Thursday, September 22, 2005
by Russ Davis
CEO of ISL Biometrics - Tuesday, 13 July 2004.
It is probably the hottest sector in the security field today. Yet the biometrics industry, which produces human-based identification systems, is weighed down with claims and counterclaims, fallacies and myths. While some of the myths are no doubt based on an element of historical or scientific truth, some are now so out of date or inaccurate that they are almost laughable...
Monday, September 12, 2005
BITE aims to prompt research and to launch a public debate on bioethics of biometric technology. The number of biometric devices in use in Europe has jumped from 8,550 in 1996 to more than to 150,000 in 2004 and biometric industries revenues are expected to more than triple in the next two years. “Biometrics seem headed for dramatic growth in the next few years. But calm, public discussion of their benefits and drawbacks has been lamentably lacking” (The Economist, Prepare to be scanned, Monday December 8th 2003). The BITE project aims to launch such a discussion. The BITE project offers a unique combination of academic centres, industries and international organisations with the aim to help industry and researchers to confront ethical issues that arise in biometrics. The project is coordinated by Prof. Emilio Mordini, director of the Centre for Science, Society and Citizenship (Rome).
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Thursday, July 07, 2005
The media coverage today was appalling, only late in the day was there any helpful advice for people trapped in the zone.
My thoughts are with those who were actually caught up in it all. I can only offer my prayers for the people of Great Britain right now, and most especially for the victims and their families. I am a Londoner and if there is a city who can withstand this senseless and futile form of terror, it is London and its residents. Today is a sad day in London and the world at large, the future is bright. Londoners, irrespective of faith, must continue as far as is possible with their every day lives. May God help those who have been affected by the attacks and guide us all towards creating a more peaceful world.
Saturday, July 02, 2005
Friday, July 01, 2005
Leading politicians, academics and IT experts warn that this project could turn into the biggest-ever government IT disaster. Are you for or against the ID card?
More articles and discussions in this forum: http://www.thebiometrix.com/viewforum.php?f=28
63% of consumers would pay for biometrics if it provided additional security by ZDNet's ZDNet -- A survey of more than 2,000 adults, sponsored by AuthenTec, shows that 63% of consumers would pay extra to add fingerprint biometrics to their PC and notebook computers, while 71% would pay more for this feature in their cellular phones. Most consumers said they would use the technology to replace their PC and Internet passwords, [...]
Saturday, June 18, 2005
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Monday, June 06, 2005
How much do you trust your government? That's a question that all of us have to ask, perhaps the more often the better. Thomas Jefferson, one of the founders of the United States and its third President, wrote to Abigail Adams in 1787 sentences that may seem incredible to many people today:
"The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere."
One way to define a government is by whom it controls; in other words, governments serve to provide necessary services to their citizens, like roads and armies, but governments can also legally restrict your physical movements, your property, and your rights. That's why someone can sue you in civil court for money, but losing a civil suit cannot lead to your imprisonment or the loss of your civil rights. If you have the misfortune of being tried in criminal court, however, the state is your opponent, not an individual, and losing that trial can result in the loss of your freedoms of movement, property ownership, and civil rights...
Thursday, May 26, 2005
By Dave Kearns
Network World Identity Management Newsletter, 01/26/05
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
A good contribution to existing concepts relating to identity management.
Saturday, April 09, 2005
New fingerprint reader scans prints without touching skin. The world's first scanning device that reads fingerprints without touching the skin will hit the market this autumn, Mitsubishi Electric said.
The device could be used to enhance security measures at financial institutions and airports.
The new scanner uses light from a red light-emitting diode (LED) to read fingerprint patterns under the surface of the skin. Red LEDs are typically used in a wide variety of industrial uses, such as in automotive electronics or medical instruments.
Ordinary fingerprint sensors take prints using physical contact between the finger and a glass plate.
In some cases, however, such physical fingerprint readers are unable to take an accurate print when the subject's skin is rough, wrinkled or covered in perspiration.
In the new LED device, the user places a finger in the reader with the nail facing up. A light scans through the finger and analyzes the convex and concave patterns of the skin layer below the surface.
Financial institutions, eager to find ways to circumvent thefts of personal data and cash, are anxious to find devices like the Mitsubishi Electric reader to provide better identification at ATMs.
Friday, April 08, 2005
The 3rd International Workshop in Wireless Security Technologies aimed at bringing together academics and industry in an effort to further and enhance the interactions between researchers and promoters of wireless technology.
IWWST 2005 is organised by the Wireless Information Technology Research Center (WITRC), Cavendish School of Computing Science, University of Westminster, in collaboration with the British Computer Society - Wireless Information Technology Specialist Group. Keynote speakers were from HP Research Labs, Monmouth University (USA),Microsoft Research Cambridge (UK)
I presented a paper titled: "Hybrid Authentication Systems: Towards Robust User Authentication On Wireless and mobile Devices Using Biometric Technologies".
Saturday, April 02, 2005
• National Academies "Whither Biometrics?" Workshop, March 15-16, 2005, Washington, D.C.
• Biometric Technology for Human Identification (OR31), March 28-April 1, 2005, Orlando, Florida.
http://biometrics.cse.msu.edu/spie-or31.pdf• SCIA 2005, June 19-June 22, Joensuu, Finland. http://www.cs.joensuu.fi/scia05/
• ICIAP 2005, September 6-8, 2005, Cagliari, Italy.
• Biometrics Symposium 2005, September 19-21, 2005, Crystal City, VA.
• ICBA 2006, Jan 5-Jan 7 2006, Hong Kong. http://www4.comp.polyu.edu.hk/~icba/