Articles By Frank Hersey

Frank Hersey is a tech reporter for Biometric Update covering Africa-related biometrics and digital identity news. He is based in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Before arriving in West Africa last year, Frank was based in Beijing and worked primarily for TechNode, the China partner for TechCrunch.

This has been West Africa’s week in digital ID news. Liberia may be adding a few more people to its…

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Digital ID in Africa this week: local mobile banking and biometric verification technology soar ahead

The trend for this week is mobile – mobile banking, payments, SIM registration and even a mobile app to check…

 

Digital ID in Africa this week: mammoth biometric registration plans for Nigeria and Interpol in the Sahel

The sheer scale of the projects underway in Kenya and Nigeria mean that once again the two countries dominate Africa’s…

 

‘Prone to hacking’: expert witness in Kenya’s Huduma Namba hearings first round

“[The National Integrated Identity Management System] thus is an archaic design compared to modern-day systems architecture and can be rightly…

 

Trust and transparency plus $66 billion would bring Africa up to speed for ID and digital economy

An investment of $60 billion would bring Africa’s digital infrastructure up to speed and $6 billion would cover ID provision…

 

Digital ID in Africa this week: biometrics for housing, anti-terrorism

It has been two steps forward and possibly two steps back again for digital ID in Africa this week. While…

 

Digital ID in Africa this week: International Identity Day, biometric electoral rolls on display in Ghana

The International Identity Day concept which was born of the ID4Africa movement gains significant ground as Nigeria becomes the first…

 

Democratic Republic of Congo to launch biometric population register by 2020

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is to launch a biometric ID system and population register by 2020 according to…

 

Digital ID in Africa this week: Nigeria’s expanding biometric web, pros and cons of national ID

Developments this week highlight the divide between African nations in terms of the level of maturity of their digital ID…

 

Digital ID in Africa this week: Nigeria extends biometric registration, Kenyan groups call for scrutiny

With the biggest digital ID job to do in Africa in terms of population size, Nigeria dominates the identity agenda…

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