Biometric mastercard

Cobbett, Elizabeth (2015) Biometric mastercard. In: Making Things International. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, pp. 311-327. ISBN 978-0-8166-9625-3

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The South African government has called on MasterCard credit payments systems to help it distribute welfare benefits to millions of people through biometric debit cards. Biometric authentication refers to technologies that measure and analyze human characteristics for authentication purposes. This process is underpinning biometric citizen ID, one of the most rapidly expanding fields in which the application of biometrics. This technology is being applied to innovative financial instruments, such as that developed by MasterCard for the South African market. MasterCard’s new biometric smart card makes the international as financial institutions integrate the worlds 2.5 billion unbanked into global financial networks. The body is becoming the site of authentication to access money and to credit.

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Additional Information: Elizabeth Cobbett is lecturer at the University of East Anglia. Her research explores the ways in which global finance seeks profitable opportunities within social structures. Her research centers on global financial flows within Sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular focus on South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria.
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Critical Global Politics
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2015 13:46
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 10:35

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