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Stephen Downes

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This is note directly an edtech story but it has obvious implications in the edtech space. As documented here, "Previously unreported documents suggest age assurance technology has not been successfully implemented anywhere in the world." Now I've gone through verification processes several times - once to get a Twitter blue check back when it mattered, once to open a blockchain account, for example, and another to register at a contact-less Sonder hotel. I never felt confortable with it and was quite aware of the potential for abuse. There's no third-party solution that can be trusted not to misue the data - and that applies especially to the financial sector (even though governments have started using banks to verify ID and many other services require a credit card check).

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