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Biometrics or Bust? Implications of the UID for Participation and Inclusion

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jan 06, 2014 08:56 AM
Malavika Jayaram will give a talk on biometrics and the implications of UID for participation and inclusion at the office of the Centre for Internet and Society in Bangalore on January 10, 2014 at 6.00 p.m.

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Jan 10, 2014
from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM


The Centre for Internet and Society (opposite Domlur Club) and near to TERI Complex, No.194, 2nd C Cross, Domlur 2nd Stage, Bangalore 560071

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Privacy is often portrayed as a luxury, as the intellectual preoccupation of nerdy privileged liberals, and an issue of salience only to the elite. This ignores the reality of the most marginalized sections of a society being disproportionately impacted by privacy intrusive technologies. The collusion of public and private agendas towards implementing large welfare projects is generally seen as progressive and neutral, yet the consequences of even well-intentioned efforts that trade privacy for convenience, welfare, security or a host of other compelling goals is troubling. The use of biometric technologies further complicates matters: the assumption that bodies can be rendered into infallible verifiers, as repositories of unchanging truth, is not without its catalogue of failures. This talk will examine the notion of biometric representations as a kind of capital, the possibility that failures are endemic to their functioning, and the implications of systemic errors on equality, participation and democracy.

Malavika Jayaram

Malavika is a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, focusing on privacy, identity and free expression. She is also a Fellow at the Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore, and the author of the India chapter for the Data Protection & Privacy volume in the Getting the Deal Done series. 
Malavika is one of 10 Indian lawyers in The International Who's Who of Internet e-Commerce & Data Protection Lawyers directory. In August 2013, she was voted one of India’s leading lawyers and one of only 8 women to be featured in the “40 under 45” survey conducted by Law Business Research, London. In a different life, she spent 8 years in London, practicing law with global firm Allen & Overy in the Communications, Media & Technology group, and as VP and Technology Counsel at Citigroup. During 2012-2013, she was a Visiting Scholar at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. She is working on completing her PhD at the National Law School.