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Hacks of democracy and ECMP patch removing security checks.

How checks and balances that exist in a democracy are hacked in policymaking. Aadhaar ECMP Hack and skirting security checks HuffPost India exposed in detail how a patch to ECMP client, the software used to enrol people into Aadhaar can disable security checks that were intended to prevent fraudulent enrollments. UIDAI's Aadhaar Software Hacked, ID […]

India Stack must be free, open. – Kaarana – Medium

Originally posted on by Srikanth @logic on 18 Nov 2016 IndiaStack develops what it calls the foundation / building blocks of a Digital India. The blocks present in India Stack layer, including Aadhaar and software products on top of it (E-Sign, E-KYC, Digital Locker), UPI fundamentally changes the way citizens interact / transact with government […]

Videos / TV Debates – Kaarana – Medium

Playlist of videos of talks, interviews and discussions by Kaarana members. As always, opinions are of the individual. Playlist of television debates with participation from Kaarana members.

State of Aadhaar biometric auth doesnt help welfare

Aadhaar integration into welfare has been fraught with issues, issues that affect the poor and marginalized more than privileged classes. On 22nd March, UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey made a presentation before the Supreme five-judge bench to convince them that all was well with Aadhaar. On slide 42, an extremely important piece of evidence showing […]

#AadhaarFail visualization across India – Kaarana – Medium

PS: This article is a work in progress and may be updated. As part of Rethink Aadhaar, we had been thinking for some months about creating a visual representation of public reports of denial of welfare cases due to Aadhaar issues. These could be due to Aadhaar seeding issue, or ABBA (Aadhaar Based Biometric Authentication). […]

Kārana Meetup — Reasoning Digital Identity – Kaarana – Medium

Digital Identity Research Initiative (DIRI) of Indian School of Business, Hyderabad is organising an international conference on digital identity focused on Aadhaar on July 11–13, 2018. Since a large number of people interested in digital identity will be around. Team Kārana is hosting a meetup discussing our work studying the role of digital identity in […]

A rant on Aadhaar – Kaarana – Medium

I’m going to preface this by stating that this is an intensely personal opinion, coloured by my experiences working on identity projects over the years. Over the weekend I addressed a seminar of faculty and students at an engineering college, urging more civic participation in policy making. The speaker following me was a UIDAI official, […]

A critical examination of the State of Aadhaar 2018 report by IDinsight

A critical examination of the State of Aadhaar 2018 report by IDinsight Anand Venkatanarayanan Follow May 23, 2018 · 12 min read The State of Aadhaar Report (SOAR; henceforth “Report”) by IDinsight (funded by Omidyar Network) was released on 17th May 2018. Herewith we examine the claims and recommendations in the Report to determine if […]

Extracting personal phone numbers linked to Aadhaar

The purpose of this article is to demonstrate how the personal phone number linked to any given Aadhaar can be extrapolated due to problems in implementation of the text-based authentication mechanism which websites offering Aadhaar authentication rely on. Websites which make use of text-based (OTP) Aadhaar authentication display to the user only the last four […]

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