and tuners - install only those drivers, which company your device.
Key features of the collection:
Support for 32/64-bit Windows XP / Vista operating systems / 7/8 / 8.1 / 10
Maximum set of drivers for PCs and notebooks on the same disc
Automatic installation of the one-touch driver and software
Rapid diagnosis of your computer / laptop equipment
Backup installed drivers in the system
The friendly and helpful multilingual interface
Ability to work with any carrier program
Included in the collection of driver packs:
Included in the program:
CoDeC Pack
AOMEI Backupper
Flash Player
Shockwave Player
Windows Libraries
Microsoft Visual C ++
.Net Framework
Java Runtime

SlimJet (Chrome)
Mozilla Firefox


Foxit PDF Reader
FastStone Image Viewer



The Internet:

360 Total Security
Tencent PC Manager

Classic Shell
Punto Switcher

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the MD5: 8A20F900DC3D21E1ED470E0CC97438D6
the SHA-1: A118B9001A36E019BC4CDE79AC9478D057A77D5F
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          Snappy Driver Installer R539-driverpak 17024        
Snappy Driver Installer R539-driverpak 17024
Version of the program: the SDI R539 from 27.02.2017 / the DP 17024 of 27/02/2017
Developers: SamLab (drayverpaki), BadPointer (program).
Language: ThaiLand, English and another 33 languages.
Treatment: not required

System requirements:
Windows 2000 | XP | Vista | 7 | 8 | 8.1 | 10

Snappy Driver Installer (the SDI) - a portable software to install and update drivers and does not require an internet connection. It is a leader among the programs of this class matching accuracy and speed drivers. When ranking the driver gives priority to a more appropriate drivers (regardless of the availability of newer versions), to minimize the risks to ordinary users. Specialists can evaluate a large amount of information issued by the driver and the option to choose an alternate driver.

Key Features SDI:
Programming language: C / C ++.
The most advanced algorithm for matching drivers among peers.
The program "weighs" about 4 megabytes (both versions) and does not require any third-party programs / libraries.
High performance for indexing, searching for drivers, installing.
Support for uncompressed drivers.
Creating snapshots of the system, allowing to emulate someone else's system to another PC.
Warnings about possible virus attempts to infect the stick with the program.
The ability to update the software via the Internet and drayverpaki (torrent technology).
What is this release different from SamDrivers?
This distribution is created on the basis of the collection SamDrivers with the following differences:
No third-party software.
There are no other programs to install the drivers.
Included are two versions of the program the SDI - 32-bit and 64-bit.
The distribution is made in the form of a folder, and not-.iso image that allows you to choose to download drayverpaki.
Distribution is updated with each release drayverpakov rather than once a month.
Drayverpak DP_zBad renamed DP_zSDI_only, because it contains the drivers for the devices installed that is only possible through the SDI program
Added additional drayverpak DP_Videos_OEM (drayverpakov description below)
Drayverpak, included in the distribution
DP_Biometric | Touchscreens
DP_Bluetooth | Bluetooth Devices
| DP_CardReader Card Readers
DP_Chipset | Chipsets
DP_LAN_Intel | Intel Network Cards
| DP_LAN_Others Network cards Other
DP_LAN_Realtek-NT | Network cards Realtek (Win Vista-10)
DP_LAN_Realtek-XP, | Network cards the Realtek (the Win XP,)
DP_MassStorage | Controllers, the HDD / the SSD
DP_Misc | Peripherals
DP_Modem | Modems
DP_Monitor | Monitors and projectors
DP_Printer | Printers
DP_Sound_ADI | Sound ADI card and the Max the Sound
DP_Sound_CMedia | Sound cards-the Media the C
DP_Sound_Conexant | Sound the Conexant
DP_Sound_Creative | Sound the Creative
DP_Sound_IDT | Sound Cards IDT and the SigmaTel
DP_Sound_Others | Sound cards Other
DP_Sound_VIA | VIA Sound Cards
| DP_Sounds_HDMI HDMI devices are the audio
DP_Sounds_Realtek | Sound the Realtek
DP_Telephone | Phones / Smartphones
DP_Touchpad_Alps | Touch-pads Alps
DP_Touchpad_Cypress | Touch-pads of Cypress
DP_Touchpad_Elan | Touch-pads of Elan
DP_Touchpad_Others | Touch-pads Other
DP_Touchpad_Synaptics | Touch-pads The Synaptics
DP_TV_Aver | Tuner Aver
DP_TV_Beholder | Tuner Beholder
DP_TV_DVB | Tuners and DVB devices
DP_TV_Others | Tuners other
DP_Vendor | The unique device-specific vendor
DP_Video_Intel-NT | Intel Graphics Card (Win Vista-10)
DP_Video_Intel-XP, | Intel Graphics Card (the Win XP,)
DP_Video_nVIDIA_Server | Server-side graphics the nVidia
DP_Video_nVIDIA-the NT | Video Cards nVidia (Win Vista-10)
DP_Video_nVIDIA-XP, | NVidia Graphics cards (the Win XP,)
DP_Videos_AMD_Server | AMD / ATI graphics cards Server
DP_Videos_AMD-NT | AMD / ATI Video Cards (Win Vista-10)
DP_Videos_AMD-XP, | AMD / ATI Graphics cards (the Win XP,)
DP_Videos_Others | Video cards Other
DP_WebCam | Web camera
DP_WLAN-WiFi | Wi-Fi module and wireless devices
DP_WWAN-4G | Modem / 3G / 4G / LTE devices
DP_xUSB | Controllers, the USB
DP_zUSB3 | USB controllers 3
DP_zVirtual | Virtual devices
DP_zBad | Different device drivers which are best installed only via SDI

Various utility to work with the program, who need to know
Click on the panel driver install / remove "daw".
"Install" button starts the installation of the selected driver.
Click on the driver panel, while holding down the Shift key starts the installation of the driver.
During installation, you can add / exclude drivers to be installed.
Cancel the driver installation is possible up to its final unpacking.
Click on the general progress bar stops the installation.
Holding down the space bar when the mouse cursor displays a table on the panel driver with all alternative drivers for this device. The list is sorted by the most optimum for less suitable.
Click on the icon with the double "daw" on the right side panel of the driver opens the list of alternative drivers for the device.
Show alternative drivers can also use filters in the expert mode.
Holding the Ctrl when you hover the mouse cursor over the driver displays a hint with the comparison of the installed driver to the proposed installation. Green illuminated preferred characteristics. The lower driver score, the better it fits.
Right click on the driver panel opens a context menu.
Click on the panel, "System Information" opens the "Device Manager".
Right click on the panel, "System Information" to open a context menu where you can select a system in the list for which will be found / selected drivers on a given hardware configuration.
The program window can be dragged over any part thereof.
In the case of addition / removal of devices, the program will automatically update the drivers list.
At attempt to write an autorun.inf file on a flash drive, you may receive a warning about a possible virus.
Press the F8 key, you can change the display mode of the drivers in the list. One touch displays to the right of the panel name of the driver drayverpak with this driver. A second click moves the name drayverpak up over the driver / drivers group. A third press removes the name drayverpak. (The same actions available in the "Options" dialog box)
Hold down the Ctrl key while rotating the mouse wheel allows you to zoom in / out interface elements in the program window. Pressing Ctrl + 0 returns the dimensions of the elements 'default' interface. Similarly, the combination of running an alternative hold down the Ctrl key and the "+" and "-" the keyboard. (The same actions available in the "Options" dialog box)
Recording on the DVD assembly
To build on the DVD recording is not necessary to create an ISO image (although you can do it), because-Man About Town program and the standard Windows tool for recording discs are able to record directly from a folder.

1. Run the program and set the desired setting.
2. Delete the folder logs.
3. If you are recording on a single-layer DVD disc, it is necessary to remove from the drivers folder:
- DP_Printer
- DP_Touchpad_Alps
- DP_Touchpad_Cypress
- DP_Touchpad_Elan
- DP_Touchpad_Others
- DP_Touchpad_Synaptics
- DP_TV_Others
- DP_Video_Others
- DP_Video_Server
4. Transfer the files on the DVD drive and select "Write these files to CD disk".

Changes on 02/03/2017
SDI R539 updated to version
updated to version 18 drayverpakov 17024 (~ 2.8 GB)

How to download an updated distribution
If the update occurs in the same folder, where there is a previous version, some additional steps are required to complete in order to avoid possible problems.

Method 1 (easy)
Remove old torrent of client, delete all downloaded data.
Download new torrent and start download.

Method 2 (correct)
Remove old torrent of client data from the folder to delete all folders and files except folder the Drivers .
Download new torrent.
Remove daw start downloading or stop the download if it has already begun.
In the pop-hand menu (right click on the line) select the action Calculate hash / Check force .
you can start download the scan is complete.
To delete old drayverpakov after downloading the file you need to run del_old_driverpacks.bat .
Name: Snappy Driver Installer R539.iso
Date: 3/2/2017
Size: 11.3GB (3,561,994,240 bytes)
SHA-1: 4b71754bc0a99953ff7e3413a6e3aa7bd82bca9a
MD5: f6cf30fe0a55b26d816780efbcafe02c
CRC32: 460bba1f

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          2015 Challenge winner and finalists reflect on their experiences        

In the past decade, the digital world has begun to develop faster and faster. These days, solutions to so many things — from outsmarting traffic to tracking biometrics — are often boiled down to a simple, sleek website or smartphone app.

Most people don’t realize that the development of all these software applications takes an extraordinary amount of time, skill and funding.

But with the UChicago App Challenge, all you really need to create the next big app is a great idea.

          You’ve Got Mail … And Why That Should Be Such A Scary Phrase        
People around the world send and receive over two-and-a-half million emails a second. So given how much email we use, why is our email hygiene so bad, and can we make it better? Biometrica's Director of Project Architecture, Kevin King, breaks it down for us.
          Biometrica’s Kevin Parker Joins Tribal Gaming Protection Network Advisory Board        
The TGPN, A NIGA Initiative, Was Set Up To Provide Resources To Protect Native American Tribes From Internal And External Threats. Parker to help them navigate threat landscape.
          Biometrica Announces First Round Of Growth Financing From Lighter Capital        
Lighter Capital, A Seattle-Based Lender, Provides $300,000 To Jump-Start Expansion Strategy, As Company Looks To Increase Footprint Within Casino Industry And Other Verticals
          The 5 Security Imperatives The Trump Administration Faces        
In a rapidly evolving, technology-driven environment, where the IoT is a way of life, the incoming administration faces a number of new challenges, especially from a security perspective. Biometrica CEO, Wyly Wade, details 5 major challenges ahead.
          Biometrica Announces Release Of New SSIN, With Mobile App That Allows Near Real-Time Facial Recognition        
Enhanced functionalities of the new, fully encrypted Security & Surveillance Information Network, including a mobile app, will give clients the ability to run facial recognition scans on suspicious persons from anywhere on a property or beyond
          Sep 28, 2017: 2017-2018 Wellbeing Incentive Program at Benson University Center        

A new wellbeing program is offered in collaboration with Wake Forest Baptist Health. Faculty and staff enrolled in the University’s medical plan are eligible to earn a $100 credit by completing a Health Risk Assessment and attending a free one-on-one appointment. Register for one of the appointments below, which will include a biometric screening and coaching session. Optional flu shots will also be offered, and a separate registration will be available for these in September.

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          Oct 3, 2017: 2017-2018 Wellbeing Incentive Program at University Corporate Center        

A new wellbeing program is offered in collaboration with Wake Forest Baptist Health. Faculty and staff enrolled in the University’s medical plan are eligible to earn a $100 credit by completing a Health Risk Assessment and attending a free one-on-one appointment. Register for one of the appointments below, which will include a biometric screening and coaching session. Optional flu shots will also be offered, and a separate registration will be available for these in September.

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          Oct 3, 2017: 2017-2018 Wellbeing Incentive Program at University Corporate Center        

A new wellbeing program is offered in collaboration with Wake Forest Baptist Health. Faculty and staff enrolled in the University’s medical plan are eligible to earn a $100 credit by completing a Health Risk Assessment and attending a free one-on-one appointment. Register for one of the appointments below, which will include a biometric screening and coaching session. Optional flu shots will also be offered, and a separate registration will be available for these in September.

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          Oct 3, 2017: 2017-2018 Wellbeing Incentive Program at University Corporate Center        

A new wellbeing program is offered in collaboration with Wake Forest Baptist Health. Faculty and staff enrolled in the University’s medical plan are eligible to earn a $100 credit by completing a Health Risk Assessment and attending a free one-on-one appointment. Register for one of the appointments below, which will include a biometric screening and coaching session. Optional flu shots will also be offered, and a separate registration will be available for these in September.

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          Oct 4, 2017: 2017-2018 Wellbeing Incentive Program at Graylyn International Conference Center        

A new wellbeing program is offered in collaboration with Wake Forest Baptist Health. Faculty and staff enrolled in the University’s medical plan are eligible to earn a $100 credit by completing a Health Risk Assessment and attending a free one-on-one appointment. Register for one of the appointments below, which will include a biometric screening and coaching session. Optional flu shots will also be offered, and a separate registration will be available for these in September.

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          Oct 4, 2017: 2017-2018 Wellbeing Incentive Program at Graylyn International Conference Center        

A new wellbeing program is offered in collaboration with Wake Forest Baptist Health. Faculty and staff enrolled in the University’s medical plan are eligible to earn a $100 credit by completing a Health Risk Assessment and attending a free one-on-one appointment. Register for one of the appointments below, which will include a biometric screening and coaching session. Optional flu shots will also be offered, and a separate registration will be available for these in September.

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          Oct 17, 2017: 2017-2018 Wellbeing Incentive Program at Farrell Hall        

A new wellbeing program is offered in collaboration with Wake Forest Baptist Health. Faculty and staff enrolled in the University’s medical plan are eligible to earn a $100 credit by completing a Health Risk Assessment and attending a free one-on-one appointment. Register for one of the appointments below, which will include a biometric screening and coaching session. Optional flu shots will also be offered, and a separate registration will be available for these in September.

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          Oct 17, 2017: 2017-2018 Wellbeing Incentive Program at Farrell Hall        

A new wellbeing program is offered in collaboration with Wake Forest Baptist Health. Faculty and staff enrolled in the University’s medical plan are eligible to earn a $100 credit by completing a Health Risk Assessment and attending a free one-on-one appointment. Register for one of the appointments below, which will include a biometric screening and coaching session. Optional flu shots will also be offered, and a separate registration will be available for these in September.

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          Oct 23, 2017: 2017-2018 Wellbeing Incentive Program at Wake Forest University Charlotte Center        

A new wellbeing program is offered in collaboration with Wake Forest Baptist Health. Faculty and staff enrolled in the University’s medical plan are eligible to earn a $100 credit by completing a Health Risk Assessment and attending a free one-on-one appointment. Register for one of the appointments below, which will include a biometric screening and coaching session. Optional flu shots will also be offered, and a separate registration will be available for these in September.

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          Oct 25, 2017: 2017-2018 Wellbeing Incentive Program at Benson University Center        

A new wellbeing program is offered in collaboration with Wake Forest Baptist Health. Faculty and staff enrolled in the University’s medical plan are eligible to earn a $100 credit by completing a Health Risk Assessment and attending a free one-on-one appointment. Register for one of the appointments below, which will include a biometric screening and coaching session. Optional flu shots will also be offered, and a separate registration will be available for these in September.

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          Classifying SharePoint Threats        

SharePoint threats come in many forms; however it is most important to remember that SharePoint is merely an ASP.NET application, and thus subject to all if not most of the same core vulnerabilities that affect its baseline components. All of the layers that make SharePoint function as a product such as SQL server and IIS […]

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          Technology risks - 802.16 (WiMax) security        
Technology risks: In a three- to four-page, double-spaced paper, identify the risks associated with a particular technology and present your suggested countermeasures, outlining costs and benefits for senior management

Proposed solution...

802.16 Or WiMax technologies are ideal while trying to deliver wireless high speed internet connection between offices in the same metropolitan area. Besides being the ideal technology for MAN networks, WiMax in general offers many advantages. Some of the advantages include its ability to offer extended range of coverage over existing Wi-Fi systems, applicability to dedicated public safety spectrum that is not shared with the public at large, fixed and Mobile standards-based technologies consistent with potentially similar commercial mobile cellular systems developments, and above all, a higher data rates that support full range of applications including voice, data, and video (Federal Communication commission ). However, 802.16 technologies just as any wireless technologies, have some risks and vulnerabilities that must be monitored closely to ensure data integrity, confidentiality, and availability. In this document, we will identify the security risks associated with 802.16 networks, then we will  provide some countermeasures to the risks while also outlining costs and benefits to senior management.
WiMax technologies have security vulnerabilities in both their physical and MAC layers. First, in the physical layer, according to Trung Nguyen of the Washington university in St. Louis, due to the fact that WiMax security is implemented in the security sub-layer of the physical layer, the physical layer is unsecure and is not protected from attacks (Nguyen, 2009). Some possible attacks aiming at the vulnerabilities in the physical layer are jamming attack, scrambling attack, and water torture attacks (Nguyen, 2009). In addition to these attacks, 802.16 technologies are also vulnerable to other attacks such as forgery attacks and replay attacks.
The above security risks mentioned mainly exploit the defects in WiMax devices’ physical layer. However, WiMax devices’ MAC layer has also shown to have defects that can as well be exploited. Just as in physical layer, some attackers can exploit the MAC layer’s vulnerabilities to lunch attacks against 802.16 networks.  Man-In-The-Middle attack and DoS attacks are known as the two of the most destructive attacks that can exploit such vulnerabilities.
With WiMax devices, according to Karen Scarfone, Cyrus Tibbs, and Matthew Sexton of the US Department of Commerce at NIST institute, in a man-in-the-middle attack, an attacker deceives a Subscriber Station and a Mobile Subscriber to appear as a legitimate Base Station while simultaneously deceiving a Base Station to appear as a legitimate Subscriber Station or Mobile Subscriber (Scarfone, Tibbs, & Sexton, 2010). Due to the fact that data can be intercepted and altered before being retransmitted, a man-in-the-middle attack causes eavesdropping issues with data integrity and confidentiality to be at risk. Denial of Service attack on the other hand occurs when an attacker lunches bogus traffic against a network in attempts to prevent legitimate users' access.
To mitigate to the security defects and vulnerabilities in both physical and MAC layers of WiMax devices, organizations must implement both non-technical (laws, rules and policies) and technical (firewalls, patches, OS updates, anti-virus programs, etc...) security controls.
For non-technical security controls, first and foremost, organizations must develop WiMax security policies that address the design, operation, users' behavior, and all possible risks in WiMax devices. The policies must also clearly define how to prevent the risks. As for the laws and rules that govern electronic devices use, the organization’s electronic communication assets manager or the CIO must ensure that all personnel abide by the rules and laws in place, or face proper corrective action (the employee could get warned, or get written-up, or even terminated depending on the severity of the act). 
However, although laws, rules and policies are essential part of the countermeasures to WiMax security risks, they alone cannot provide adequate protection against threats identified earlier. In order to provide adequate protection against the security risks and ensure data availability, integrity, and confidentiality, technical security controls must be implemented.
To provide data confidentiality and integrity and avoid eavesdropping on WiMax links, organizations must rely on the security of data-in-transit by using proper encryption algorithms. To achieve such goal, Scarfone, Tibbs, & Sextonadvised that organizations should determine the types of cryptographic algorithms that their system can support as well as their key length limitations and re-keying period, but also by changing secret keys periodically to prevent them from being compromised(Scarfone, Tibbs, & Sexton, 2010). In addition, organizations can also implement the use of VPN. With VPN, organizations will make use of the public network or the Internet to facilitate the secure transfer of sensitive data across the WiMax networks. This is a very efficient and cost-saving way for an organization to secure its wireless network, because it is benefiting from the cost-efficient public Internet while still keeping its data secure.
On another note, organizations must ensure both authentication and authorization of WiMax devices by implementing physical security, and by limiting the risks of unauthorized access. To achieve this goal, organizations must ensure that only authorized personnel have access to their WiMax equipment by ensuring that all of their WiMax devices be configured to support the use of usernames and passwords, smart cards, biometrics, public key infrastructure (PKI), or a combination of these solutions; and the devices must also be capable of supporting Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) methods for mutual authentication (Scarfone, Tibbs, & Sexton, 2010).
Moreover, organizations must also implement the use of firewalls, antivirus software, and also by performing regular OS patches, upgrades and updates. As for OS patches, updates, and upgrades, Network administrators should regularly check with vendors to identify patches, upgrades, or firmware updates to correct known software and hardware security vulnerabilities, and implement them as needed, in accordance with the organization’s procedures and policies(Scarfone, Tibbs, & Sexton, 2010). Performing these maintenance measures regularly will eliminate costly network maintenance that could result from a compromised network.
Furthermore, another effective cost saving measure suggested by Scarfone, Tibbs, & Sexton is, before implementing a WiMax system, an organization should consult WiMax vendors to gain a better understanding of potential system reconfiguration constraints and the need for compensating controls to address technical security needs that the WiMax product may not address (Scarfone, Tibbs, & Sexton, 2010). Doing so will ensure that the WiMax devices are built to the needed network security specifications and scalability before they are actually implemented; saving money and resources to the organization in the long run.
All in all, 802.16 technologies as seen in this report face security risks that do not have to be overlooked. Some of the risks identified in this document are jamming attack, scrambling attack, water torture attack, eavesdropping, forgery attacks, replay attacks, DoS attacks and man-in-the-middle attack. However, implementing security controls such as defining a WiMax security use policy, using encryption algorithm, implementing a VPN connection, making WiMax devices to support usernames and passwords, smart cards, biometrics, public key infrastructure, EAP, firewalls, antivirus software, and also by performing regular OS patches, upgrades and updates will help an organization to boost its network performance by eliminating or reducing its vulnerabilities. As also described in this report, the countermeasure methods outlined are also cost efficient and will allow for scalability if implemented properly.



Federal Communication commission . (n.d.). Tech Topic 11: WiMAX Applications for Public Safety. Retrieved November 14, 2011, from Federal Communication commission Web site:
Nguyen, T. (2009, April 20). A survey of WiMAX security threats. Retrieved November 14, 2011, from Washington university in St. Louis Web site:
Scarfone, K., Tibbs, C., & Sexton, M. (2010, September). Guide to Securing WiMAX Wireless Communications. Retrieved November 14, 2011, from NIST web site:

          Bilingual Medical Assistant (Biometrics) - The Wonderful Company LLC - Lost Hills, CA        
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          Abolish Toll at Iskandar CIQ but Impose VEP        
Press statement by Dr. Boo Cheng Hau, Johor State Assembly Opposition Leader on 20 September 2014 in Johor Bahru in responding to the  Prime Minster Department's Minister Datuk Wee Kah Seong yesterday's statement that the collection of toll hikes at Johor Bahru Iskandar CIQ was only meant for MRCB Prasaranan Sdn. Bhd. of which the statement is deemed to be misleading. 

Currently, an ordinary car has to pay RM 6.80 each way  to-and-fro the Johor Causeway payable to MRCB Prasaranan Sdn. Bhd. and additional RM 2.90 on return trip from Singapore payable to PLUS Berhad of which PLUS has been collecting for the past 29 years. This shows that the Federal Government has approved double toll charges at Iskandar  CIQ without justifiable grounds. The toll fees will amount to RM 33 at both Iskandar and Wooldlands CiQs from 1st October when Singapore's LTA starts to peg the  corresponding toll hikes effective from 1st October.  

There are two private companies- that is, MRCB Prasaranan Sdn Bhd collecting tolls for Eastern Dispersal Link, and PLUS for the old concession at the Iskandar  CIQ for no highway services provided since 1984.  

There are questionable double toll fees collection and overlapping of MRCB and PLUS concessions.  Datuk Wee Kah Seong as the Minister for  the Prime Minister's Department is the best person  to help give clear explanation as to why two separate concessions were awarded to MRCB and PLUS respectively, and double toll fees are charged at Johor Bahru Iskandar CIQ.

Wee Kah Seong is urged to direct the Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister's  Department  to release  the details of the following concessions in question for the public's benefits:

(1). In 1984, PLUS was awarded the concession to  collect tolls at Senai Toll and Johor Bahru CIQ without any highway services being provided    but accordingly it was to raise funds to complete the North-South Expressway from Bukit Kayu Hitam ending southbound at Johor Bahru CIQ.  In what circumstances as to that North-South Expressway southbound ending point had been shifted from Johor Bahru CIQ to Pandan which is 8 kilometers away from the Iskandar CIQ?  Had the government amended the concession with PLUS and allowed MRCB to take up another concession to complete the North-South Expressway by  connecting EDL from Pandan interchange to Iskandar CIQ? 

(2). When the Government awarded the EDL concession to MRCB which in fact completed North-South Expressway according to the original plan building a highway connecting Bukit Kayu Hitam up to Johor Bahru CIQ,  why PLUS was not made to pay the construction cost of EDL after having been collecting toll at Johor Bahru CIQ without any highway service provided for the past 29 years? 

Wee Kah Seong is urged to give the directive to the Economic Planning Unit under the Prime Minster's Department to make public the details of the two concessions awarded to MRCB and PLUS to collect tolls at Iskandar CIQ respectively. Apparently the Barisan Nasional government has sacrificed the general public's economic interests for a few  cronists' rental interests.

Dr. Boo reiterated the projections that PLUS has collected tolls  about RM 1.5 billion at Johor Bahru CIQ without any highway services provided which could pay up EDL's RM 1.1 billion construction cost and yet still make a handsome profit of RM 400 million in the past 29 years. 

The Government should follow Singapore's measures by imposing VEP on foreign-registered foreigner-driven vehicles while giving exemption to   Malaysian owned foreign-registered vehicles. According to an online epoll done (see the attached file)  by Johor Pakatan Rakyat Reserach centre (JOPREC), the majority of the respondents who  agree with the imposition of VEP on foreign registered vehicles think that  Malaysian-owned foreign-registered vehicles should be  exempted. 

Dr. Boo urges the Government to review  concessions awarded to PLUS and MRCB,      and to consider the possibility of having PLUS shoulder the construction cost of EDL and abolish all toll collection at Iskandar CIQ as Singapore Government had announced that it will peg abolition of the toll collection at Woodland CIQ if Malaysia abolishes any toll collection at the Causeway.

On the contrary, Malaysia could impose VEP with the equivalent  amount of the VEP imposed by Singapore on foreign registered vehicles in in order to raise fund to improve the public transport system  in Johor Bahru especially MRT and LRT connecting various parts of Iskandar Malaysia to Woodlands MRT Station and Keranji MRT Station and  other parts of Singapore Island.    

Dr. Boo lauds  with the efforts of both Malaysian and Singaporean Governments to abolish toll collection at the Causeway concurrently which would improve better commercial and cultural ties between Iskandar Malaysia and Singapore. 

In order to reduce traffic jam at the causeway, both governments should look into  the possibility of smart identification cards for both countries' citizens working on both sides of the Causeway and biometric identification system for clearing the traffic congestion on the Causeway and Secondlink while long term public transport system connecting both countries should be executed without delay. 

In the meanwhile, proposals have been raised for KTM Bhd. increase services specifically between Johor Bahru Railway Station and Woodlands Railway station only during rush hours -that is, beuween 5am to 9am and 5pm to 10pm in order to reduce traffic jam at the Causeway.  Dr. Boo also emphasizes that efforst also have to be made to improve  municipal bus services within Johor Bahru area itself by combining the 11 municipal bus services into not more than three consortia by cutting down adverse competition among too many bus companies which only run at profitable routes by jeopardizing the quality of bus services in Johor Bahru.   












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          Samsung biometric security acquisition scam prompts fraud investigation        
Fake confirmations of Samsung buying a Swedish fingerprint biometrics company have prompted a fraud investigation, after a bogus press release claiming a $650m deal had gone ahead was released. According to the statement, put out on press distributor Cision earlier today, Samsung had acquired Fingerprint Cards in a fully cash deal; however, both Samsung and Fingerprint Cards denied any such … Continue reading
          6 Technologies That Are Destined to Disappear....        
6 Handheld Gaming Consoles
Sometime in the near future, our children all smartphones, and fi and hanging around the idea of ​​a second hand absurd and archaic. If we had Nintendo, it begins to look today and IOS Android development.

5 Pre-Recorded Physical Media
Obsolescence has already cratered the CD. Soon, the media-swallowing black hole will demolish DVDs and Blu-ray discs. The only real question is how fast it will happen. Our call? Five years.

4 Consumer-Level Hard Drives
Solid-state and other memory-based drives are one threat for mechanical drives, but the bigger threat is the cloud. Our proof? Hard drives are crazy cheap these days—just like floppy drives and HD DVDs were when they neared extinction.

3 Stereoscopic 3D TVs — with Glasses
Wearing 3D glasses at home is a hassle, and in general, the technology feels like a temporary bridge to a point in time when we all have autostereoscopic TVs or holographic displays in our homes.

2 Ebook Reader
This one’s a bummer, but it’s true. Ebook readers are going to be swallowed whole by tablets and other multifunction devices that hopefully feature secondary e-ink displays. Amazon could fight this by incorporating web browsing and apps into the Kindle, but wouldn’t that make it an, erm, tablet?

1 Keys
It might take a while and it won’t be easy, but keys suck and they deserve to be banished forever. They’re already being replaced by pushbutton ignition systems, keypads, biometric locks, and proximitybased systems.

          Navy keeps an eye on access card transition        

The Navy closely watching as contractors and vendors transition to the Defense Biometric Identification System.

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          Comment on Everything From BioBased to Biometric by Cheryl Kramp        
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          Statement from Dr M.Vijayanunni, ex-Chief Secretary, Government of Kerala & Registrar General of India & Census Commissioner on Biometric Aadhaar Number        
Statement from Dr M.Vijayanunni, ex-Chief Secretary, Government of Kerala & Registrar General of India & Census Commissioner on Biometric Aadhaar Number    British prime minister Cameron came to office at the last general elections on the back of his promise to undo the ID number system introduced by the then government and he promptly kept his election promise by dismantling the ID...

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          Making in  Sovereignty under US surveillance        
Making in  Sovereignty under US surveillance! Digital Desh means Ameriki Upanivesh! That is why we protest Digital, Biometric, Robotic cloning of citizens in US interest for free flow of foreign capital. That is why UID must be discarded Palash Biswas We have been protesting UID since beginning.I am not only writing against this self destruction but I have been speaking against it on public

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          The weekend read        
I'm back in Washington, DC, where there seems to be at least a protest a day at lunch hour, before work, and after work--and on the weekends, protests are the new brunch. No need to protest the weekend itself. Instead, carry a sign for my finds of the week, shared via @dontgetcaught on Twitter and don't get caught on Facebook, and curated here for you. Let's march our way out of this week, shall we, communicators?
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          The Chicken & Egg of Mobile Payment        

CHICAGO -- Though panelists talking about the future of mobile payments agreed that bumpy tides would continue, the drivers forcing mobile forward as well as the ultimate end result—with one vision having no device at all—remain varied and blurred.

Calling the rising minimum wage a significant driver, Seth Priebatsch, “chief ninja” at LevelUp, Boston, said retailers will wonder why they are paying employees to be “transcribers,” manually entering information into a machine. “It’ll be about replacing the cashier, not the credit card.”

Speaking before about 400 retailer and payment-solutions providers, Priebatsch was one of six panelists speaking during the final session of the R2 Retail Reinvention conference held in Chicago.

Saying that consumers “must lead” for mobile to become widespread, Will Wang Graylin, co-general manager, for U.K.-based Samsung Pay, said the difference between invention and innovation is that innovation is an invention that solved a problem and got adopted.

Retailers will continue to solve the problem of mobile payments, but in their own unique ways, Graylin said, citing the likes of Starbucks and Uber.

Morphing payments from physical cash and plastic to electronic bits and bytes actually creates a broader advantage of “digitizing credentials,” Graylin said. Authenticating that the person standing at the checkout is actually that person according to digital records can have implications beyond payment, everything from age verification to targeted marketing.

To that point, Jared Schrieber, co-founder and CEO of InfoScout, San Francisco, said as technology progresses, natural evolution will eliminate anything physical: cash, plastic, and yes, even phones. Biometrics in the ApplePay formula hint at more advanced forms of identity verification that may come into play.

Some points of agreement:

  • ApplePay’s choice to use near-field communications (NFC) was a strong step towards ubiquity, panelists agreed. The move allowed the “contactless” technology to achieve a high level of acceptance from competing mobile wallets and merchants.
  • Consumers have no compelling draw. Panelists agreed that retailers need a compelling reason to break customers’ habits (like using credit cards), especially when the benefits are negligible.
  • EMV as a barrier. Europay MasterCard and Visa (EMV) liability shift deadlines have taken priority with retailers, many of whom are still struggling with making the investment.

Organized by Boston-based, a payments media and research firm, the two-day conference covered topics including data mining, cyber security and omnichannel marketing.

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          2016 “Soul Walking” Calendar by Autistic Savant Artist Michael Tolleson        

Examining my ability to paint; every stroke is instinctual since I have no training, and I rely on the use of the huge amount of stored information my Aspergers mind has observed and retained. Each painting a now create, regardless of size, is painted in less than 1 hour. When photographed during the process of … Continue reading 2016 “Soul Walking” Calendar by Autistic Savant Artist Michael Tolleson

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          Lakeside Library Hosts Healthy Living Series with Iridology Session        
On Saturday, April 12 at 2:00 p.m. the Lakeside Library, 9839 Vine St., will host an interactive presentation about the fascinating topic of Iridology. The iris of the eye, the colored portion around the pupil, is filled with colors, spots, lines and patterns. Each iris is even more unique than a fingerprint and is being used in biometric security systems.
          Announcing the EclipseCon Hot New Product Showcase        

This year at EclipseCon, the Hot New Product Showcase will feature new Eclipse-based products that were released in the last 12 months. EclipseCon attendees will have a chance to see these new products in action and then vote for the 'Hot New Product Award'.

Any company, open source project or individual that has introduced a new Eclipse-based product in the last 12 months is welcomed to participate in the Showcase. The product can be applicable to any market or industry. There are lots of great examples of Eclipse-based products in the mobile industry, cloud market, biometric research, financial industry, advanced research, healthcare and many more. This is your chance to showcase your new product, so sign-up today.

          Comment on ImageWare Launches Enterprise-Ready, Turn-Key Biometric Authentication SaaS for Mass Adoption on Amazon Web Service Cloud by ImageWare Systems, Inc. (IWSY: OTCQB) | James Lantrip, Segment Head, Security, at Siemens Industry, Talks About Access Control at Port Manatee… – News to Watch        
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          Active Authentication on Mobile Devices via Stylometry, Application Usage, Web Browsing, and GPS Location        
Active authentication is the problem of continuously verifying the identity of a person based on behavioral aspects of their interaction with a computing device. In this paper, we collect and analyze behavioral biometrics data from 200 subjects, each using their personal Android mobile device for a period of at least 30 days. This data set is novel in the context of active authentication due to its size, duration, number of modalities, and absence of restrictions on tracked activity. The geographical colocation of the subjects in the study is representative of a large closed-world environment such as an organization where the unauthorized user of a device is likely to be an insider threat: coming from within the organization. We consider four biometric modalities: 1) text entered via soft keyboard, 2) applications used, 3) websites visited, and 4) physical location of the device as determined from GPS (when outdoors) or WiFi (when indoors). We implement and test a classifier for each modality and organize the classifiers as a parallel binary decision fusion architecture. We are able to characterize the performance of the system with respect to intruder detection time and to quantify the contribution of each modality to the overall performance.
          Kamala Harris and Open Carry vs Concealed Carry in California         
At the outset, I want to express my admiration for Kamala Harris.  I do not believe that California has ever had a more qualified Attorney General.  She is the antithesis of some of the two-balled bitches that preceded her such as Dan Lundgren.  Although most black attorneys in law enforcement positions are Toms, I believe her Tom Factor is rather low.  I do not want to discuss my reasons in detail because they exceed the scope of this article.  I think that despite being the top law enforcement employee in the State, I would actually want to buy her an ice cream or something and have a friendly but brief chat with her.

Many of the Deputy District Attorneys that work for Los Angeles County are among the most unethical individuals that I have ever encountered.  I am not making blanket statements because some DDA's are fine, dedicated individuals.   Most are not.  Especially the African Americans.  They are among the most incompetent, self hating and bitter attorneys that have ever been admitted to the bar.  Shame on them for contributing to the demise of their own race by participating in drug crime prosecutions. Harris checks out in my opinion.  She is not a Barak Obama or Susan Rice-like insecure, affirmative action pinhead standing with her dick in her hand while the adults in the room laugh at her out loud.  If I were standing in her shoes, I would visit more criminal court rooms and talk to defendants, judges and all the other parties and court personnel.  I would travel from Del Norte to Imperial, but spend the bulk of my visits to counties where they should stop giving people the shaft and start a medical approach to treating substance abusers and people that repeatedly get busted for theft crimes to support their habits.

But anyway, I am way off course.  This post is supposed to be an appeal to legalize open carry in California in consideration of the recent San Diego case and Harris' decision to appeal it.  First of all, we are all adults here.  Some of us have been employed in some aspect of the criminal justice system or one of its many tentacles, so we can just call a spade a spade for god fucking sakes.  Take gun crime, for instance: Plenty of registered gun owners use their firearms in crimes of passion, violence, and stupidity.  However, there is no way that anyone can dispute that nearly all gun crimes are committed by individuals that could not give a flying fuck about any gun laws, including gun control.  The only thing that criminals in California have to do with gun laws is breaking them.  Of course a felon cannot lawfully possess a firearm.  That sure does not seem to stop them.  Many felons conceal carry or carry in their cars.  The idea of obtaining a license and waiting 15 days would be absurd to them.  They get their weapons through straw buyers, theft of lawfully purchased guns, and the saturated black market in Los Angeles.

In the 19th Century, open carry was common in cities like Boston.  A robber would have to carefully consider whether or not it was worth it to steal someone's wallet.  Or to enter a business and restrain the owner while a theft crime was taking place.  If men wore a pistol, you would of course have some fools who would be talking a lot of shit, but when the shit hits the fan, a real fighter is going to take that gun away from the guy and stick it up his ass.Then you will have your George Zimmerman sociopath bullies and people who mentally torment others and would use legal open carry to terrorize their opponents.  So many bugs would have to be worked out.  Obligatory biometric safeties would eliminate many of these problems. Open carry seems to work pretty well in rural counties, and it is virtually shall issue in many places.   Trinity County, with a population of around 12k people has less problems and less violence than LA so it is like apples and oranges.
I am sure it could eventually be successful.  There would have to be stiff penalties for carrying while under the influence of alcohol, that is for sure, but I am optimistic that open carry is a better option than concealed carry in the Golden State.

Open carry became illegal in the late 1960's because of intense fear of the Black Panthers being able to possess loaded rifles in Sacramento within firing distance of Governor Reagan.  It did not present a great deal of problems prior to that.  Open carry was not traditionally a threat to public safety since California became a state.

Of course most criminals conceal carry illegal handguns.  There would be no scientific way to predict how many crimes could be prevented by open carry, but I have no doubt that it would be a lot.  People in the 19th Century were not victims of armed robbery with the same frequency that they are in this day and age.  I can see the potential for an answer to the average wait time for the police of sometimes as long as an hour, open carry could solve a lot of problems and crimes.  The primary goal of regulating and requiring coursework and annual testing would certainly reduce the number of individuals that may attempt to act like Charles Bronson.

The current laws enable your law abiding citizen to ride with a pistol grip equipped shotgun anywhere inyour vehicle provided that it is unloaded.  You can carry a box of buckshot next to the gun and a couple of shells in your pocket legally.  With practice, the gun can be loaded and ready for action in a few seconds anyway.  It is tantamount to open carry in your vehicle.  It would be easier to shoot if it were already loaded, but effective nonetheless.  We do have the right to bear arms.

I would like to carry around a medium framed pistol and a couple of extra magazines.  The 10 shot capacity limit here in California is fine by me.  Three magazines is 30 rounds and more than enough for almost any situation.  Most of us without a psych history, a history of child abuse, and no felony convictions should be allowed to open carry our pistols.  I do not see it as an imminent threat to the safety of Californians and is far less expensive and problematic than issuing thousands of conceal carry permits in our State.

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          Carnegie Mellon University to Research, Develop Surveillance Algorithms for Navy        
Carnegie Mellon University has been awarded an $8.9 million contract to research and develop new algorithms for the U.S. Navy’s aerial and biometric surveillance efforts. The Defense Department said Monday the university will research tracking, surveillance and identification systems intended to address challenges in resolution, occlusion, pose and aging as part of the UROPA-TSI program. Carnegie Mellon will conduct […]
          FBI Issues Final Rule on Biometric Database, Exempts Itself From Privacy Act Protections        
The FBI has released a final rule claiming several Privacy Act Exemptions for the Next Generation Identification System, a database that contains the biometric data of millions of Americans, much of which is unrelated to law enforcement. EPIC had criticized the FBI's proposal to remove Privacy Act safeguards and urged the FBI to limit the scope of data collection and reduce the retention of data. However, in issuing the final rule the FBI repeatedly stated that exemptions would be used responsibly and in accordance with FBI policies and procedures. Through a FOIA lawsuit, EPIC obtained documents that revealed the NGI database contained an error rate of up to 20% on facial recognition searches. EPIC has identified several problems with the NGI database in statements to Congress oversight Committees, which have indicated strong concern about the FBI's facial recognition program.
          Report Shows Increase in Open Government Lawsuits, EPIC Among Nation's Leading FOIA Litigators        
A new report from the FOIA Project shows a "dramatic rise" in the number Freedom of Information Act lawsuits filed by nonprofit and advocacy groups. According to TRAC, these organizations now account for more FOIA suits than "any other single class." EPIC was the fifth most frequent litigator among nonprofit and advocacy groups nationwide. In 2017, EPIC has filed five FOIA lawsuits. EPIC is currently litigating EPIC v. ODNI, EPIC v. FBI, and EPIC v. IRS, three of the leading open government cases concerning Russian interference with the 2016 Presidential election. Last week, EPIC filed a new FOIA lawsuit against Customs and Border Protection for information about the agency's deployment of a biometric entry/exit tracking system, including at US airports. For more information about EPIC's latest open government work, visit:
          EPIC to Congress: Examine Facial Recognition Surveillance at the Border        
EPIC has sent a statement to the House Homeland Security Committee in advance of a hearing on "Technology's Role on Securing the Border." EPIC alerted the Committee to EPIC's recent FOIA lawsuit about the federal government's deployment of a biometric "entry/exit tracking system," including at US airports. A recent Executive Order on immigration will push forward the biometric identification system, and will include citizens returning to the U.S. EPIC has warned that biometric identification techniques, such as facial recognition, lack proper privacy safeguards. EPIC noted that the federal agency pursuing the border identification program is also deploying drones, and should comply with state laws and a 2015 Presidential Memorandum that limit drone surveillance.
          Comment on Nymi achieves biometrically authenticated wearable payment by Sillie Abbe        
This type of passive biometrics could be better used for after-login monitoring, since something dependent on a password cannot be an alternative to the password.
          India aims to created under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana to extend insurance         
The Government of India is joining the UN-based Better Than Cash Alliance. The announcement comes on the First Anniversary of the Prime Minister  Narendra Modi’s flagship financial inclusion programme Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana (PMJDY).

Under PMJDY, in one year, about 180 million new accounts have been opened, with deposits totaling more than $3.4 billion (223 billion Rupees).

The new partnership with the Better Than Cash Alliance, made up of Governments, companies, and international organizations, is an extension of Indian Government’s commitment to reduce cash in its economy. Digital financial services lower the cost of providing financial services and make it more convenient for poor people to access their accounts.

The Union Finance Minister of India Arun Jaitley said: “The scale of ambition of Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana has been much higher than for any other financial inclusion initiative in the past. The project has been instrumental in bringing almost all families of the country into the formal financial system and enabling citizens at grassroots level to perform financial transactions and keep their hard-earned money safe.”

India’s announcement comes ahead of next month’s United Nations Special Summit in New York, when Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and other world leaders will launch the adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Digital financial services are a key tool for the implementation of the goals, and advocates hope India’s leadership inspires other governments to harness the power of digital payments as a strategy for achieving the SDGs.

Dr. Ruth Goodwin-Groen, Managing Director of the Better Than Cash Alliance said that India’s leadership and progress are inspirational for countries around the world. He said that by making the digitization of payments to achieve financial inclusion a top priority, the Indian Government is showing its commitment to improving the lives of its people and driving inclusive growth.

One year ago, the Government of India had announced PMJDY with a goal of covering every household with a bank account in less than five months’ time. The programme focuses on citizens excluded from the formal financial sector, including women, small farmers, and labourers. To ensure that these accounts are actively used, the Government is delivering financial products, such as credit for economic activity, as well as remittance facilities, insurance, and pension directly into the accounts.

The Union Finance Minister of India Shri Arun Jaitley said “We have been recognized by the Guinness World Records for opening over 1.8 crore (10 million) bank accounts in a single week. As a next step, the aim is to utilize these accounts for extending insurance, pension, and credit facilities to those who are currently excluded from these benefits.”

Dr. Hasmukh Adhia, then Secretary, Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, said: “PMJDY has been a game changer in the country’s financial inclusion efforts. The initiative has demonstrated that when we converge the efforts of all stakeholders, and work in unison with clearly defined goals, unprecedented results follow.”

The financial inclusion programme, along with Aaadhar biometric Unique Identity cards that make it easier for the Government to identify social benefit recipients and the widespread use of mobile phones, are driving financial inclusion in India. It is also resulting in cost savings. The fuel subsidy programme, which is the world’s largest cash transfer programme, saved $2 billion (131 billion Rupees) by paying cooking gas consumers directly into their bank accounts, according to a new paper by Columbia University.

          Comment on THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Passive citizens make federalism an oligarchy by Rick Vil        
World Redemption and New Sovereign Republic. Federal in America was a bit palatable in a sense that sovereign states gathered together to create a nation, but the Philippine version of Federalism is twisted for the sovereignty of the country is threatened by de facto CORPORATE agenda to balkanize what otherwise is an already united country and to reduce the people as CORPORATE collateral in its demonic form of Reverse Federalism that ultimately serve agenda of Luciferian Oligarchy and Luciferian Jesuit maleducation to satanic cored Libertarianism, in time when prior to unconstitutional 2016 Elections the de facto criminal Aquino - Obama $150M CORPORATE Deal of biometric SSS / 666 - Unified ID System of CORPORATE Slavery in illegitimate Luciferian NWO agenda using highly illegal de facto Marcos TVM-LSM-666 Account is being concocted by the current biggest criminal syndicate in the country: de facto congress, as de facto world leaders signed death threat vs Filipinos since 2006 after Maturity of de facto Marcos document the Bilateral Minesfield Agreement on 2005, finding loophole that Marcos was only administrator and not the legitimate heir. Federalism is conspiracy by Luciferian Oligarchy with minions maleducated by Luciferian Jesuit to satanic cored Libertarianism for it diverts instead the responsibility of Filipino people for World Humanity to stand up as sovereign patriots of the Country to: PROMULGATE the Article XVIII Section 9 Transitory Provisions of Filipino Constitution; ENFORCE the Rise of the Mother Province at GROUND ZERO (Royal Castle, 11th Street, Bgy. New Pala-o, Iligan City Region 10 in the true LAND OF PROMISE) by escorting the Sovereign Heir of World Territorial Jurisdiction the Mother Title OCT 01-4S HACIENDA FILIPINA in the Treaty of Paris resolved to Hrh Salvacion Legaspi Y Espiritu Santo (Divine Feminine) prophesied by Christ as the Queen of the South (Bae sa Pagabagatan) to de facto Iligan city hall entrenched by expired and de facto "banana republic" CORPORATE owned by Luciferian Oligarchy, and as standard protocol that shall open the Mother Account and for the Redeemer of Treaty of Paris for World Redemption to write off world debt that cause World Destruction. Constitutional Transition Governance was already RATIFIED by Congress in the 1997 IPRA Law (Indigenous Peoples Rights Act). Holder of Jurisdiction the legitimate Divine Govt. Kingdom Filipina Hacienda of Grandfather Maharlikhan Tribe empowers with IPRA Law since time immemorial, as far as memory recalls. All hierarchical monarchies of man are de facto. The English Crown surrendered to the Philippines after 200 years from the 1764 Treaty of Paris the World Territorial Jurisdiction OCT 01-4 HACIENDA FILIPINA in the Treaty of Paris inscripted 1965 and ultimately resolved in Supreme Court Resolution dated November 28, 2012 with Letter of Transmittal as Case is Closed to Sovereign Heir Hrh Salvacion Legaspi Y Espiritu Santo (Divine Feminine), the Owner once lost now Found revealed in Secret Book of Redemption of Treaty of Paris, prophesied by Christ Isa (ONE: Father, Son, Holy Spirit / Divine Feminine) as the Queen of the South more than 2000 years ago, as the Queen of Flower (Bae Buyak), Queen of Motherland (Pi Bae Ina) among other Titles. In 2014 after 250 years from the 1764 Treaty of Paris the CORPORATE America (its Declaration of Independence by signatories on July 4, 1776 was granted in the Treaty of Paris), after 100 years of creation of Federal Reserve Bank in 2014 administered by de facto Banking Cartel, hoisted white flag of surrender to Sovereignty of HACIENDA FILIPINA at Brooklyn Bridge, New York. In 2008 the Sovereign Heir established the legitimate One World Divine (Interstellar / interdimensional Blueprint of God's Divine Plan) Government Kingdom Filipina Hacienda ending 400 years of Slavery of Motherland from 1608 Vatican grip of Luciferian Jesuit, which in December 12,1565 the Vatican appealed for 3000 sqm. donation for the Binondo Cathedral having No Territorial Jurisdiction. CORPORATE America is under the British Empire, British Empire is under Vatican, but Vatican is under Sovereignty of HACIENDA FILIPINA. Sovereign Monarchy transcends beyond physical lineage and manifest Sovereignty in spirit for God reigns Supreme, with the Sovereign Heir prophesied by Christ Isa (ONE: Father, Son, Holy Spirit / Divine Feminine) as the Queen of the South (Bae sa Pagabagatan) on Judgement day. The Barangay System (more intricate even than Federal states being basic political units) of ancient Pili Pino ancestors is the most basic political unit being "faithful" to the Spirit of Constitution ordained by God, for NEW Sovereign Republic for the Common Good with Freedom and Justice for all as One Nation under God, with the Filipinos and World Humanity as sovereign people; NOT as de facto CORPORATE collateral in diabolically twisted form of Reverse Federalism. God is Owner and shall manifest in Physical Being (1 John 4:1-3) with Christ Isa (ONE: Father, Son, Holy Spirit / Divine Feminine) in the ONLY Miracle of Jonah (Matt. 12:39-42) for World Redemption with the prophecy of the Queen of the South with "one (ISA) greater than Solomon" (Matt. 12:42) for World Redemption from world debt and its de facto CORPORATE Fiat money that cause Destruction (Luciferian NWO, biometric 666 CORPORATE Slavery, Depopulation - toxic vaccines, GMO, WW3). By this one tests if having spirit of God, or spirit of Antichrist. Sovereignty is NOT Slavery. Sovereignty originates from God. Align with the Divine Plan since time immemorial.
          #517: Biometric Data Streams & the Unknown Ethical Threshold of Predicting & Controlling Behavior        
I recently attended the Experiential Technology Conference where there were a lot of companies looking at how to use biometric data to get insights into
          The End of the Virtual? - Touch ID on the New iPhone 5s for the Real Online Self        
Since the announcement of the new Apple iPhone 5s and the built in fingerprint scanning technology branded ‘Touch ID’ the discussion around security, data protection and privacy has been relaunched. It is an ongoing topic in the industry, both on the hardware side amongst producers of devices and the software side with developers of applications and services, but specifically for end users and consumers.

Until now, it was the password, or PIN, that protects and restricts access to the virtual world of data. This has led many of us to come up with creative procedures to create and remember a complicated sequence of letters, numbers and symbols in order to keep personal information secure. It has always been the debate as to how complicated these passwords need to be and how user-friendly this practice is, and often 'better' and ‘easier’ solutions for users were wished for.

Now Apple has implemented such a solution with their latest top of the range device. The iPhone 5s features a fingerprint scanner in the 'Home' button to uniquely identify a user (up to five different prints can be set up) and grant access. The ‘fingerprint identity sensor’ also allows users to shop on the iTunes Store, Apps Store and iBooks Store where the Touch ID approves purchases.

The new feature is branded by Apple as ‘convenient, highly secure and ahead of the future’. However, the technology and its implementation in mobile devices is nothing new. Motorola’s Atrix smartphone was introduced back in 2011, but also laptop manufacturers have trialled and implemented fingerprint scanner technology in the past decade [REF]. Other manufacturers, namely HTC, are gearing up to release gadgets with similar technology and features.

Although the technology is not new, it is the fact that it is being introduced on such a large scale that makes it a ‘hot topic’. According to TechCrunch, Apple has currently (2013) an estimated user base of 147 million iPhone users, plus about 48 million iPad users. Of the new iPhones (iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c), Apple sold 9 millions in just three days after their launch on the 20iest of September 2013. This is a new record, as previous implementations settled on a much smaller scale. This means that the iPhone 5s is already used by a large number of people. It could therefore be classified as ‘mainstream’ and ‘cultural commodity’. The introduction of this technology can therefore be expected to be used by a much larger customer base as any other similar implementation of biometrics so far.

In this context, the introduction of a unique and personal identifier, the fingerprint, is a smart move. Smart, because everybody knows and understands the idea of the fingerprint. It is in use as signature and plays an important role in crime investigation and law enforcement for over a century. Through its use in detective stories and crime thrillers it has also found its way into everyday culture. It is this very idea of the fingerprint as a unique identifier - ‘’your iPhone reads your fingerprint and knows who you are’’ - that Apple has turned into a selling point to the products advantage.

Image taken from fingerprintingscottsdale / Fingerprint identification plate.

It can be speculated that with the introduction of Touch ID, similarly to the introduction of the touch screen, Apple changes, once again, the way we access electronic devices and use the Internet. Whether this is intentional and whether the use of the fingerprint has played an main role in the development of the newest iPhone generation can only be speculated. A range of problematic aspects in connection to the use of this technology in electronic devices shall be discussed in the following. The points raised function only as an introduction since the topic is vast and might have implications that are yet to be discovered. We debate if the technology used in the iPhone 5s might even be the ‘End of the Virtual?’.

..Security concerns

Official concerns regarding the introduction of the Touch ID were raised amongst others by US Senator Al Franken (Chairman Senate Judiciary Subcommittee) in an open letter to Apple's CEO Tim Cook (PDF, WEB). The letter states "…while Apple’s new fingerprint reader, Touch ID, may improve certain aspects of mobile security, it also raises substantial privacy questions for Apple and for everyone who may use your products". Al Franken supports his concerns by saying that "Passwords are secret and dynamic; fingerprints are public and permanent". This means, once someone has access to someone else's fingerprint, this access cannot be reversed and the security token can not be changed. ‘’...if hackers get hold of your thumbprint, they could use it to identify and impersonate you for the rest of your life’’.

Image taken from maskable / The Touch ID explained during the introduction of the new iPone 5s at conference key note.

In this context, Al Franken also questions the filing and transferring of the fingerprint data. He demands to know if the fingerprint data stored on the phone is also being transmitted electronically to either Apple or others, and if this data is being saved on computers used to back up the device (referring to the earlier iOS version that stored unencrypted location information recorded by the device in backup files on computers). He wonders further how iTunes, iBooks and AppStore and potential future services interact with Touch ID.

These practical concerns are connected to the only recently refreshed high level discussion on data privacy with information on mass surveillance programs leaked by Edward Snowden, an American computer specialist and former CIA and NSA employee, to the Guardian in May 2013 [REF ] regarding the secret PRISM program. Similar discussions have been on the table in recent years specifically related to social media and the challenged public/private practices in an online context (Neuhaus und Webmoor, 2012, earlier blog post on urbanTick, 2011).

It seems that Senator Franken’s concerns are not ungrounded. ‘Apple's fingerprint scan technology has been hacked' was announced by the Computer Chaos Club, CCC, only two days after the iPhone 5s had gone on sale. The claim was backed up with a video demonstrating that ‘fingerbiometrics is unsuitable as access control method’. This 'hack', however, focused on the physical reproduction of a fingerprint and did not bypass the new Touch ID technology. Despite this, the attack by CCC proves how easily the new security system can be tricked and everyone with a camera, scanner, printer and a good stock of graphite powder, glycerene, and wood-glue/super-glue/theatrical-glue can repeat the procedure.

The ‘iPhone touch defeat’ also proves that users’ fingerprints are not secret, meaning that anything touched by users will have fingerprints on it, including the new phone. Senator Franken has referred to this with the ‘fingerprint being public’. And here is the real flaw of the technology. If someone gets hold of the device, he or she has basically access to ‘the lock and the key’, as the phone will be covered with fingerprints that can be reproduced to unlock the security system. Even though the chances of guessing the correct fingerprint is 1:50'000 compared to 1:10'000 with a normal 4 digit numeric key (except 1234, source Apple), now that the 'key' is on the phone in the form of 'touches' this number is meaningless, or at least reduced to 1:10.

Another question raised by the introduction of Touch ID is the digital reproduction of the fingerprint. Apple has explained that the information is not stored as a digital image. Instead it is being translated by the device into a sequence of numbers (a mathematical representation of the fingerprint derived by an specific algorithm). This implies that the print can only, if at all, re-engineered with physical access to the device. This is being discussed extensively on tech blogs, for example on The Unoffical Apple Weblog (source TUAW). In reference to these statements, it seems only a question of time until the A7 chip inside the phone is cracked.

However, the main argument highlighted by Apple is not security, but convenience. ‘’You check your iPhone dozens and dozens of times a day. Entering a passcode each time just slows you down’’. It seems as if it is annoying for customers to input four digits, or on Android models a swipe pattern. In this context, the fingerprint scanner is put forward as the user-friendly solution. With just one touch the phone is activated, unlocked and ready to use. However, when considering the security concerns discussed above, it is questionable if winning a few seconds to start up the phone is important and desirable.

..Security versus convenience

CNet askes on its website: “Should we trade our biometric data and privacy for the sake of convenience?”. The answer to this question seems straightforward: Biometrics, or biometric authentication, can be useful, but it should not be used in mobile devices as the technology is not yet error-prone and these devices can easily be lost or stolen. This seems the common agreement amongst security experts (for example in Der Spiegel). In addition, as Schneier, then President of Counterpane Systems, argued in 1998, ‘’biometrics are unique identifiers, but not secrets’’. This means, they are easy to steal and reproduce. ‘’Once someone steals your biometric, it remains stolen for life; there is no getting back to a secure situation’’. So the big question a lot of people should be asking themselves is not how quick they can access their data, but what they are giving away when using Touch ID.

In this context, it seems important to repeat that Touch ID does not actually store an image of the fingerprint, and the data is not available to any other application other than Apple apps nor stored at Apple’s servers or backed up via iCloud. For now, at least. There is no guarantee that this will be the same in the future, especially as the prospect of a vast biometric database is the dream of any national security agency, marketing company and hacker community. This means third parties will pay a lot of attention to these developments and probably exert some force to get access to some of this data. It would therefore be important to know ‘how does Apple see the actual fingerprint data and how are they going to handle it, now and in the future?’.

Whilst there are regulations as to when third parties can be forced to hand over data in connection to crime investigation, it is a complicated matter with Touch ID as the technology enables new ways of ‘tracking’ people. For example, a user logging in with Touch ID does not only confirm his or her location, but also his or her identity. This means the iPhone 5s could act as a means of evidence - ‘I was here’. So far, Apple has stated that they do not share any information with others - although the technology can be used to verify purchases. The question is therefore, as Senator Franken asks: ‘’Does Apple believe that users have a reasonable expectation of privacy in fingerprint data they provide to touch ID?’’.

There might also be some legal implications for the user of the Touch ID technology. It has been pointed out, for example by Marcia Hofmann of Wired, that the shift from PIN as an ‘known’ key to a fingerprint as a ‘what we are’ key might strip users of the right to the in the US called 5th. This Amendment protects the individual from giving evidence against him/her self. At the moment, this only applies to things one knows, knowledge, thoughts, so on and not to things one has, keys, written notes (if you write down the password on a piece of paper) or is, biometrics. Hence, on trial a person can not be forced to provide the password to a device or to decrypt information since the password is something he/she knows. A key, however, would be something the person has and this object, according to current law, can be requested. The fingerprint belongs to the person, it is part of the human body, a thing, and hence it belongs do the category of information that can not be withhold. This means access to devices or data via fingerprint scan can be enforced. This fact, in connection to Touch ID, might mean that consumers need to give up on one of their basic (human) rights, the right to withdraw information.

..Personal data and biometrics becomes mainstream

A further concern connected to Touch ID is that biometrics are becoming mainstream. Currently, the use of biometrical authentication in the public sphere is limited. Its main use is in passport and immigration control, where retina and fingerprint recognition, actual or as part of a passport, is used to identify ‘travellers’ and reduce queues at border control. Here, the data is usually linked up with secondary information or other means of verification. For example, users of a retina scan machine need also to provide their passport for optical scanning. This means, the replication of a retina scan alone does not provide access to ‘free travel’.

However, the implications of ‘normalising’ biometrics and using biometrics in everyday applications are not only connected to the risk of individuals being permanently tracked and surveilled, but also to the risk of biometrics becoming unsafe. As Schneier argued, ‘’Just as you should never use the same password on two different systems, the same encryption key should not be used for two different applications’’. This means, it is not a good idea to use your thumbprint to access your mobile phone, open your front door and unlock your file cabinet at work, as data theft would automatically lead to a catastrophe.

It could therefore be said that biometrics are not safer than other security means. With Apple suggesting to customers that ‘’Your fingerprint is one of the best passcodes in the world’’ seems therefore misleading. The question really is how much consumers are willing to trade their personal information and data for the ultimate and smooth technology experience.

In addition, in today's context the distribution of personal information is no longer directly manageable by the individual, as user information is being left behind with every move online and regular real world services. Shopping online, borrowing books at the local library, and visiting the GP, all activities leave a ‘digital footprint’. It has become complicated to the point where it is impossible for the user to understand and control what information is left behind when using a mobile device, especially when using online and server connected apps and services. These apps are often pre-installed on the device and updated automatically. Also, the companies behind those apps are often unknown and it is unclear what kind of information they collect, store and and how this information is used or shared with third parties.

In this context, the introduction of a truly unique identifier, the fingerprint, will not only add to the information left by users, but also add to the possibility of users being personally identified across the entire range of services. This in turn changes not only the discussion around online security but also online identity. Until now, users could ‘create’ their online identity by using a pseudonym and an avatar (an icon-sized graphic image). This 'chosen' identity could then be adjusted or changed, any time. In the beginning of the Internet, individuals would often create and use a whole range of online identities. This has changed. Nowadays users prefer online interactions supported by ‘authentic identity’ as reported by the Guardian. This means they want to know with whom they communicate.

This practice has been taken to a new level by Google with the Google ID, an unique ID tied to an individual/account which was introduced in connection to Google+ in 2011. Facebook uses a similar user identification. Both sites, Google and Facebook, make it difficult for users to create and use multiple accounts, and it can be assumed that through this the number of IDs per individual has been dramatically reduced. This of course makes it also a lot simpler for Google and Facebook, and their respective partners, to target marketing and individual advertisement. Despite this, users often create and use different accounts for their private and professional networking. With the new Touch ID, this will no longer be possible. They will have only one account.

How individuals are uniquely identifiable online through the use and manipulation of devices is being researched widely. Besides the PIN and the here discussed biometric identification, alternative methods to provide security, in particular in connection with mobile devices, is being developed under the umbrella term of “Implicit Authentication” (via Quarz). In this case, the security is based on an ongoing security check as opposed to the one-off security check at the start of a session, for example by unlocking the phone. The idea, for example focused on by researchers at the Palo Alto Research Centre, is that the individual user displays very specific, habitual characteristics in behaviour and usage or even movement pattern that can be used to continuously monitor the usage. This will allow to determine sudden change in which case the device will immediately shut down and deny access. Such parameters being researched include location and movement patterns, the way we walk, speed and style of data input on the device, activity pattern and timing, or the subtle way the user's hand shakes.

These methods seem, as the research shows, to deliver reliable results. At the same time, however, this extends on the privacy discussion, as data is collected on users' bio-sensorial functions. The technology also puts pressure on individual to profile themselves. The security of such a dataset is a very different issue again, including and extending into the field of personal health and medical information. Nevertheless it represents a big move towards the identification of 'unique' individuals and verifying much more than the Touch ID in itself does.

..The end of the virtual?

The introduction of Touch ID or alternative biometric/behavioural authentication methods will prevent users from creating different online identities, as the fingerprint is ‘THE ID’. This means it is really you, who bought that song on iTunes, uploaded that image on Flickr and accidentally deleted that file on Prezi. And it is the very same person who called the client on Skype and tweeted about Beyonce’s concert on Twitter. It is also the same individual who banks with HSBC, shops with Sainsbury's and hangs out at the Barbican. The point is that ‘being online’ becomes very much like ‘being offline’. Events, happenings and activities become uniquely and reliable tied to users, the individual becomes authentic and unique. Is this the end of virtual?

When looking at the introduction of Touch ID it seems so. It really is the case of as Apple put it ‘’your iPhone reads your fingerprint and knows who you are’’. Subsequently any activity becomes real and unique, and also identifiable as such by online friends and fellow users as well as service providers and traders. However, as suggested by Apple, this does not only make your life easier, but also that of marketing and consumer related businesses. At the same time, it too makes the individual responsible for his or her online activities not dissimilar to the responsibility one enjoys in person as an individual in the real world. It will no longer be possible for users to hide behind one or multiple pseudonyms or avatars. This will certainly transform practice, as both, providers and users, will have to accommodate this ‘new authentic self’ and a completely new reality of online practice.

In many ways, this discussion is related to the ‘Internet of Things’ concept which has enjoyed raising attention over the past five years. Whilst the Internet of Things is about ‘real’ objects being connected to the web, to each other and to 'users', Touch ID is about ‘real’ humans. An interesting aspect raised by the Tales of Things project at CASA UCL was the fact that the ‘real’ object was required to access information. This means, access to content is based on 'real world interaction'. With Touch ID, it is very similar. It requires me, the user, to unlock information (at least once, until may fingerprint has been ‘hacked’) and interact, both online and offline. This ultimately connects the online world to reality.

This means, with and through Touch ID the online experience becomes real in the sense that it confirms that the person logging in at this moment, at this location really is the specific individual and not someone else or a bot. At a first glance, this seems great. From a security and privacy point of view, however, this raises a whole bunch of new questions and concerns that need to be addressed to enjoy this 'brave new online world' with yet new possibilities for both users and services. For example, national agencies and businesses might be extremely interested in this kind of data as it is the ultimate proof of someone's activities at a given time and location. Hence, this information on habitual activities individually verified seems much more desirable for ‘outsiders’ than the actual fingerprint. Touch ID reveals what, when and where a user has been, all confirmed by his or her own fingerprint whilst unlocking or just using the device - meaning the virtual has become its realest so far with consequences and possibilities we can only begin to speculate on.

Image taken from mymodernmet / Real life person and their avatars by Robbie Cooper.


Since the launch of the new iPhone 5s by Apple, the discussion revolving around online security and privacy has been re-activated. Experts agree that with the introduction of Touch ID the use of biometrical data as a security measure in mobile devices needs to be regulated, especially in terms of storage, handling and exchange of the biometric data processed. However, when looking closer at the implications of the finger-scan-technology developed and introduced by Apple, it becomes clear that the technology not only influences the usage of our personal data, the law and rights users have, but also the way we are present online. Especially since the fingerprint, or any other to be implemented biometric or personal pattern based verification, is ‘THE ID’. With biometrical authentication, there is no way of hiding behind a pseudonym or an avatar. It is really you, the user, who activates and uses the device (at least once, before the device is ‘hacked’). This means, the new iPhone 5s links the virtual world with reality and brings them as close as they have not been before, almost merging them in practice and consequence. The online self becomes authentic. As speculated in the article, this could be the end of the virtual and the beginning of a new web and online experience where we meet real people, make real conversations, buy real goods, but also carry real responsibility.

Image taken from mymodernmet / Real life person and their avatars by Robbie Cooper.

Article written by Sandra Abegglen and Fabian Neuhaus Simultaneously published on Everyday Click and urbanTick.

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          Open Letter 2 Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Ji Ideal-14th President of India-My Candidature-Pradeep Kumar Kunche..Request for Nomination From NDA        

                                      Open Letter 
                                                                        14th June 2017

Dear Shri Narendra Modi Ji
       Hon’ble Prime Minister

Sub: Ideal Profile for 14thPresident of India- My Candidature - Pradeep Kumar Kunche
    Since Election Commission has Issued the Notification For Election of Next President of India, and it is Normal Practice that Ruling Party in the Centre will come with Name of the Candidate and by and large will get Consensus to get unanimous Election and Since Most opposition parties Jointly declared few weeks back that they will wait for the Ruling Party to Come with Name and if Proposed Ruling Candidature is Acceptable they will go for Consensus for President election. So it is Ideal that BJP Led NDA to Choose a Candidate Who Contributed for the Nation Building, to Be Acceptable to All Sections of People.
    Since Since BJP Led NDA Govt and particularly your Good self Always Expressed that Uplift meant of Dalits, Adivasis is Paramount to BJP & the GOI, And Also When the Present BJP Led NDA Govt Got Mandate Because they Got Support from the Dalits in 2014 General Elections and other State Elections as Well, As Dalits Once considered As Vote Bank of Congress and Other Regional Parties Sported BJP, and the Clear Example is BJP Getting 71 Seats From Uttar Pradesh in 2014 General Elections and Also 312 Seats in 2017 State Elections.
    So it is for BJP to Show gratitude to the Dalits by Nominating A Dalit for the Position of Prime Minister, which Will certainly boost the morale of the Dalits at the Gross Roots, Who are otherwise Felt that BJP Did not Live Up to their Expectations and over And Above they are subjected to Atrocities in the Name of COW etc in many parts of the Country and Also Many fearing that BJP will End Reservation in Future Due the Statements of Some of the Social organisation Leaders affiliated to BJP, when the Social Organisation is the Guiding force for the BJP and Many of the BJP are once Part of that Social Organisation.
    Since BJP and Your Good Self always Expresses to Harness the Demographic Dividends of India, where 70% of the population in INDIA are YOUTH and It is an Open Fact that Technology Integration to Reforms is Need of the Hour Ensuring Transparency and Accountability and Better Outreach And Better Implementation of Programmes, And ‘President of India’ being A Guiding Force for the Govt, it is very much need of the Hour  to Have a President Who Understands the Technology and Who himself Applied the Technology for Reforms, As it is a Fact that Primary Knowledge will Certainly Ensure Better Plan, Design and implementation of Programmes Rather than Secondary Knowledge.
    Since the World has Stared Harnessing the Power of Youth, the French President Mr Macron is Just 39 years of Age, Which Your Good Self met Recently, Similarly other Countries Prime Ministers And Presidents, Then is it not Ideal that INDIA with 70% Youth Population Should Have a YOUNG VISIONARY as President of INDIA?.
    Since Many times BJP and Your Good Self Expressed that BJP is the Party that made A Chai Wala i.e. a Tea Seller as Prime Minister, And if BJP Stands by that, then BJP Should nominate A Common Man, With No Assets of Any Sort Except Vision for the Country, who Came up Hard way in Life, be Nominated from BJP Led NDA to the President if INDIA.
    Since Many times BJP Party Expressed its Affection to Religiousness of Promotion of GOODNESS OF HINDU Religion to the World, then it is Ideal that BJP Led NDA Govt nominate a YOUNG Person for Next PRESIDENT OF INDIA Who Vouches for Teaching of Religion in Educational Institutions to Induce Moral & Ethical Values in GenNxt, Who Vouches for Teaching of BHAGAVAD GITA Leadership Principles to All Students to Bring Confidence in them to be Successful Persons in All Walks of life And Who vouches for GHAR GHAR ME TULASI MAA to harness the Spiritual & Material benefits of Tulasi Plant to All Indians & and Who Vouches for Protection of HOLY COW as GAU MATA Being SACRED For 100 crore HINDUS In INDIA and Also Who vouches for Promotion of Indian TRADITIONAL Music, Dance, Art, Food and Culture, Native Seeds for Cultivation, To set Example for GENNXT in INDIA to Follow the Goodness of HINDUISM and INDIAN TRADITIONS, Who follows them in Life to Begin With Wearing TILAK on forehead as Symbol of HINDUISM
    It is a Fact that What All BJP Led NDA Govt implemented in the Last Three Years (other than Demonetisation, Defence, External Affairs) is SIMPLY the Vision of YOUNG HINDU DALIT from SOUTH, Born in Andhra Pradesh and Settled in Hyderabad, Telangana. As what All BJP Led NDA GOI Done Reforms in Last three years are no where Mentioned in the BJP 2014 Election Manifesto 2014 of BJP, nor Expressed by Any one in BJP During Elections in 2014, nor Implemented by BJP Ruled States when some of them are State Subjects, Clearly indicates that BJP Utilised & Implemented the Vision of A YOUNG MERITORIOUS DALIT. The Annexure-1 attached here with Provides the List of Reforms, Excerpts are in My Twitter Media and My Documents Substantiates the Same.
    It is A fact Congress Party Given Opportunity for me As a YOUNG DALIT LEADER to Act as COORDINATOR, SCHEDULED TRIBE DEPT, ALL INDIA CONGRESS COMMITTEE, New Delhi, And it is Fact that Congress Party Allowed Me to Express My Vision for Reforms in Every Sector, and  Most of the Ministers in UPA-2, including the then PMO used to Sent the Official Acknowledgements, Quickly for All my Vision Documents in Various Sectors with Some of the TOP Ministers Expressing “Noted Down the Content Their in” But most Unfortunately UPA-2 Could not Implement my Vision during UPA-2.
    My Heartfelt Thanks to BJP Led NDA GOI and Your Good Self in Particular For Giving LIFE to My VISION by implementing my Vision, the Fact is What All the Reforms implemented in Last Three Years by BJP Led NDA are Just a Fraction of My Vision, Still Lot more Need to be Done, and it is a Universal Fact that ORIGINAL THINKERS Required To ensure efficient & effective Implementation of Reforms and to Avoid Future Complications and in Resolving Crises that Arise in the Process of Implementation. Annexure-2  is here with Attached with detailed description on Why Original Thinkers NEEDED, While Planning Reforms.
    It is Fact that My Documents Provide Integrated Holistic Vision in Every Sector, which are Result of Dedicated Efforts for Decades and My Documents are  Simple, Effective, Wider Out Reach, Faster implementation, Acceptable to All and a Permanent Solution, that Yield the Desired Results, that Can Lead to Sustained Development and Inclusive Growth.
     Since BJP Expresses that it will Encourage Merit and only Goes by Merit, then BJP Should Nominate A candidate for President of INDIA Who Possess Integrated Holistic Vision in Every Sector and made available in PUBLIC Domain, will Enhance the Morale of GenNxt to be Meritorious to Achieve Something in Life, rather than Finding Shortcuts to Reach Goals.
    Also it is fact that BJP Led NDA Govt Expressed that Sab Ka Sath Sab Ka Vikas then it is ideal to Nominate a Person as Next President of INDIA Who Vouches for Equal Opportunity for All in Education, Employment & Electoral System for Ensuring Social Equality and Social Justice Prevails, Which are Prime movers for Sustained Development and Inclusive Growth of All Sections of People at All times.
    Also it is fact that BJP Led NDA GOI is for Women & Girl Child then it is ideal that BJP Led NDA Govt Nominate A Person as President of INDIA Who Vouches for Gender Equality, Gender Empowerment and Gender Sensitivity and Who provided Vision For Better Health Care of Girls & Women, Safety & Security of Women and Ways and means to Empower Girls & Women.
    Since BJP Led NDA Govt Vouching for Transparency & Accountability in Systems of Governance then it is Ideal that BJP led NDA Govt Nominate A person Who Has provided Ways & Means to Ensure Transparency & Accountability in Governance.
    Since BJP Led NDA Govt has Vote Share of 5.27 lakh votes with short fall of  20,000 + Votes Short of Majority for Getting Elected the Choice of BJP Led NDA Govt and When Telugu States of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana  Account for Near About 70,000 votes of which majority of them are TDP 31,000, TRS  22,000 and YSRCP 16,000 and All of them has already Given in Principle Approval to Support NDA Candidate So they Will For Sure Support My Candidature being Pride of TELUGU. Also Tamil Nadu State Which has More than 70,000 Votes will Certainly Support For a Person Belonging to South that too from Telugu, when in 2002 The Then TDP Govt of United Andhra Pradesh being Part of NDA Proposed & Made a Tamil Visionary Dr APJ Abdul Kalam as President of INDIA.
    Keeping in View of the Larger Interest of People of the Country it is IDEAL That BJP Led NDA to Propose My Candidature for President of INDIA., there Exists every Certainty that Consensus Will Prevail from All Opposition Parties as I am Politically Neutral After Quitting Congress Party in 2016 May,  and Contributed my Vision for Every Section of People, at the Same time By Proposing My Candidature BJP Can boost the Confidence to All Sections of People, and Re–assuring All Sections of People That they Are on the Progressive Path, by Way of Making A person Who Vouches for their Betterment as President of INDIA, Further this will send a Positive Message to the Entire World that INDIA is For Change, India Will be an Inspiration & Guiding Force for other Democracies in the World to Follow the Ideas of INDIA.
    And this is What My VISION To Do After Becoming 14th President of India for Betterment of Every Sector & Every Section of People Viz  Farmers, Education, Youth, Un organised Employees, Organised Employees, Dalits, Adivasis, Minorities, Backward Class, Economically Backward Class, Child & Women, Reforms in Marriage Laws, Hindus & Hindutva, Shelter for all, Residential Welfare Associations, Health Care for all, Justice & Police System, Water for all, Clean Air, Digitisation & Online, Black Money Recovery  & Financial Sector, Manufacturing & Service Sectors, Transport Sector, Railways, Civil Aviation, Political and Electoral Reforms, Cleanliness & Hygiene, Sports for All, Entertainment, Greenery, Compassion for all Animals & Holy Cow, Indian Traditions Culture & Customs, Defence, Foreign Affairs, with  Detailed Outlines are in Annexure-3, with Full Description of Every Single Point Mentioned in Annexure-3 are in My Vision Documents, which are Available on INTERNET, in My Scribd & BLOG.
    I am writing this Open Letter Asking for Nomination to President of India In the Larger interest of All Sections of People, and to Boost the Ongoing Developmental initiatives of the Present Government.       Hope All BJP & NDA Leaders Follow their Inner Conscious in addition to their Individual & Collective PROBITY & WISDOM in Choosing Right Candidate for PRESIDENT OF INDIA.