The Taliban currently manages a US-made super-surveillance system


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In Kabul, Checkpoint is now Taliban fighter..They are using Biometric scanner Paid by Americans Hunt down The civilians who worked and fought with us should be considered for everyone who sells biometric surveillance as a tool for good.

Over the last two decades, Afghanistan has become a venue for technical training.It was where the United States experimented with new war weapons such as: Predator drone, Often have terrifying consequences. It is also the place where we experimented with new forms of surveillance, both military and humane. The United States wanted to create a new rebellion suppression tool by moving between communities and indiscriminately scanning Afghanistan’s biometric data.

That effort failed to make something that could stop the Taliban, but it made something incredibly dangerous with the Taliban’s own hands.

What does it look like on the Taliban’s “murder list” right now?

About 80 percent of the country, About 25 million peopleWas intended to be included in the US military biometric database. Now, Handheld inter-ministerial identity detector You can scan Afghan fingerprints, faces, and irises to reveal biographical information. NS Use Microsoft The device also has access to a much larger national database of information about the millions of Afghanistan that the United States has collected during the 20-year war.

With that technology, the Taliban will control one of the most sophisticated national surveillance systems on the planet.

Deteriorate. Few expected the US military to focus on promoting civil rights in Afghanistan, but many expected the United Nations, especially the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Instead, UNHCR has launched a long campaign of nearly 20 years to request biometric data for assistance., Create yet another dangerous database for the Taliban to manage.

Afghanistan since 2002 Served as a de facto test site for new biometric technologyIncludes one of the earliest iris scanning systems in the world. For agencies, this is not only a way to verify the identity of employees, but also to track who received food and other staple foods and prevent recipients from receiving too much food under multiple names. bottom. Privacy and civil rights complaints, as is often the case, were dismissed as vigilance, but now Afghans pay the price.

Like countless other low-income countries, Biometrics has replaced civil society and the rule of law.. Yes, fraud and embezzlement are real problems. Yes, we must ensure that assistance reaches the people who need it most. However, when responding to a humanitarian crisis using dystopian tools such as facial recognition and iris scanning, it undermines the highly democratic principles that we may have been fighting to assist.

Each time biometric surveillance was incorporated into Afghan society, the risk of abuse increased, but pushback was ignored.when Face recognition is now an admission fee for ballots, Things on the ground And their supporters around the world pushed back, but were ignored again.

Today, an elaborate network of biometric monitoring, purchased and paid primarily in US taxpayers’ dollars, has become one of the Taliban’s most terrifying tools. Aid workers, interpreters, and other American allies can get counterfeit paper and they can wipe their phones, but they can’t change their faces. And for those who are endangering their lives to arrive at Kabul Airport and endangering the last fleeting hope of safety, all Taliban checkpoints carry the risk of face scanning and fatal effects. Bring.

Most countries do not face the same risk of collapse that the Afghan government has experienced, but the lessons still apply. Whenever we force businesses or governments to collect biometric data, we provide them with one form of information that will plague us for the rest of their lives. You can change the name, but not the iris or DNA.

Even if we trust our own government with such tracking tools (and we shouldn’t), what about everyone else who can get the data? Nearly 200,000 American faces were shot with just one Homeland Security Hacking In 2019, but it’s negligible compared to the millions of federal employees whose data was stolen 2015 Office of Personnel Management hack.

You don’t need a government collapse to see biometric data transformed from tools used by police to tools used by criminals and militants. And so far, there is only one surefire way to protect biometric data and prevent reuse. That is, do not collect data in the first place.

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