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Oct 8, 2018 4 tweets 8 min read
@aha_irshi @JacobusCilliers @kopalo @jackerhack @nixxin @databaazi @pranesh @fs0c131y This could be a credible argument if there was credible data that fake users are the problem. Unfortunately, the evidence points elsewhere. No brownie points for fixing real world problems, though. @aha_irshi @JacobusCilliers @kopalo @jackerhack @nixxin @databaazi @pranesh @fs0c131y So, looking up J-PAL, I find "Our mission is to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence." Yet, this is entirely missing from the biometric scheme in India. Only slideshows. Actual #UIDAI data showed nearly all registrants already had documents
Sep 11, 2018 6 tweets 4 min read
@williamheath @JeffJonas I'm sure this makes some sense, although he doesn't explain what happens when a key enabling record is necessarily deleted. But what really struck me was his assumption that this is all about Bad Guys. In the real world, though, communities that are a 1/n @williamheath @JeffJonas blend of self-help and helping others, an ideal of nation-states, mainly need identity resolution to sharpen the focus of assistive efforts, to ensure that help provided to A is not blocked by administrative snafus or deliberate diversion to B. 2/n
Mar 11, 2018 18 tweets 4 min read
In India, we go one step ahead of all this forensic BS: we employ stockmarket billionaires as experts in designing and implementing national policy. Minor problem: the solutions are anti-national, but that is easily ignored by nationalists, including 1/n it would appear, those sworn to defend the Constitution. We've come a long way from the days a colonised India established fingerprints as a way to track criminals: today, their failings are used to exclude welfare beneficiaries. Of course, it is possible 2/n