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Discussion on ‘Understanding Aadhaar through the lens of technology and security’(Sept 5, 2016)

by sflc_admin    |    September 2, 2016

Aadhaar operates with the collection, sharing, and storage of biometric as well as demographic information of the individuals. With its mass enrollment, it is being planned and aimed as a means for enabling a larger digital ecosystem to make the shift to a data centric business model. With this goal, it is pertinent to understand the functioning of the underlying machinery of this system. Specifically with respect to the technological features of the Aadhaar system, there are a few aspects of its hardware and software that require an informed discussion to better understand the technology upon which this system operates. The technology of the UIDAI cannot be seen in isolation without the law and policy aspects of it. A clearer understanding of the technology will subsequently lead to an enhanced effectiveness of the policy framework for this scheme that is being designed to proliferate e-governance schemes and further the government’s Digital India initiative.

 Therefore,, in collaboration with iSPIRT (Indian Software Product Industry Round Table) is organizing a discussion, through which we aim to delve deeper into the technical features, which serve as a backbone for the entire Aadhaar system and the legal and policy challenges surrounding it. This discussion is an effort to bring divergent and diverse views on the technical sufficiency, capability, and security of Aadhaar in one forum and to conduct a dialogue that will provide the relevant knowledge to the stakeholders, to discuss the scheme and its interconnected elements of law, technology, and policy.

The discussion will take place on September 5, 2016 at India International Center, New Delhi from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. To facilitate open exchange of ideas, the discussion will be held under the Chatham House Rule. If you wish to participate, please write to


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