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Re: Nigeria launches national electronic ID cards

From: Anders Rundgren <anders.rundgren.net@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:44:39 +0200
Message-ID: <54009FE7.905@gmail.com>
To: Melvin Carvalho <melvincarvalho@gmail.com>, Web Payments <public-webpayments@w3.org>
On 2014-08-29 17:28, Melvin Carvalho wrote:
> Note: Nigeria is expected to overtake china in population by end of the century
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> MasterCard is providing the prepaid payment element and it hopes millions of Nigerians without bank accounts will now gain access to financial services.
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> "The card is not only a means of certifying your identity, but also a personal database repository and payment card, all in your pocket," President Jonathan said at the launch in the capital, Abuja.
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> "I have taken keen interest in this project, primarily because of the pervasive impact it can have on every facet of the socio-economic fabric of our dear nation," he said.
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> According to Nigeria's central bank, about 30% of the country's 167 million inhabitants have access to bank accounts, Bloomberg news agency reports.
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> "It breaks down one of the most significant barriers to financial inclusion - proof of identity," MasterCard's Daniel Monehin said in a statement.
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> The Nigerian Identity Management Commission (NIMC), which is behind the rollout, is trying to integrate several government databases including those for driving licences, voter registration, health insurance, taxes and pensions.
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> http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-28970411

A fly in the soup is that the cards do not generally work on the Internet since all countries with some self-esteem have created a national profile which of course doesn't work in any standard platform.  I have just found out that France (the origin of the smart card), probably is one of the least successful countries getting cards used on the Internet.  Neither banks or the government have rolled out smart cards for the customers/citizens!

http://www.w3.org/2012/webcrypto/webcrypto-next-workshop/

which I will attend does not (based on the position papers) seem to have a remedy either.

That is, the following is [currently] the only show in town :-)
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=978867

It won't solve the the national profile thing of course, that's the work of s.c "security experts"  :-)

Anders
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