The #BioCitationNeeded project
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What is this?
The Wikipedia entry Biometric Databese Law deals with the Israeli law that might soon force all citizens to submit their biometric information (2 fingerprints and a biometric facial photo) to a database. You can read more about it here.
Intuitively, one would assume Israel is the only country in the world that has such a law, but - as the saying goes -  :).
Among the propaganda being spread by the supporters of the Israeli database there are often claims that "many countries" or even "most of the modern world" have such databases. Sometimes they even name specific countries. Frequently, these errors stem from the fact that many countries have a biometric passport or some other form of biometric ID card. The crucial difference between storing the biometric information of a single person on a card and maintaining a database that would enable identification of the entire population from an arbitrary photo or fingerprint gets lost in the spin.
If you read Hebrew, some of the debate regarding the situation in "other countries" is covered here.
This little project tries to crowdsource
link-backed information regarding various issues per country. Namely, does
country X have:
- A biometric passport
- A national ID card (compulsory / non compulsory)
- A national biometric database (compulsory / non compulsory)
[if you think we should be asking other questios, feel free to comment,
but the idea is to keep it as simple as a few "does
country X have ..." questions ]
A good example for a link-backed answer for
1. is this
since it answers the question for many countries in one go.
Any link that can answer 1 or more of these 3 questions with a
it's-complicated for 1 or
more countries is welcome.
How to help
If you have a link that could add information to this project, or even correct something wrong written here, please suggest it.
The simplest way to do that is via my contact form. Remember to write how you want to be credited (name + link).
Also feel free to fork this and edit stuff yourself (either the information, or the code).
For those about to fork (we salute you):
Layout html templates (
_index.template— html template of homepage
_index-he.template— html template of Hebrew version
_country.template— html template of a country's page
citations.json— Theoretically, contains all data. Practically, partial templates are used (and reused) when there's need to write more than a single paragraph of html (easier to edit text when it's not inside a json string ;) ).
Partial templates (
_*.template) — contain html content you can import into
citations.jsonby writing a string like
"<biopass-wikipedia"(to include the template
biopass-wikipedia.template. Mustache can be used with the relevant tag and country context (e.g.
*.md— in most cases, the
*.templatefiles are generated from their corresponding
*.mdmarkdown files. For example,
biodb-wikipedia.templategets generated from
en2he.csv— a tweak to translate citation values ("Compulsory", "No", etc.) and country names to Hebrew. If you add new citation values, run
python2 makeen2he.py: it will create
en2he.csvhad, plus all additional values that were added to
citations.csv. You can then edit the csv file with
sofficeetc. and add Hebrew translations.