In Uzbekistan, Big Brother controls your ears too

  How often do we hear of software innovations from Uzbekistan? Well, the time has come: REGNUM, a Russian news agency, reports (in Russian) that one of the institutes affiliated with the Uzbek Academy of Science has patented a new set of software tools for a novel person identification technique. What’s so novel about it? ...

 

 

How often do we hear of software innovations from Uzbekistan? Well, the time has come: REGNUM, a Russian news agency, reports (in Russian) that one of the institutes affiliated with the Uzbek Academy of Science has patented a new set of software tools for a novel person identification technique.

What’s so novel about it? It does the job by analyzing earlobes! The Uzbek innovators say their method is more reliable than most identification techniques based on face recognition. I could only hope that I won’t have to let Uzbek police offers inspect my earlobes next time I decide to go visit Tashkent…

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Evgeny Morozov is a fellow at the Open Society Institute and sits on the board of OSI's Information Program. He writes the Net Effect blog on ForeignPolicy.com

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