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Chris Burt is a writer and contributor to Biometric Update. He has also written nonfiction about information technology, dramatic arts, sports culture, and fantasy basketball, as well as fiction about a doomed astronaut. He lives in Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter @AFakeChrisBurt."

Deep stakeholder engagement marks day 2 of ID4Africa 2017

Day two of ID4Africa 2017 wrapped up with hundreds of delegates from dozens of African nations remaining deep in discussion late into the evening in host city Windhoek, Namibia. The second day of the third annual ID4Africa forum was highlighted by seven information sessions covering a wide range of specific topics in digital identity, as well as a day-long session on document security. Each of the forum’s day two sessions included several speakers, with topics including overcoming ID systems challenges

Identity companies at ID4Africa expo hall embrace Africa’s challenges and opportunity

With approximately 45 percent of the world’s 1.1 billion people without legal identity living in Africa, according to new World Bank statistics, the opportunity for companies in biometrics and the broader identity ecosystem are clear. The challenges are also well known, with lack of electricity, digital infrastructure, political will, and budget, along with other challenges present in different combinations and degrees in each country. Over 90 companies are exhibiting their technical answers to these challenges in the expo hall of

ID4Africa 2017 launches with survey of stakeholder perspectives and impassioned dialogue

ID4Africa 2017 kicked off in Windhoek, Namibia on Wednesday with the opening of the conference’s exhibit hall and a series of plenary sessions including addresses from Namibian Vice-President the Honorable Dr. Nickey Iyambo, who spoke about the importance of UN Sustainable Development Goal 16:9, which targets universal legal identification by 2030. “My question to my colleagues is: are we going to make that deadline? Quite,” Vice-President Iyambo stated. Vice-President Iyambo told the packed auditorium and numerous representatives of local media

ID4Africa movement grows 68 percent from 2016 to 2017

The number of attendees at ID4Africa’s annual forum has grown by 68 percent CAGR from 2016 to 2017, with growth among all three stakeholder groups, ID4Africa Executive Director Dr. Joseph Atick says. Dr. Atick revealed the growth of the movement and its annual event in remarks during the opening of ID4Africa 2017 in Windhoek, Namibia on Wednesday. “I think there is no better testament to the importance of this gathering, or the viability of this movement, than you being here

ID4Africa 2017 set to continue pan-continental momentum toward universal digital identity

Preparations for the ID4Africa Forum 2017 in Windhoek, Namibia have been successfully completed, with the arrival and registration Tuesday of delegates from over 50 nations and 22 development agencies, as well as booths set up by over 90 vendors and supporting organizations in the exhibition hall. The third annual event of the ID4Africa movement and organization will take place April 26-28, with the theme of “Pathways to Digital Identity,” in support of ID4Africa’s mission and year-round work. ID4Africa was co-founded

BioRugged to showcase new low-cost mobile biometric devices at ID4Africa

BioRugged will showcase several new devices at its exhibit booth at the upcoming ID4Africa conference, in a major expansion of its portfolio of mobile biometric products. Among the hardware products it will present are the Suprema BioWolf LE biometric tablet, a mobile solution for smart card printing, and the Ruggbo 20 and 30 prototypes. ID4Africa 2017, being held in Windhoek, Namibia, April 26-28, is the third annual conference of ID4Africa, a multi-stakeholder organization promoting digital legal identity development on the

Author shares military biometrics deployment lessons to address industry shortfall

While working as a U.S. Army officer in the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) biometrics organization, William Buhrow had a conversation with a frustrated member of the military in Afghanistan. The guides to use and planning considerations available for other systems used by the military did not exist for biometrics, he discovered. This realization prompted Buhrow to take on a role as an advocate for broader understanding of the non-technical aspects of large scale biometric deployments, and to write Biometrics in

Researchers find smartphone fingerprint sensors potentially vulnerable to “MasterPrints”

Smartphone fingerprint sensors could be fooled up to 65 percent of the time by “MasterPrints” digitally composed from common fingerprint features, according to findings published Monday by researchers at New York University and Michigan State University. In the report MasterPrint: Exploring the Vulnerability of Partial Fingerprint-based Authentication Systems, the researchers warn that partial fingerprint-based authentication systems are potentially vulnerable to compromise, particularly when multiple impressions of each finger are enrolled. Enrolling multiple impressions is often required by devices to ensure

Researchers improve method to detect faces in a crowd from small images

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a method for detecting multiple faces in a crowd from small images with a greatly reduced error factor, according to a report in The Tartan. The process described in the Finding Tiny Faces report involves focusing a computer on specific pixels within a “massively-large receptor field,” in which 99 percent of the template examined is beyond the object of interest, and which provides the context to detect small objects. While most recognition approaches

U.S. legislators move to limit drone surveillance and facial recognition

Bicameral legislation was introduced last week to the U.S. houses of congress by Senator Edward J. Markey and Rep. Peter Welch to protect individual privacy from the growing number of government and commercial drones in use. The Drone Aircraft Privacy and Transparency Act (PDF) has been referred to the House Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure and Energy and Commerce. “What happens if there are drones that are gathering, through facial recognition, who is shopping on Main Street and selling that