Plans for Biometric Surveillance Reach Epic Scales with Off-Putting Implications

“A pair of troubling reports about plans for intensive biometric surveillance seem drawn from the nightmares of privacy advocates. The premier of a South Africa province that includes Johannesburg and Pretoria has proposed blanketing the poorest areas in the province. In Russia, meanwhile, Moscow’s municipal IT department is hoping to interest the city politicians in building a centralized facial recognition data storage facility. All data harvested from Moscow and surveillance cameras around the nation would flow to the new repository.”

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Mark Skidmore is Professor of Economics at Michigan State University where he holds the Morris Chair in State and Local Government Finance and Policy. His research focuses on topics in public finance, regional economics, and the economics of natural disasters. Mark created the Lighthouse Economics website and blog to share economic research and information relevant for navigating tumultuous times.

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