Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

Guest Speaker: Reetika Khera on "Dissent on Aadhaar: Big data meets big brother"

Mon, February 18, 2019 | Glickman Conference Center, RLP 1.302D, UT Austin campus

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Guest Speaker: Reetika Khera on

Guest Speaker Reetika Khera, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, will speak on "Dissent on Aadhaar: Big data meets big brother."

Aadhaar, India’s unique identity system, was introduced in 2009 with the stated purpose of creating a more inclusive and efficient welfare system. Hundreds of millions of Indians were enrolled into the biometric database, with successive governments creating pressure by making it compulsory for social benefits. Even after the Supreme Court verdict in 2018, it remains a must-have for welfare. Dissent on Aadhaar argues that Aadhaar was never really about welfare. Rather, the project opens the doors to immense opportunities for government surveillance and commercial data-mining.

Reetika Khera is Associate Professor (Economics and Public Systems) at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Sponsored by: South Asia Institute, Department of Sociology

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