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Datamining the NSA

An inquiry into the strategies, methods and actors of the "Biometrics Consortium", an NSA led incubator project in the field of biometrics. First results are online, more will be published subsequently.


Working Drafts, Part1

For more information pls contact biometrics at quintessenz.org


Data sources

  • Biometrics Consortium List Archive 1994-2004 [ca 60 MB text]. Containing postings of about 2500 different persons from US military and government agencies, worldwide biometrics business people, scientists, lobbyists etc.
  • One GB presentations and speakers biographies from various biometrics-related conference events. Roughly the same amount of data from international biometrics standardization groups [ISO/IEC, ICAO MRTD]
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Datamining the NSA

A short introduction to the "Biometric Consortium" - a NSA led incubator project started at the North Carolina Supercomputing Center in 1992

Beginnings of the Mailing_list in the year 1994, main players involved. State of the NSA at that time and the main incentives to appear for the first time in semi-public. List of original .mil posters, major changes of list policies in 1997. Founder Joseph P.Campbell and other NSA wits from the NCSC.

How Henry J. Boitel, current moderator of the BC-List appeared out of the box on Sept. 12 2001. The astonishing weekly news output of a single man.

The FBI, Homeland Security and the Army and the NSA. Which agency wants what kind of biometrics as a standard? The role of the biometrics industry in NOT finding a universal biometrics identification standard.

The key role of SAGEM Morpho in the modernization of the FBI's fingerprint database in the years until 2003. How SAGEM Morpho drew off the main share of the world's biometrics market in 2004 and was kicked in the butt in retaliation.

Why the main goal of the NSA's effort, a universal biometric ID-standard could not be achieved. From the "Biometrics Consortium" to the NSA's "SELinux" Project

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Working Drafts, Part1



Page1: History

Page2: MIL subscribers

Page3: GOV subscribers

Working Drafts, Part2



work in progress, more to come soon.
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Links

  • The BC's 2004 conference with an interesting list of sponsors http://www.biometrics.org/bc2004/
  • List of all BC's and other biometrics events http://www.biometrics.org/html/pastevents.html
  • The North Carolina Super Computing Center http://www.ncsc.org/
  • The National Biometric Security Center http://www.nationalbiometric.org/nbsp.html#about
  • The National Biometric Test Center - now an Archive http://www.engr.sjsu.edu/biometrics/
  • The BioAPI Consortium, founded to develop a biometric Application Programming Interface. http://www.bioapi.org/
  • Department of Defense biometrics management office and fusion center http://www.biometrics.dod.mil/
  • INCITS M1 Working group on biometrics http://www.ncits.org/tc_home/m1htm/docs/m1docreg.htm
  • The ISO committe on biometrics JTC 1 Workgroup 37 [insert "biometric" to get the full list of documents] http://www.jtc1.org/navigation.asp?...SC+37
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    Working Drafts, Part1



    Page1: History

    Page2: MIL subscribers

    Page3: GOV subscribers

    Working Drafts, Part2



    work in progress, more to come soon.
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