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Biometric Capitalism

In this lecture, Africanist Keith Breckenridge recognizes a particular mode of capitalism currently developing on the African continent: population registries based on biometric identification technologies that serve as a credit risk scoring tool for financial firms. He describes how such privatized biometric data keeping and processing transforms citizenship under the pressure of rapid demographic changes and states incapable of administering their population.

This presentation was given during the Truth Measures investigation at the Technosphere × Knowledge event at HKW, Berlin, April 15, 2016.