A centralised and inter-linked database like Aadhaar will lead to profiling and self-censorship, endangering freedom.
Proponents of Aadhaar have used several derogatory names for those raising questions about the project. But what motivated people to challenge the government’s plan in the first place?
While Nandan Nilekani praised Sharma for his apology, others thought it was far from enough after he had abused those raising serious concerns about Aadhaar.
Internet Freedom Foundation’s Kiran Jonnalagadda has alleged that ISPIRT and its co-founder Sharad Sharma set up fake Twitter profiles to harass, intimidate Aadhaar critics.
The government seems to either not notice or not care about the many glitches in the Aadhaar system, as it enters more and more parts of our lives.
The court must hear pending cases on Aadhaar urgently, before the government further inhibits people’s rights and liberties under the facade of ’empowerment’.
The IT company said that its founders and the board could have differing views on some issues, but all decisions were taken with the approval of shareholders.
The court also essentially reaffirms that the Aadhaar scheme is completely voluntary, until it eventually decides one way or the other.
While the government painted a highly exaggerated picture of savings from the direct benefit transfers for LPG, the mainstream media played along with this portrayal.
While the Aadhaar project is economically beneficial for the government, it is possible that its initially stated goals could have been achieved with cheaper and less intrusive technologies.
From nudging new voters to a national health network, what sort of house could be built upon the Aadhaar ecosystem?
The budget speaks of giving the UID system “statutory backing”. However, it is clear the intention is to find a way to accelerate its use, not deal with the glaring problems that have already surfaced in its rollout across the country.
Just as Chinese Internet users do not care about content outside the Great Firewall even after it’s unblocked, Free Basics users will likely continue to use the restricted bundle of services provided by Facebook and its partners even after they convert to paid, full Internet access.