Hark, Who Goes There – Digital Identification and the New World Order

March 26th, 2006

According to CardTechnology Magazine, parts of southern Taiwan are trying out a contactless digital money card, branded by MasterCard, for bus passengers. Apparently, the card cannot be validated fast enough for subway use. The cards are also being used for purchases at stores.

The Taiwanese trial is one of many that are going on around the world. The Feb 2006 print issue of CardTechnology magazine asks the question Will Banks and Transit Create A Common Contactless Card? on the front cover. There is a move all over the world to force citizens to give up hard currency and printed identification in favour of digital forms. Besides making our lives more costly, there are many people concerned with the negative repercussions on our lives.

These types of cards are part of a wave of digital identification measures that make it easier to identify someone anywhere in the world. The Observer Guardian has a strongly cautionary article regarding the possible erosion of civil liberties due to national identity types of cards, and the scare tactics that the UK government is using in media campaigns urging people to get a card.

These cards, originally intended to be voluntary, seem to have become mandatory, or so the article suggests. Without it, the UK government suggests, you cant do this or this or that. Apparently, you will not be able to get a job, drug prescriptions, or even an Internet account without it. In short, you need it.

Consider how difficult it would be for travellers new to a country to get around, purchase stuff, get medical attention, etc, without somehow being part of the process. Gone are the days when you could just get on a plane and visit somewhere. Now, if youre not part of a tour package, you have to worry about having the right identification and even the right transit cards, etc.

If youre coming from a country that no longer uses print passports, what happens when you go to another country? Can they use your digital passport? Do they still expect a print passport, or do they have a digital system as well – one thats incompatible with your digital passport?

Anyone who can access your digital identity card(s), in any country, can find out a lot about you. As human beings, we are flawed, and in our youth, we may make mistakes on our path to wisdom. Some of these mistakes might be recorded for eternity, available to far more people than youre comfortable with having access.

This and many other social issues need to be sorted out before citizens should accept such drastic changes to the way we live our lives. […]

An excellent and insightful piece snarfed from here.

It is clear that anyone with even the slightest amount of intelligence understands that all of this is a very bad idea. I have a feeling that it will be difficult for it to be pulled off, either in the short term (preferable) or the long term. Like the Soviet Union that all of this is based on, tyranny simply cannot survive. There will be an explosion of hate, or just as the Berlin wall fell, people will simply ignore the rules en masse, so that the system collapses completely. I just hope that it doesnt take seventy years like it did for the Russians. I think that it wont take that long, because the means to mass communicate to millions is in the hands of everyone.

…No this is not the new Home Office ID computer building. Spiegel Online have a nice virtual tour of Hitler’s Chancellery designed to intimidate his foreign visitors. The Fhrer would have loved to have got his hands on the sort of technology being proposed by theHome Office. In German the gradual erosion of civil liberties that happened in the Third Reich is known as Salami-Taktik, as in slices of salami. New Labour has got hold of the same idea. Tony Blair’s legacy will be a lot of bad legislation that little by little will push Britain towards the genteel fascism spoken of by George Orwell, the author of 1984. The proposed ID card database is a massive intrusion into our civil liberties by a government drowning in its own sleaze. The dream of total social control that already costs us 100,000 pounds every day and any illusion that this is going to be a voluntary scheme is a sick joke. And, to honour the memory of the Nrnberg Race Laws, Section 13 deals with the creepy “invalidity and surrender” of a person’s ID card, or the withdrawal of a person’s identity by the state. Without the card it will be impossible to function as a citizen in the UK. In spite of the cost the card will remain the property of the state. Die Untermenschen kommen wieder. […]


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