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"Thousands of Afghans struggling to ensure the physical safety of their families after the Taliban took control of the country have an additional worry: that biometric databases and their own digital history can be used to track and target them."
reuters.com/article/afghanista

Nobody in or spaces is surprised by this. This was completely predictable.

Another "this would *NEVER* happen" just happened.

This is a good moment to yet again recommend Maciej Cegłowski's talk "Haunted by Data":
youtube.com/watch?v=GAXLHM-1Ps

Text and slides here:
idlewords.com/talks/haunted_by

If you're building a new online tool, if you're running a website with analytics enabled, if you're gathering any user data at all, please watch it and then watch it again.

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@rysiek it always does.

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@thegibson @rysiek I'm reminded of the story of the census officer in WWII France who, knowing that census data would be used to find and kill Jews, destroyed it before they could consolidate.

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@seachaint @TheGibson @rysiek unfortunately, in most cases this is not really an option anymore

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@seachaint The link the pic came from archive.aramcoworld.com/issue/ , but not sure if the slideshow archive.aramcoworld.com/issue/ exists anymore. They scan EVERY pilgrim, and you BET they pass the info on. @thegibson @rysiek

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@seachaint We used to be told in school that the decentralization of governmental databases, registry offices, tax authorities, and the ban on a national citizen ID that could be used to link those databases in pre-unification West Germany was deliberate inefficiency in order to prevent easy access by the next malicious government. No idea if it was true.

Not much left of that by now either, and everyone gets assigned tax ID at birth too.

@TheGibson @rysiek

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@galaxis @seachaint @TheGibson interesting, thanks for sharing!

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@galaxis @seachaint @rysiek

This was tight about West Germany here in the states in my civics classes in high school as well, FWIW.

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@TheGibson @rysiek

my concern is it appears worldwide authoritarian régimes (and also conservative/religious groups in "Western" countries) actively reward those with good STEM education with well paid, stable employment in either the public or private sector, so smart folk collecting data are likely to have been deeply embedded in Afghanistan for the last 20 years and may well have played a significant part in the Taliban victory.. >>

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@vfrmedia @rysiek

Dominionism has been a growing force in the private sector over the past 20 yrs. it is disturbing.

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@TheGibson @rysiek

I remember watching "reality TV" shows about the British Army in Afghanistan 20 years ago and our soldiers were struggling with bulky part analogue radios that barely worked (and were difficult to load up the encryption keys with, or in some cases the keys were even mislaid in transit), whilst Taliban had the newest GSM mobile phones (and clearly must have trusted the network enough to make use of it)

STOCHASTIC, EXPONENTIALLY DECAYING APPLAUSE

@rysiek yes, thank you! what a great talk@

afghanistan, taliban, biometrics 

@rysiek A ransomware attack with no ransom would be great.

afghanistan, taliban, biometrics 

@rysiek Ps. Re: Who Afghanis have to worry about. The #Taliban have ALWAYS been a US State Department/CIA terrorist asset and they still are.

Something similar happened in Holland (I think to remember) in WWII: Every follower of a religion (or maybe only jews) registered their preference with the State. When nazis arrived all they had to do was to get those lists and go get the people at their the designated addresses.

afghanistan, taliban, biometrics 

@rysiek Unfortunately one of the best real-world example to share from now one to demonstrate why the "I have nothing to hide" doesn't hold: Suddenly, litterally overnight, the digital data available about you becomes illegal. Legal yesterday, used to kill you the next day. At least here the twitter, facebook & co are not against Afghans and will allow them to hide data and live. But what happens when those companies bend to politics and are actively against you ?

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@rysiek Happened *again*.

afghanistan, taliban, biometrics 

@rysiek Similar to Rule 34, there should be a Rule for technology along the lines of "If it can be abused, it will be abused."

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