State agencies & friendly bank cheer for “transition to biometrics” in Russia – But Russians are not so enthusiastic

Edward Slavsquat: “Russia’s Unified Biometric System (UBS), a commercially operated national biometrics database, has been billed as a safe and effective way to identify the proles. But there’s a problem: Many Russians don’t know about the miracle of for-profit biometrics, and the ones who do know about it are not very excited for some weird reason. Obviously this is unacceptable, so TASS (a state-owned media outlet) and VTsIOM (a state-owned polling agency) teamed up to host a biometrics cheerleading event.”

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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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