As 2020 approaches, isn’t it time we meet the folks designing your “full-spectrum” ID future? ID2020 doesn’t just expand national biometric identity programs. Casting a wide net to ensnare stateless individuals with no “record” in state-based systems. This is of course being pitched as a benefit to individuals who “…must have the capacity to assert their identity across borders…” — “Privacy, portability, and persistence are necessary for digital identity to meaningfully empower and protect individuals.”
Meet the ID2020 Alliance:
The ID2020 Alliance is an innovative public-private partnership committed to improving lives through digital identity. The Alliance brings together multinational institutions, nonprofits, philanthropy, business, and governments to set the technical standards for a safe, secure, and interoperable digital identity that is owned and controlled by the user. It funds high-impact pilot projects that bring digital identity to vulnerable populations, and uses the data generated to find scalable solutions and inform public policy. Partners include Accenture, FHI360, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, Hyperledger, IDEO.org, iRespond, Kiva, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, Simprints, and United Nations ICC.
Anybody buying this benevolent corporate double-think? I know, to many of our POM readers this is covering well-traveled territory. But there are always new wrinkles to what we think we already know. Here’s something new:
H. R. 1729, introduced March 13, 2019 by Mr. Higgins of Louisiana, amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002, establishing the Office of Biometric Identity Management. https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/1729
In the last session of Congress (115th) there was a bill requiring biometric ID for all U.S. citizens. It hasn’t been reintroduced in the 116th Congress as far as I know. If passed, anyone who wants to work in the U.S. would need a biometric ID. Cross a border, get on a plane, enter a secure federal building, you get the ID-ea.
Questions? Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about biometrics. https://www.gemalto.com/govt/inspired/biometrics
The elitist ruling class has really outdone themselves. Use your unique, biological features as a weapon against every human being still breathing on earth. Who says you aren’t the target?