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Mark of the Beast?
Loughborough To Lead International Identity Management Study
- Oct. 5, 2011 - A team of educators in the UK have received a large grant to examine taboos and desires around
future technologies of 'identity management'. They will study how and why people in the UK and US will use future
identification technologies, and why they will resist others.
- "There is a peculiar paradox between the eager sharing of personal details on social network sites,
and the deep anxieties about, for instance, biometric identification or a national identity card.
- Source: Insurance Newsnet
Electronic skin tattoo has medical, gaming, spy uses
- Aug. 11, 2011 - A new technology called an epidermal electronic system (EES) has been developed to replace
bulky electrodes and integrate the body with electronic equipment. The device is a hair-thin electronic patch that
adheres to the skin like a temporary tattoo. It can be used for medical sensing, computer gaming and even
spy operations. The device was developed by an international team of researchers from the United States,
China and Singapore.
- Source: Breitbart
Image courtesy of J. Rogers, University of Illinois
Your face on Facebook 'your own worst enemy'
- Aug. 3, 2011 - A so-called "mash-up," or combining of technologies has led to the possible identification of
strangers and the ability to gain their personal information. The technologies are face recognition, cloud computing
(inexpensive Internet mass storage) and social networks like Facebook. Google and Apple are leading the way in
the use of facial recognition.
In one recent experiment at Carnegie Mellon University, more than 30 percent of students who walked by a campus
building and had their pictures taken using a webcam attached to a laptop were identified from a public database of
- Source: WorldNetDaily
- Facebook facial recognition called illegal
- The Local - Germany
Facebook Turns on Facial Recognition, Sparking Fresh Privacy Complaints
- Jun. 8, 2011 -
- Facebook has quietly expanded the availability of technology to automatically identify people in photos,
renewing concerns about the privacy practices of the world's top social networking service.
- Source: Fox
New super-fast biometric ID system may allow card-less ATMs
- June 6, 2011 - New from Fujitsu Laboratories is a fast biometric identification system. It could be used by
ATM machines and many other applications.
- The new technology announced on June 1 scans not just fingerprints but also the pattern of blood vessels in the
palm of a person's hand.
- Source: Mainichi - Japan
Visa To Launch New 'Digital Wallet' In Fall
May 11, 2011 - This fall Visa Inc. will launch a new "digital wallet" that will enable people to pay for
goods and services through their smartphones. The phones will be equipped with "near-field communications technology,"
Eventually the same smartphones will allow users to buy products online without having to enter credit card information.
- NFC allows people to wave their card or phone in front of a scanner to pay for goods and services. NFC is
already found in cards, and can be accepted at drugstore chains and gas stations.
Google's Nexus S already has an NFC chip and the latest Android software for mobile phones supports this
- Source: Wall Street Journal
Feds Set Deadline For Identity Smart Card Program
Feb. 4, 2011 -
- The federal government has stepped up plans to use the Federal Personal Identity Verification (PIV) system
to verify employee and contractor credentials to access federal facilities and IT networks and systems,
according to a memo from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued Thursday
- Source: Information Week
Obama Administration Reportedly Plans to Create Internet ID for All Americans
Jan. 8, 2011 -
President Obama is planning to give the Commerce Department authority to create an Internet ID
for all Americans. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke explained:
- "We are not talking about a national ID card. We are not talking about a government-controlled system. What we are
talking about is enhancing online security and privacy, and reducing and perhaps even eliminating the need to
memorize a dozen passwords."
- Source: Fox
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