Researcher, Hacktivist. Interested in Data, Archives, RTI, Maps, Cities, తెలుగు Poetry 😍. Transitioning from Cyberpunk realities to Solarpunk futures.
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Dec 19, 2021 • 11 tweets • 4 min read
Short Thread on #Aadhaar Voter ID linking idea, where it comes from and why you should care about it seriously. Proposal to link Aadhaar was pushed by Nilekani to ECI. This was executed by ECI in 2014 by terming it National Electoral Roll Purification - Authentication Programme.
The first pilot of this exercise of linking Voter ID with Aadhaar was carried out in Nizamabad and Hyderabad districts in Nov 2014 by IAS official Ahmed Babu. Babu claimed this excercise helped remove duplicate voters and recommend to ECI. ECI made it a national programme in 2015
May 12, 2021 • 12 tweets • 3 min read
How does cowin administrator control vaccination in 12 videos from Nandan Nilekani's eGovernment Foundation which pushed cowin on government. It was this code & nilekani which allowed private distribution & setting of prices much before govt decided it.
Apr 26, 2021 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
Thank you for choosing our health service, please login through your National Health ID to share your personal health data with us before we decide how much to charge you.
We are iSPIRT and we build large IT databases like Aadhaar which can be used for both Surveillance & Capitalism. Then we make Govt & orgs like UNDP export this model to other countries. Also some of us work for Nilekani Philanthropies that build DIVOC, which is part of Co-Win.
Apr 9, 2021 • 8 tweets • 3 min read
Short thread for lawyers & others who work on criminal justice system. The e-courts committee has shared a draft with vision for phase 3 of e-courts project. The draft was made by representative from Agami, Vidhi Legal Centre and Daksh. cdnbbsr.s3waas.gov.in/s388ef51f0bf91…
There is a fundamental problem I have with the committee's vision. They propose Open-APIs to share data between all organizations of criminal justice system. At heart of this system is Inter-operable Criminal Justice System (ICJS). Which will integrate courts, prisons, police.
Jul 21, 2020 • 11 tweets • 6 min read
Thread on origins of bio-metrics in banking and subsidy delivery with Electronic Banking System in Andhra Pradesh in 2006. This is about the AP smart card project. This is the true origin of biometrics with #Aadhaar & Direct Benefit Transfer System. web.archive.org/web/2007120819…
The idea around DBT primarily comes with the whole Financial Inclusion Initiatives being promoted by government. But the usage of bio-metrics though happened with this smart card project in Andhra Pradesh. The project was a pilot which & it identified few cores areas.
May 11, 2020 • 10 tweets • 7 min read
A short thread about this delhi based legal think tank which is everywhere proposing laws and committees. Some facts on record with govt documents as evidence. thread becase they helped formulate a data sharing protocol for @SetuAarogya
I first heard about them during the #Aadhaar case when its founder @Arghya_justify was involved in defending govt's stance that Indians don't need a fundamental right to privacy. His stance during the hearing was privacy is part of article 21, so one doesn't need it to elevate it
May 8, 2020 • 9 tweets • 3 min read
Short thread about @Product_Nation and how they operate, as @tam_arund reported this story. the-ken.com/story/sahay-in…
iSPIRT is a lobby group, cabal, cartel which pushes policy changes to help them push their technology inside government. These volunteers build Aadhaar, UPI, e-KYC, e-Sign, DigitalLocker. They are paid by iSPIRT with their last salary upto 36 lakhs.
Jan 21, 2020 • 9 tweets • 5 min read
All the documents related to #Aadhaar#NPR and other government technology projects are available on this link. It is few thousand pages, will add more. This thread introduces some early important documents of Aadhaar. archive.org/details/digita…
The idea to collect bio-metrics for Aadhaar came from a committee from UIDAI and the related standards where developed. archive.org/details/Biomet…
Facial recognition is a new technology, cops have start adopting since 2015. National Crime Records Bureau recently issued a tender for national facial recognition system. economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/…
But what people are missing out is facial recognition system will be a part of Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and System. Again this system became operational post the Mumbai 26/11 attacks to link all police stations starting with the one in coasts ncrb.gov.in/BureauDivision…
To understand NPR, we need to understand wars & migration. The idea NPR came after the war with kargil in 1999. Where pakistanis entered India in civil clothes and we couldn't identify them. #IndiaAgainstCAA#IndiaAgainstNRC
So after the kargil war, there was conference of all chief ministers on internal security on 17-11-2001. This is where the idea of Multi Purpose National Identity Card was proposed and the idea of National Population Registrar was born to identify citizens from aliens.
Feb 15, 2019 • 14 tweets • 8 min read
Long Thread on National Urban Innovation Stack. The draft was announced on Jan 30 with only 15 days for consultation. This is yet another stack in the lines of India stack, health stack, digital sky. Being built by Nandan Nilekani's @eGovFoundationsmartnet.niua.org/nuis
The urban stack will have a set of 7 components,
India Urban Connect,
Smart Procure - tenders/contracts,
Research & Innovation for Urban India,
National Urban Learning Platform,
Aug 7, 2018 • 17 tweets • 11 min read
A thread on all the #Aadhaar data leaks from Andhra Pradesh. The first leak I reported about AP was part of my report on why leaks are happening. The AP government published details of 2 crore residents Aadhaar, bank account numbers, phone numbers as MS Access databases online
Another one part of the same report was AP NREGA website publishing details of another 1,12,99,803 residents #Aadhaar numbers and bank account details.
Jul 26, 2018 • 19 tweets • 6 min read
Next Talk: Weaponising Data For Politics by @ShivamShankarS#FifthEl
Political Parties have invested al-teast $0.5 billion on data campaigns in India #FifthEl
May 10, 2018 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
Reported a security issue of #Aadhaar demographic authentication API without any access restriction & was on unsecured protocols. This allows third parties to access APIs without being a AuA. Similar security issue has been previously reported. hackernoon.com/abusing-aadhaa…
If you saw demographic authentications for your #Aadhaar on UIDAI portal, but you haven't done it. It's likely a third party who is trying to verify your details. As demographic authentication does not require any permission from the Aadhaar holder
Apr 24, 2018 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
It has always been said #Aadhaar is being linked to religion and caste information, apart from occupation. While UIDAI is not doing it, other government departments are. Here is proof that UIDAI has no idea what all is being linked to your unique id. Website reported early today.
It's a live public website yet to be closed down. Reported it to multiple agencies. More details later.