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Behind The Biometrics Boom

Biometrics After 9/11

A New Context for an Evolving Technology


The beginning of the new millennium was marred by an event that continues to define American policy and government—9/11. On September 11, 2001, 19 al-Qaeda-trained terrorists hijacked commercial jets and used them to commit the most devastating attack in America’s history, killing thousands. In the aftermath, people wondered what would help ensure that something like 9/11 never happened again. Enter biometrics, which had been confined to criminal justice applications for much of the 20th century.

This month we’ll be exploring how the American government’s reaction to the devastating attacks of 9/11 accelerated the expansion of biometrics and helped elevate the technology to the place it holds today.

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