Nandan Nilekani delivered the Harish C Mahindra lecture at Harvard earlier this week. Ton of fun, great attendance from Cambridge community, trying to understand the promise of the digital ecosystem of which the biometric ID, Aadhaar, is a key piece.
Here’s a report on the event:
“Being able to confirm, in a robust and unequivocal way, who a person is” is vital to governance and social inclusion, and requires the creation of unique digital identity, said Nandan Nilekani, former Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) at the South Asia Institute Annual Harish C. Mahindra Lecture on November 3, 2014.
During his tenure as chairman of UIDAI, Nilekani designed and implemented Aadhaar, a national biometric identification project wherein each Indian is issued a twelve-digit number that is unique to them.
In his lecture on Nov. 3, Nilekani discussed the personal and national benefits of Aadhaar, which he referred to as the “world’s largest social project.” His arguments in favor of the initiative gave the audience fascinating insight into the creation and structure of the world’s largest national identification system.