Identified: How They Are Getting To Know Everything About Us is a book that explores the global rise and convergence of digital identification systems.
The technologies that governments and companies use to see who we are have changed drastically over the last decade. There have been incredible advancements in things such as national identification systems, biometrics, and online identity - the very systems at the core of our government, economy, and political order. You don't usually see it in the headlines, but this has been having an enormous impact. These technological changes have quietly been reshaping the world - affecting everything from how we move across borders, to how we interact with companies, and arrange our society. They are even changing the very definition of citizenship itself.
Identified tracks the progress of these systems as they have spread and impacted the lives of people in every corner of the globe. It explores the potential for innovative reforms, assesses cyber-security risks, discusses the dangers posed to civil liberties and analyzes the new types of social contracts that will result from the widespread usage of these transformative technologies. It explores the systems of dozens of nations and features interviews with many leading global thinkers, entrepreneurs, CEOs, scientists, academics, military officials, and government leaders.
Tarun Wadhwa is a writer, researcher, and entrepreneur. His work has been published in many major media outlets, and he writes regularly for Forbes on his column, Disruption and Democracy. Check out his website to read his full biography and see some of his recent work.
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