1. Nandan Nilekani says Aadhaar ID system designed like a platform of innovation; plans to launch societal platform EkStep with wife

Nandan Nilekani says Aadhaar ID system designed like a platform of innovation; plans to launch societal platform EkStep with wife

The former chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India, Nandan Nilekani in his acceptance speech of the Nikkei Prize 2017 on June 4 praised the Aadhar ID system by saying that it has been designed like a platform of innovation.

By: | New Delhi | Published: June 7, 2017 1:57 PM
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The former chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India, Nandan Nilekani in his acceptance speech of the Nikkei Prize 2017 on June 4 praised the Aadhar ID system by saying that it has been designed like a platform of innovation. “The Aadhaar ID system has been designed like a platform of innovation, like the internet or GPS. Early signs are emerging of various innovative uses of the platform… This has been enabled by creating a set of layers above the JAM infrastructure, which allows presence-less and paperless applications,” he said.

Nilekani said that having worked in Infosys for almost 28 years, he had talked about the benefit of getting every Indian a unique ID and he was finally given a chance to implement that by then-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2009 by letting him lead this project. He added that there were two purposes of Aadhaar: inclusion and efficiency. Nilekani said that he believed having such a platform would have helped people who had migrated.

However, given the size and diversity of India, Nilekani said the project faced several challenges like establishing the uniqueness and to establish the scale of speed. “The project faced several challenges. The first was how we establish uniqueness… This had to be done without most people having a “root” document like a birth certificate. It was decided that the only way to do so was by biometric deduplication. This meant taking a person’s biometric (in this case, the fingerprints of both hands and the iris prints of both eyes) and comparing them to the entire set to ensure a person was not in the database twice,” he said.

“The second challenge was scale at speed. To cover a billion people, the system had to do more than one million enrollments a day. Moreover, it required at peak time more than 30,000 enrollment stations… Scale in the technology was achieved by using an internet class open source software-based architecture,” he added. Nilekani added that advanced mobile-to-mobile payment platform called UPI (Unified Payment Interface) will further boost India towards a cashless economy.

Talking about the challenges faces by developed countries, Nilekani said they can be solved in a sustainable way, by using technology wisely. He revealed his plans to start a societal platform with his wife Rohini for the same. “My wife Rohini and I are funding one such societal platform as a philanthropic initiative called EkStep to make learning opportunities widely available. Being selected for this very prestigious Nikkei Prize has reinvigorated our efforts to solve social challenges leveraging technology,” he concluded.

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    #AADHAARFAIL
    Sep 14, 2017 at 7:18 am
    1. Link #AADHAAR with everything 2. Your #AADHAAR has been deactivated til you voluntarily give DNA and pay $100 as DNA extraction fees 3. Your #AADHAAR is deactivated till voluntarily sleep with #AADHAAR mongers and satisfy them completely 4. Your #AADHAAR is deactivated till you donate eye/kidney/liver/pancreas You will not be able to refuse once you link #AADHAAR with everything else, since once #AADHAAR gets deactivated your bank, mobile, internet, property, gas, electricity access will be blocked. Stop linking #AADHAAR with anything else now, apply Fevicol in both thumbs before you are forced to give fingerprint, without bio-metrics #AADHAAR ios just a piece of paper. Jai Hind.
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      #AADHAARFAIL
      Sep 14, 2017 at 7:17 am
      Kanpur Hackers successfully bypassed both fingerprint authentication and retina scan authentication. Shove aadhaar where sun does not shine!
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        #AADHAARFAIL
        Sep 14, 2017 at 7:16 am
        Aadhaar authentication fails for half billion Indians even after updating bio-metrics. HTF do they verify mobile using fingerprint?
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          #AADHAARFAIL
          Sep 14, 2017 at 7:15 am
          AADHAAR is Trillion dollar scam to enslave billion Indians. You can throw AADHAAR in dustbin by putting Fevicol in finger before you are forced to give fingerprint. It will blind the fingerprint scanner. Jai Hind! 25 lakh families in Rajasthan are unable to withdraw ration even after seeding Aadhaar with their ration card. Aadhaar authentication does not work for half billion Indians. Aadhaar authentication does not work even after updating bio-metrics and waiting for 90 days. AADHAAR bio-metrics can be stolen, printed and used for Aadhaar pay. Aadhaar does not work for NRIs, people outside India. Aadhaar cannot be generated if a person's fingerprint matches with someone else's with 60 percentage probability. Rogue government can deactivate your Aadhaar blocking your gas, electricity, mobile, bank account. Aadhaar works for millions of illegals staying in India. Millions of duplicate Aadhaar were created by Aadhaar agents using “biometric-exception”. Aadhaar is blocking subsidies for
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            #AADHAARFAIL
            Sep 14, 2017 at 7:14 am
            When your bank account gets looted via aadhaar pay, you will call 1947, wait for 3 hours to get connected, the call center folks will simply ask you to visit aadhaar enrollment center, waiting list being 3 months, you will bribe 1000 INR and get an appointment with aadhaar enrollment center to resolve aadhaar misuse, they will ask you to email help at uidai dot gov dot in, you will send 10 emails in 10 days and then get a generic mail, asking you to specify all your details including preferred condom b , etc, you will respond with all details, you will follow up for 3 more days, then you will get a generic FINAL response, "Please lock your bio-metrics in UIDAI , Jai Hind!", after that even if you send 100 emails you will NOT get any response. You lock your bio-metrics, the criminal go to an aadhaar enrollment center and unlock your bio-metrics using stolen fingerprint and keep on looting your hard earned money.
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              ITProfessional
              Jun 7, 2017 at 2:14 pm
              I think it is a good architecture to use internet cl open source software-based architecture. However, cloud computing architecture could have been used to achieve better availability, capacity management as well as cost.
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                Ratikanta shaoo
                Jun 7, 2017 at 2:06 pm
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