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Government biometrics programs and national ID card contracts in Africa need more transparency

This week’s events show a wide variance in the success of biometrics projects, and the diverse nature of digital ID…

 

Biometric registration programs announced, commenced, disrupted and debated across Africa

Nationwide biometric voter registration is underway in Ghana where the head of the electoral commission shares the rate of voters…

 

Nigeria shows biometric flexibility, slow progress on voter registers continues across Africa

Biometric voting, and the registration required, are once again proving problematic in several African countries. Somalia will miss its target…

 

Public sector payroll reform for Liberia and Zimbabwe, Côte d’Ivoire voter registration: biometrics in Africa this week

In biometrics and digital identity across Africa this week, civil servant pay is something of a theme as countries successfully…

 

Biometrics in Africa this week: Idemia suspension in Kenya overturned, local solutions sought for cybercrime

Kenya’s biometric past and present are covered this week from multiple angles. Its electoral commission will continue to use the…

 

Opportunity overview for Kenya and Malawi: differing prospects for digital ID and mobile money in welfare provision

Two East African nations fared very differently in how they use mobile phones for distributing welfare payments, according to a…

 

Biometrics and digital ID in Africa this week: Data protection trailblazers and new offerings

Biometrics news from Africa is already revealing a shift from reports of the COVID-19 virus leading to shutdowns of biometric…

 

Biometrics and digital ID in Africa this week: BIO-key, Yoti, Simprints, iiDENTIFii and Innovatrics

The coronavirus pandemic is also an opportunity for digital technology, according to the CEO of social enterprise Simprints. Elsewhere, the…

 

Biometrics and digital ID in Africa this week: politics, ecommerce, Covid-19 biometric capture bans

Covid-19 continues to impact biometric systems across Africa. After initial reports in previous weeks of systems being suspended to reduce…

 

Biometrics and digital ID in Africa this week: SIM cards reactivated, refugee privacy concerns and coronavirus

The spread of the coronavirus on the continent sees more impact on biometric services. This week we have summarized the…

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