Janice Kephart's 9/11 Final Report recommendations helped secure borders around the world and establish the biometric industry. Janice's thought leadership continues to this day.
Janice's 9/11 Commission monograph, 9/11 and Terrorist Travel, is available for sale from the author. (Please use the contact form on this site.) Her 19 Congressional testimonies (video and written) on the issues of identity, borders, and national security, and U.N. National Security Council statement, are linked for easy access in the pdf below.
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.
SMALL BUSINESS ADVOCATE
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.
Looking back now, I realize that the explanation of how crucial the concealment of an identity that could be coupled with intent, was to the 9/11 hijackers in the 9/11 Final Report recommendations, was the most important analytical conclusion I came to the Commission.
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 worldwide forever.
To be called upon to testify so many times before Congress, and seeing ideas become law, in a place where I drafted what are now federal laws passed by unanimous consent in both chambers, and then programs executed by the executive branch on separate topics, that my work on the 9/11 Commission has actually improved our national security, and other nations as well - the privilege of a lifetime.