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The IdSP team is currently on its second tasking to lead the architecture and roadmap for the next generation DOD biometric enterprise, including stakeholder engagement across DoD. 
During his role as Chief Architect of the then DHS US-VISIT, Mark Crego led the interagency task force that enabled development of the 10 print fingerprint readers at all US ports of entry, the first biometric deployment at a border in the world. 


"When people talk about digital identity like it is a real thing, they have to remember it is not. Thus, you can't create blockchain around a digital identity - you have nothing to ground it to without a proof of a relation back to the real world.


All digital identity is, is an online claimed identity with no way to prove it is real. Thus, digital identity is sometimes a real identity and sometimes the opposite. It is thus amped with the possibility of fraud, and both the public and private sectors are often victim. 


Thus, it is essential to establish real identity in a mobile or online environment quickly.

It is possible, and many vendors are attempting to answer the mail in creative ways, many including biometrics."

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"Are our borders safer today than we were 18 years ago on the morning of 9/11? "

"Tremendously so, yes. Think of it this way: about 400 million travelers come by land, air, and sea annually through our ports of entry. About 1 million immigrants come, and another 350 to 500,000 cross illegally between ports of entry. 

Prior to 9/11, those 100s of millions of annual travelers had only their passport checked, and no background check at ports of entry and minimal checks for visas. Today, biometrics are taken for all travelers for both visas and at ports of entry to verify identity. That makes nearly all travel - but for illegal travel - 400 times safer than it was on 9/11."

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"Perhaps the explanation of how crucial concealing identity was to the 9/11 hijackers in the 9/11 Final Report recommendations was the most important analytical conclusion I came to the Commission, looking back now.


The statement that policy and technology must support 'ensuring a person is who they say they are,' seemed in itself to both create a new biometric industry while changing border security forever.


To be called upon to testify so many times before Congress, and seeing ideas become law , in a place where I had made laws, and then programs that have actually improved our national security, and other nations as well - the privilege of a lifetime."

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Identity Strategy International (IdSI) was founded in March 2018, and is the nonprofit sister organization of Identity Strategy Partners (IdSP), both owned and managed by Janice Kephart. IdSI's core services is biometric enterprise assessment and architecture, strategic planning, and identity / biometric solutioning, and national system implementation and monitoring amongst interdisciplinary areas that include identity, biometrics, and any type of identity system.


We look forward to supporting the specific nexus between biometrics, identity management and ensystems to Legal Identity initiatives such as the United Nations’ Legal Identity for Everybody 2030. IdSI supported the World Banks’ 2019 international meeting on the subject. 



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