When Biometrics Fail: Gender, Race, and the Technology of Identity

When Biometrics Fail: Gender, Race, and the Technology of Identity


From electronic fingerprinting to iris and retina acceptance, biometric identity structures are a multibillion greenback and a vital part of post-9/11 nationwide safeguard process. but those applied sciences frequently fail to paintings. The medical literature on their accuracy and reliability records frequent and widespread technical malfunction. Shoshana Amielle Magnet argues that those structures fail so usually because rendering our bodies in biometric code falsely assumes that people’s our bodies are an identical and that exact our bodies are good, or unchanging, through the years. through targeting the moments while biometrics fail, Magnet exhibits that the applied sciences paintings otherwise, and fail to operate extra frequently, on girls, humans of colour, and folks with disabilities. Her evaluation emphasizes the state’s use of biometrics to manage and classify susceptible and marginalized populations—including prisoners, welfare recipients, immigrants, and refugees—and to trace participants past the nation’s territorial obstacles. When Biometrics Fail is a well timed, vital contribution to considering the safety country, surveillance, id, expertise, and human rights.

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