Emerging technologies such as digital payments and biometric ID hold great promise but also pose challenges in certain areas, including privacy and data security. CGD research brings a clear-eyed view to key questions facing technologists and development practitioners: As an emerging leader in digitalized service delivery, is India’s Andhra Pradesh a model for other states? Is there enough political to implement similar programs in other countries? How can we ensure that digital ID systems are fully inclusive? Our work on India’s biometric payments system Aadhaar asks how it is transforming a billion Indian lives, and how might the technology help other developing countries interested in expanding the digital economy.
Data Localization—a Hidden Tax on the Poor
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