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Unique Identification (UID): A Primer

by Pratiksha Khanduri, Simi Chacko, 11 September 2011

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- A. UID: The Basics
- B. The Enrolment Process
- C. Benefits of UID
- D. Concerns: Biometrics, Privacy, Data security, Surveillance
- E. UID and Other Databases
- F. Similar Initiatives across the World
- Endnote
- References
- Appendix 1: Valid Identification Documents
- Appendix 2: ID Systems and Debates across the World Notes

The authors are graduate students at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU, New Delhi) and the Delhi School of Economics, respectively (contact address: uidfordummies at We thank Reetika Khera and Jean Drèze for their useful inputs and insightful comments.

UID: A Critical Primer [Full Text PDF]
by Simi Chacko and Pratiksha Khanduri
10 September 2011
41 pages