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This is a thread on how govt agencies have been monitoring social media accounts of citizens. I am putting together at one place all that has been reported so far. Stay with me. (1/n)
In April 2018, the Union I&B Ministry floated a tender to contract an agency to monitor social media posts of citizens, including their "emails" and "historical communications", to gauge their opinions about government policies, and create "360-degree view of people." (2/n)
The ministry wanted to institute an "analytical tool" that could categorise conversations into "positive, negative and neutral" and target citizens with personalised messages to promote positive opinions about government schemes. More details here: scroll.in/article/879833ā€¦ (3/n)
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@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
@aha_irshi @JacobusCilliers @kopalo @jackerhack @nixxin @databaazi @pranesh @fs0c131y Appallingly, the current court judgment cites the 'slideshow' and ignores signed affidavits and reports of starvation deaths due to exclusion, following the scheme. Suggest J-PAL could hew a little closer to its mission statement, rather than spew propaganda.
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Okay, so looks like nobody is being entirely honest about the #UIDAIMystery. Not the Government, Not @UIDAI, not @GoogleIndia, not phone manufacturers either.
The handset makers say every device on startup connects to the net and downloads a set of Emergency numbers for that country
In that case
1. Can your device just connect to the net and download any contact?
2. On what basis did they decide it's just two for India, 112 & #UIDAI?
Most users reported seeing this number in their Phone contacts, not SIM or Google synced contacts. This doesn't appear to be much of a SIM issue. I ported recently and the new SIM has their own set of default numbers, no #UIDAI, though some are reported to include it officially.
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. @UIDAI claimed that 'It is clarified that, #UIDAI has not asked or communicated to any manufacturer or service provider for providing any such facility whatsoever'
#Google has assured its fix in the next few weeks! If you are wondering how #iPhone users reported the no. showing up in their contacts, it's likely coz they synced their contacts with a #Gmail account that already had the said contact added to its list #UIDAImystery
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Chillingly, the 10 stages of #Aadhaar : India's enforced biometric ID.
#1. Classification: People are divided into 2 groups. Those who have #Aadhaar (the good people). And those who don't have Aadhaar (the bad people). We don't have this classification for any other ID in India.
#2 People are forced to self identify using #Aadhaar as a single centralized biometric ID, for everywhere they do, everything they have. It's linked to birth, death, marriage, ration, pension, bank, property, school, online shopping, app cab. This happens ONLY in a fascist state
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