Aadhaar — A Self Certified ID – Kaarana – Medium

Aadhaar — A Self Certified ID Public availability of cracked Enrollment software makes Aadhaar information equivalent to a Self Certified ID Anand Venkatanarayanan Follow May 2, 2018 · 5 min read The biggest question that the Asia Times news story raises about the compromised enrollment software is — Why UIDAI cannot fix it? This post […]

Gujarat biometric leak and Registered Devices – Kaarana – Medium

Image Credit: Narendra Bhooshan Gujarat biometric leak and Registered Devices The leak proves beyond doubt that Registered Devices cannot protect from fraud or identity theft Anand Venkatanarayanan Follow Feb 27, 2018 · 6 min read The basics Biometrics are private information — neither a secret, like passwords are, nor public, meant to be shared freely. […]

Aadhaar’s fiscal impact on PAHAL is -6900 crores (loss) so far

Aadhaar’s fiscal impact on PAHAL is -6900 crores (loss) so far The move to make everyone Cash Transfer compliant also hurt the Ujjwala scheme’s chance of success. Anand Venkatanarayanan Follow Feb 6, 2018 · 7 min read This is Part 2 of an earlier report, which showed that LPG subsidy savings because of Aadhaar is […]

The “relative print” feature in the Aadhaar enrolment client

The “relative print” feature in the Aadhaar enrolment client Every enrolment operator has always had full access to every resident’s demographic data Anand Venkatanarayanan Follow Jan 24, 2018 · 7 min read On 3 January, 2017, The Tribune published one of the best kept secrets in the Aadhaar enrolment ecosystem: that anyone can access the […]

LPG Savings due to Aadhaar is only 107–203 crore – Kaarana – Medium

LPG Savings due to Aadhaar is only 107–203 crore Aadhaar savings in LPG PAHAL is a fraction of 29,769 crore claimed by the Government of India, even before considering capital and running costs Anand Venkatanarayanan Follow Jan 23, 2018 · 10 min read 1. Overview How much did Aadhaar-based deduplication really save on the LPG […]

Purpose limitation and Bank-UID Linking – Kaarana – Medium

Co-authored by Anand Venkatanarayanan First, the official statement that “Bank-Aadhaar linking will prevent frauds and will enable fraudsters to be traced”, by Ajay Bhushan Pandey: Linking Aadhaar with bank accounts can prevent fraud: UIDAI CEO New Delhi: There has been a loss of $3 billion in the last one year due to fraud in the […]

The state of Aadhaar on the 1st day of final SC hearings

Today the landmark Aadhaar hearings in the Supreme Court have started. It is germane to examine how we got here; what is at stake; and what we, civil society on behalf of current and future citizens of India, have achieved. How did we get here aka How UIDAI’s Powers Grew Leaps and Bounds, All Without […]

Aadhaar enrolment costs – Kaarana – Medium

Aadhaar enrolment costs Anand Venkatanarayanan Follow Jan 8, 2018 · 8 min read What is the true cost of Aadhaar? Answering this question is the first step to performing a cost-benefit analysis on the effectiveness of the project for welfare delivery. There are two broad categories of cost in the Aadhaar program: Enrolment costs and […]

Public, private and secret information – Kaarana – Medium

Aadhaar proponents regularly ask opponents why they have a problem sharing their biometrics with Aadhaar if they have no problem sharing with the US government for a visa. Proponents seem to be genuinely perplexed by this apparent hypocrisy. It helps to understand it in terms of the types of information and how they are used. […]

Technology doesn’t solve problems; intent does – Kaarana – Medium

I went to a startup conference over the weekend (24 June) and chatted up a host of familiar faces. Many conversations inevitably turned towards Aadhaar. I heard two recurring sentiments: Aadhaar is fundamentally a good idea, whatever the current problems may be. It is a mistake for tech entrepreneurs to get involved with government. I […]

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