The Indian government has faced a strong backlash over some of its decisions regarding the implementation of the Aadhar card. However it has stood its ground, countering the unjustified discourse around Aadhar and the inability of some to completely comprehend it.

When the Aadhar project began in 2009, its sole aim was to provide each and every Indian with a universally acceptable and portable unique identification. The only form of unique identification in India before Aadhar was the Ration card, which became increasingly unreliable owing to many loopholes and corruption in the system. Aadhar was conceptualized as a way out, building over the flaws of the ration card and extending its service to all individuals unconditionally. (more…)

Yesterday, people on the island of Hawaii, were aghast and shaken, by an accidental alert, sent out in error, to their mobile devices, stating, “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill”. (more…)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to place “Digital India”, at the forefront of his policies, has resulted in Indian officials collecting a massive biometric data base, of more than a billion people’s scanned fingerprints, and facial recognition.

Having at their fingertips, the ability and ease to make immediate payments, following the government backed fingerprint payment system. registered Indian shoppers, are ready for this fast track innovation; the ability make purchases in a split second.

In a country, where cash was used more than transaction, it was difficult to avoid fraud and corruption. Taxation payments for goods was easily avoided and money wasn’t flowing appropriately,  into the countries system. Now, with the collection of individual profiles in this government biometric ID data bank, citizens have the opportunity to open bank accounts, and have access to digital financial services. (more…)

In a long deliberated verdict over National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance program, the United States House of Representatives voted towards extending existing privileges of the agency by six years with few minor modifications. The vote skewed against the popular opinion of many lawmakers proposing significant policy overhaul to limit NSA’s unregulated intrusion for information mining.

The vote, 256-164, came against the backdrop of an NSA blow-out of Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act permitting the US government to mine information from industry giants like Google and AT&T, including emails and other communications, with no consent of the involved party. (more…)

1. Crypto Currency for the Layman – NAC3: The North American Crypto Currency Conference.

NAC3 – the only Bitcoin and Blockchain conference designed for the “average person”.

Topics: “A Beginner’s Guide to Trading Crypto Currency”, “Investing in Today’s Crypto Market”, “Wallets and Security”, “Tax Implications”, “Legal Regulations”.

New York City

February 24-25, 2018

Eden on the Hudson (more…)

Mumbai reflects on its lack of systematic surveillance programmes, with five reported incidents of fire in just 20 days.

Flames engulfed the sessions court building in Mumbai on a brisk Monday morning, as the incident became the latest in a string of fire eruptions across the city. The fire reportedly broke out on the third floor, with large sections of the floor and roof bearing the brunt. Fire fighters immediately rushed to the spot and no casualties were reported. In a statement to the press, civil officials underlined the wielding work on the premises as the primary reason for the fire. (more…)

Walt Disney World News, announces, “Do Not Disturb” signs at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels are being replaced with new “Room Occupied” signs amid security concerns. The new signs guests can place on their room door reflects the new policy in place”.

Disney’s ROOM OCCUPIED – WE’RE OFF TO NEVERLAND signs that include images of Disney’s beloved characters, Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Wendy, Michael and John Darling, flying over rooftops under the moonlight at night, seemingly better suits the newly established security Disney policy. (more…)

Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, announced on January 4th, the following statement:

“The security and integrity of the technology systems at the White House is a top priority for the Trump administration and therefore the use of all personal devices for both guests and staff will no longer be allowed in the West Wing,”

Effective this week, a new policy implementation will mean that White House staff will only be allowed to use government–issued devices, and will not be allowed to bring into the work space, their own personal cell phones or tablets. (more…)

In October 2017, Amazon announced the launch of its new security device – the Amazon Key. The Key consisted of a high grade security camera and a smart, programmable front door lock that enabled the users to unlock their doors while away from home. The objective of the device was to allow the delivery men to put the purchased items just inside the house instead of leaving it out at the doorstep in case the recipient was not at home. The launch was met with unwelcoming reactions which labelled the idea as ridiculously and absurdly unsafe. (more…)