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Afghan president launches new ID cards amid row over ethnicity

KABUL: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani launched new electronic ID cards on Thursday and faced immediate opposition in his own government towards a system that has fuelled bitter rows over ethnic politics only months before parliamentary elections are due. The much delayed “e-tezkera” system, named after the local term for identity cards, is intended to reduce fraud, streamline public administration and give a clearer picture of the population by centralizing data on one digitized card. “E-tezkera will help security in…

More than 1.1 bn ‘invisible people’ lack identification

More than 1.1 billion people worldwide officially don't exist -- going about their daily lives without proof of identity. The issue leaves a significant fraction of the global population deprived of health and education services. Among these "invisible people" -- many of whom live primarily in Africa and Asia -- more than one third are children susceptible to violence whose births have not been registered, the World Bank's "Identification for Development" (ID4D) program recently warned. The problem is particularly…

Poland to roll out mobile phone ID cards in 2018

WARSAW: Polish citizens will be able to carry around electronic versions of their ID cards on their mobile phones starting next year, Digital Minister Anna Strezynska said on Friday. "I hope that Poles, who are known in Europe for their open-mindedness regarding new technology, will be leading users" of the system, Strezynska said, as quoted by Polish news agency PAP. She spoke during a visit to the southern town of Nowy Wisnicz, one of the locations where the technology is currently being tested. Ministry spokesman…