Mistaken Identity

Specimen of New ID

Last week the blogmaster received an email from a lawyer which had the Barbados Identity Management Act attached. The comment by the lawyer sharing the Act, not Bill, was that the legislation raises concerns that should trouble Barbadians. The fact that it sailed through parliament without the public being aware should expose the shortcomings of our governance model as well as the media and other actors in civil society (including the blogmaster). Regrettably the average Barbadian these days is concerned with other matters and lawmakers take advantage. The few independents in the Upper House can do so much. A pity we never observe the same appetite from lawmakers when integrity laws are being debated.

In a related matter, the issue of the day is the decision by the government to replace the national ID card (NID) with a digital version. All agree the old NID needs to be replaced, the Stuart government tried and unsurprisingly failed to execute after frittering hundreds of thousands of tax dollars. 

See Barbados Identity Management Act.

The blogmaster has been keenly following public commentary on the new ID matter, on one hand government must be complimented for wanting to integrate the best technology to unlock maximum benefits for all stakeholders. The flip side is government has not earned the support from some members of the public how the project is being rolled out. High among concerns is the vulnerability of government’s IT system AND the type of information/services the new ID card will access. The chip on the card offers a secure way to protect information but what about at the backend? It is no secret government agencies are routinely impacted by cyber security breaches. Some will argue this is the reality of this modern world and we have to get on with it.

In 2018 when a representative from Estonia met with the then minister of foreign affairs Maxine Mcclean there was optimism from the blogmaster Barbados had access to a good resource. Estonia is regarded as a best in class model for the e-government platform introduced since 2005. The success of Estonia’s e-government program demonstrates what can be achieved but it must be done well. 

As usual Barbados has found itself bogged down in the politics of the matter which now threatens the benefits to the country of rolling out a digital ID. We will always have naysayers, doomsday analysts and the cynical- the reality is that there is nothing inherently wrong with rolling out a digital ID, other countries are converting manual based systems to digital, however, given the threats lurking in the cyber world and the balance we have to maintain to respect and protect personal identifiable information, the government and key stakeholders must ensure we efficiently implement, something we have struggled to do with uncomplicated projects.

See relevant article – Digital ID: The opportunities and the risks

148 thoughts on “Mistaken Identity

  1. Wargeneral on March 5, 2023 at 2:27 PM said:
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    @ John
    You Know well that the aging and declining population problem is on that is faced by a number of countries countries in East Asia (South Korea and Japan) and Europe. This existence of this challenge does not mean that you do not strive for the best outcomes in education and efficiency while you find solution to the demographic problem. You have to walk and chew gum.


    So there should be a pattern to follow!!

    Hey presto!!

    This will help you.

  2. Waru
    Since it was discovered that Adrian Greene is not now the person we’ve known there’s absolutely no interest here in anything he has to say. For us it’s better off dead than to be a party political sellout. A real hypocrite, as one tried to label us. Certainly, Hippocrates bears no etymological relationship, thankfully. It was William Skinner, estimating that this writer had not seen him since a few decades ago, who must be credited for recognizing the error of an earlier interest in his thinking.

  3. All that will happen to the Barbados population (or any like population) barring some intervention is that it will fall to a level where the birth rate is 2.1 per woman.

    So if we have 140K women at the moment and the birth rate is 1.63, then the population which can be sustained is 1.63/2.1 X 140K X2 ~ 112KX2 =224K.

    It will get there by attrition.

  4. “For us it’s better off dead than to be a party political sellout.”

    Sad how people reduced themselves to basically nothing within a political system that literally destroyed their ancestors and are comfortable within it, says more about them than the devisers.

    Now i will keep eyes peeled for the dummy exploiters who believe situations like mine belong to them to do as they like to see what they can get out of it….i am ready, willing and able to make a prime example…..my only goal for the balance of this year….so let them come..

  5. But Waru
    Greene is not alone. There seems to have been a growing cottage industry in the party political sellout. Everywhere you look you’ll see them. Though Greene was a surprise to us in this dead-endedness.

  6. “Greene is not alone.”

    Look who pushes the poison…once you enter that orbit…your mind is gone. We have to protect the younger generation…as much as we can….a good example of the mind destruction was Koochie Koo…i saw that one coming years ago…they really did a number on him…

    That parliament and the takataka in it are the problem…

  7. A dude in UK was so angry today he was spluttering on the radio..he cannot believe the fowl/imp/pimp/Slave mentality..in Barbados…i thought he was going to get a heart attack…he was so outraged..

    …a hardback fowl like Patrick jumping from one side of the paling to the other when not straddling it…..last week he was exposing the Digital ID cockup…this week he is singing the praises of the corrupt…that is what they ALL devolved into….NOTHING…

    I beg them stay far away from me….cause no one wants to feel my wrath…they are all too dangerous.

  8. As the French are being expelled from their 14 Afrikan “colonies”

    As the Global South is in a state of a generalized revolution.

    As all the colonial prowers are in retreat.

    As the Arab invaders in Tunisia and Morocco, elsewhere, seek refuge in racism with Islamic characteristics. These too will follow the French.

    The backward, ass-licking, ultra-conservators of Whiteness in Caricom harken unto the ways of their masters with even more willingness to be slaves. Bajans are particularly renowned for such an excellence.

  9. “The backward, ass-licking, ultra-conservators of Whiteness in Caricom harken unto the ways of their masters with even more willingness to be slaves. Bajans are particularly renowned for such an excellence.”

    Their backwardness put them where they now are…more than half the billions that so dazzled their eyes in the reparations top secret files…through envy and covetousness…..wiped out with just one ban…….let them tell you just how much they lost since they are sharing and spreading information everywhere that dont belong to them, never did, in their frenzy…information they held on tightly to for over 60 years…..just one person shut that down….one ban..

    Someone have to pay for what they did and who better than these wicked selfish selfhating clowns who did it.

    What the BU crew and others should focus on now is if they did this to my family and I for so long WHAT ARE THEY HIDING FROM YOU….bet ya that would not even enter bird brains…still too ficused on me…

    Pacha…funny enuff people were dropping warnings to me for years and years, but in parables too afraid to talk, ya know how they do it here so i had no clue what they were saying or talking about…just filed it away for future reference….

  10. John on March 5, 2023 at 5:39 PM said:
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    All that will happen to the Barbados population (or any like population) barring some intervention is that it will fall to a level where the birth rate is 2.1 per woman.

    So if we have 140K women at the moment and the birth rate is 1.63, then the population which can be sustained is 1.63/2.1 X 140K X2 ~ 112KX2 =224K.

    It will get there by attrition.


    Too simplistic a treatment on second thoughts.

    140K women do not produce a birthrate of 1.63.

    It is the women in the sector of the population that are of child bearing age.

    Let’s try birth rate vs death rate.

    “The current birth rate for Barbados in 2023 is 10.558 births per 1000 people, a 0.26% decline from 2022. The birth rate for Barbados in 2022 was 10.585 births per 1000 people, a 0.25% decline from 2021. The birth rate for Barbados in 2021 was 10.612 births per 1000 people, a 0.25% decline from 2020.”

    “The death rate in Barbados saw no significant changes in 2020 in comparison to the previous year 2019 and remained at around 8.97 deaths per 1,000 inhabitants. The crude death rate refers to the number of deaths in a given year, expressed per 1,000 population.”

    What’s happening with the death rate in Barbados. It’s rising. Life expectancy peaked in the 1990’s.

    Once the death rate surpasses the birth rate which can only fall the population size will begin to shrink.

  11. “Once the death rate surpasses the birth rate which can only fall the population size will begin to shrink.”

    Already ongoing Johnny, Ma Boy..

  12. Watu
    No! We’re looking for signs that they have – It has “resonated”

    But all we can find is the doubling down on the familiar.

    As such, we see the industrial begging. We see a national laziness which says that we’re a nation of wards unable to do much else but borrow and beg. Is this Barrow’s mirror image? Or is this a mistaken identity?

    If there’re any signs of life we’ll be happy to apologize. We’ve watched the Motley crew as implored to …………… and so signs of life or an afterlife when the unavoidably comes.

    Thinkers are now putting a date certain when the shiite really hits the fan. And it’s not toooo long now.

  13. The vast majority of the population will not accept digital ID willingly.

    They have to be forced to do so by making their lives incredibly difficult without it.

  14. @ Hants
    The ‘explanation’ given on brass tacks today for dropping the Soca monarch has to be the most incoherent, illogical, nonsense delivered so far for the year on national radio.
    The lady’s objective apparently, was to sound like her ‘Auntie’ – and to talk long and smugly, while avoiding the pointed questions that were raised.

    It is becoming CLEARER to Bushie – why EVERYTHING ’bout here is turning into jobby…
    …not that this will be a problem for the brass bowls among us, since the need for topsies will no doubt surge.

    • Development and destruction
      “We cannot build [Guyana] in a straight-line way . . . We are too far behind to believe that we can catch up on the straight line. We have to skip the hurdles, get to the best and then work backward in bringing our people to accept the best and that is what we are doing” – Guyanese President, Irfaan Ali, is here speaking about the plans to consolidate all transactions, including banking, social benefits, identification, licensing, and taxes, onto one electronic card.
      President Ali says that the electronic platform will “support conducting business, bringing efficiency, reducing the cost of doing business, improving transparency, accountability, and advancing a modern governance architecture”. This digital ID system will be rolled out in the name of development.
      The Most Honourable Anthony Mighty Gabby Carter, last week joined residents in the parish of St Joseph to protest a structure in development there. The development could block public access to Joe’s River Gully.
      The Mighty Gabby is reported to say that the site must be protected because other areas like Pelican Island and Reef Beach were “destroyed” in the name of development.
      The climate crisis which Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley has been telling the world is unequally and unfairly destructive to small island states like ours is also the result of development.
      Global warming and the effects of certain kinds of development now threaten the existence of this region and all humanity we are told. It can almost seem like, at least in
      contemporary times, development is synonymous with destruction.
      “Bring development to non-white”
      But, destruction in the name of development is not a new thing at all. The poem The White Man’s Burden, written in 1899 by Rudyard Kipling, justifies British and American imperialism on the grounds that it was necessary to bring development to the non-white world.
      All kinds of atrocities and wrongs have occurred and occur in the name of development. Traditionally the burden has been borne by the black, brown and poor of the world. So, it is understandable when some are not so gung ho about promises of development.
      President Ali seems to anticipate that the a one card system will face suspicion and resistance, but is resolved to move ahead regardless. He knows that in his nation’s race to catch up, many nationals will be left behind to catch up with the catching up.
      There is no doubt that technology has the potential to level the playing field for people who have had the burden of preparing the pitch while not receiving fair play on it. But will it really?
      Scholar Michael Kwet suggests that a form of digital colonialism is emerging, as multinational corporations tighten control at the architectural level of the digital ecosystem: software, hardware, and network connectivity.
      Homegrown experts have also warned that Barbados is digitally vulnerable for a number of reasons, one of which is that we do not control our cyberspace architecture. Another suggested reason is that the population is not
      well enough educated in cybersecurity.
      Walter Rodney wrote the book called How Europe Underdeveloped Africa. He could have called it, “How Africa was Underdeveloped In The Name Of Development”.
      Colonial development is aimed at extractive technology, its supporting infrastructure and services and a small group of colonial subjects to manage the process. In a region where around 60 per cent of students leave school without certificates, developing dependence on technological infrastructure without properly developing the population to evenly match reflects an old problem.
      But, according to Kwet, digital colonialists “have persuaded most people that society must proceed according to its own ruling class conceptions of the digital world.” The challenge has always been to create our own conceptions of the world and develop according to them.
      Adrian Green is a communications specialist. Email adriangreen14@gmail.com.

      Source: Nation

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