April 20

Viewpoint: Can Big Data Fight a Pandemic?

By K. Sudhir

Is Aadhaar, the nationwide biometric identity system in India, helping in the fight against COVID-19 there?

One of the primary use cases for Aadhaar is the delivery of public subsidies with speed and efficiency without leakage through intermediaries. In the battle against COVID-19 in India, one of the most important tools the government has against stockpiling, food shortages, and hunger due to poverty is a robust food subsidy and monetary subsidy. It is absolutely critical to now deliver these subsidies with speed and efficiency, and Aadhaar is therefore an important tool in this fight.

Photo courtesy of Biswarup Ganguly.

Source: Yale Insights (link opens in a new window)

Coronavirus, Technology
digital identity, digital inclusion