Social control cards for an uncontrolled Government

Posted by  $  Dobrien 5 months, 1 week ago to Technology
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CARACAS, Venezuela—In April 2008, former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dispatched Justice Ministry officials to visit counterparts in the Chinese technology hub of Shenzhen. Their mission, according to a member of the Venezuela delegation, was to learn the workings of China’s national identity card program.
“What we saw in China changed everything,” said the member of the Venezuelan delegation, technical advisor Anthony Daquin. His initial amazement, he said, gradually turned to fear that such a system could lead to abuses of privacy by Venezuela’s government. “They were looking to have citizen control.”

The following year, when he raised concerns with Venezuelan officials, Daquin told Reuters, he was detained, beaten and extorted by intelligence agents. They knocked several teeth out with a handgun and accused him of treasonous behavior, Daquin said, prompting him to flee the country.

Government spokespeople had no comment on Daquin’s account.

The project languished.
But 10 years after the Shenzhen trip, Venezuela is rolling out a new, smart-card ID known as the “carnet de la patria,” or “fatherland card.” The ID transmits data about cardholders to computer servers. The card is increasingly linked by the government to subsidized food, health and other social programs most Venezuelans rely on to survive.

And ZTE, whose role in the fatherland project is detailed here for the first time, is at the heart of the program.

As part of a $70 million government effort to bolster “national security,” Venezuela last year hired ZTE to build a fatherland database and create a mobile payment system for use with the card, according to contracts reviewed by Reuters.
SOURCE URL: https://www.theepochtimes.com/how-zte-helps-venezuela-create-china-style-social-control_2715582.html


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  • Posted by chad 5 months ago
    Rather than the 'Fatherland Card' here I suspect it will be the ACA card, just to ensure those who deserve medical care can get it. It is the best way to sell it to the general public.
    The ability for the government to control its people to this degree is a temptation that the governors will quickly give in to.
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  • Posted by term2 5 months ago
    We all should pay close attention to Venezuela with a series of TV episodes to show us how todays liberalism will go down. The idiot Ocasio-Cortez should go live in venezuela before she opens her mouth again.
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  • Posted by  $  Olduglycarl 5 months, 1 week ago
    If china gets 5G before we,.. they will rule 1/2 the planet.
    I am beginning to think we should abandon the internet or at least, do our most sensitive work on a computer that is not connected...they have thousands of hacking spies.
    It's a digital war folks and if we lose...we'll all be a digit on governments server, one step out of line...ZAP! like a mosquito.
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    • Posted by term2 5 months ago
      The internet is very convenient to be sure, but it means that more and more of what we do is available to the powers that be.

      Whats the big deal about 5G? Sounds just like its faster than 4G, but so what?
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      • Posted by  $  Olduglycarl 5 months ago
        If you build it, they will come. Whom ever builds it first, rules the world.
        Yes it is faster, and possibly more harmful to human health. I have heard both sides and they both sound credible...Natch! I suppose we will find out too late.

        The Fear that China will employ their 'in real time' social behavioral/punishment system on 5G is a credible concern but that doesn't mean the powers that be in the west might create the same perversion too...just look at googie and fascist book. 5G will make it 10X plus more powerful and harder to avoid because everything you buy, everything you need in your household will be connected to the 5G network...one would have to dig a hole and jump in to escape it.

        Cowardly new anti-world...
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        • Posted by term2 5 months ago
          I guess I missed why 5G is so good. I thought it was just faster than 4G, but maybe there are other characteristics that are important. The harmful to human health is interesting. Is it that it uses some different frequency?
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          • Posted by  $  Olduglycarl 5 months ago
            It is faster than 4G, more bandwith which can handle more information and can be beamed from a satellite, I think...
            China and the real time capabilities is a concern, hacking made easier?, everything electrical having two way 5G capabilities...A Big concern!

            Why the hell do you need every appliance to have this capability?...dumb you down, take away responsibility? gain a digital nanny to see to all your needs and tattle on your every move...no thanks!
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            • Posted by term2 5 months ago
              I have started to rebel from increased appliance complexity. That also means more repairs and breakdowns. Give me a mechanical light switch, and a reliable car that you can actually easily fix when it stops. My little Kia Soul is so computerized that if it just stops, I will be stranded. Hopefully thats NOT in a bad area. My old 1950 Plymouth was pretty easy to get going again, at least to a safe place.
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              • Posted by  $  Olduglycarl 5 months ago
                Exactly!...I have spent extra money on the appliances that have shit the bed since 97 and replaced them with simple stupid...it cost more but at least they will last and be repaired easily.

                My wife wants me to replace my Ranger, [220K miles] and I say, for what! at least I can fix the Ranger and I own it.
                I'm looking for Older cars, not newer.
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                • Posted by term2 5 months ago
                  One is beholden to the repair shop to fix most all issues that give you the "check engine" light. And there are so many tubes, valves, and operators all over the cars that will give that light. And when you get the light, it wont pass a smog check so you HAVE to fix it.
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