India is attempting to improve the living standards of the poor by creating “the world’s largest biometric database“. Eventually to allocate a collection of 1.2 billion identities, the system attempts to catalogue Indian citizens to connect them to the country’s growth by reducing the inequality of India’s economic rise. For many people in India, the 12 digit identification number they receive from this system will be the first proof that they exist. They can use this number to identify themselves anywhere in the country, even to receive welfare benefits, open a bank account, or get a mobile phone (even in a remote village). By first identifying Indian citizens, the program facilitates the growth of the poor by allowing them to access resources -ICTs- which will help close the digital divide.
6 September 2011
Scanning 2.4 Billion Eyes, India Tries to Connect Poor to Growth
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