Desperate To Identify People Staying At Home, Biometric Industry Holds “Festival Of Identity” Webinar

Desperate To Identify People Staying At Home, Biometric Industry Holds “Festival Of Identity” Webinar by  for Activist Post

I am constantly surprised by how far biometric corporations will go to exploit COVID-19.  But nothing and I mean nothing could have prepared me for what I read this past Friday.

Planet Biometrics reported that Science Media Partners is planning to hold the world’s largest “home” identity webinar from May 4th -May 12th.

Science Media Partners has announced plans for a groundbreaking online event entitled the Festival of Identity, noting it will be a new, positive, and exciting webinar platform that will serve the whole identity community during these difficult times.

Calling the largest home identity webinar in the world a festival is a misnomer at best. Dictionary.com says the definition of a festival is “unrestrained joy”, Your Dictionary calls it a “celebration.”  When biometric companies show unrestrained joy for finding new ways to identify people staying at home, everyone should take notice.

What is the reason Science Media Partners is holding the world’s largest home identity webinar during a pandemic? It is to help governments and private corporations identify people staying at home, of course.

The world finds itself in a time of great uncertainty and unprecedented change, with life having been turned upside down. Working from home has become the new normal, domestic travel has become the exception, international travel a rarity. Privacy and rights are being increasingly challenged – albeit most often with good reason. Across the world, governments and corporations are grappling with issues such as population management, dispersal of benefits, IT security and considering how we can finally exit from citizen lockdown strategies.

COVID-19 has changed the way governments and corporations can identify and monitor people.

Governments are worried that police can no longer rely on CCTV cameras, license plate readers and contact-tracing to identify people.

“If only some company could solve this privacy dilemma and find a way for governments and corporations to monitor people at home, then we could all feel a sigh of relief”, I sarcastically said to myself.

Six days from now, the world’s largest home identification webinar called “The Festival of Identity” will begin to do just that. To date,  there are seven free webinars designed to help governments monitor and identify people who are staying at home.

Monday May 4
“The Identity Landscape: COVID-19 Changes Everything”

“Proportionate Use Of Surveillance Technologies During Lockdown”

Tuesday May 5
“Internet Dogs And Digital Frankensteins: How Better ID Can Slash Identity Fraud”

Wednesday May 6

“Seamless And Hygienic Identity Technologies For Future Travel”

Thursday May 7
“HeartID – Recent Advances In ECG-Based Human Authentication”
(To find out more about HeartID click herehere.)

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