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Keith Breckenridge


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Keith is an Associate Professor and the Deputy Director at Wiser. He writes about the cultural and economic history of South Africa, particularly the gold mining industry, the state and the development of information systems. In the1980s he studied at Wits and Johns Hopkins and went on to complete his PhD at Northwestern in 1995. He has just completed Biometric State: the Global Politics of Identification and Surveillance in South Africa a book project that shows how the South African obsession with Francis Galton's universal fingerprint identity registration served as a 20th century incubator for the current systems of biometric citizenship being developed throughout the South. The book will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2014.

Autres publications

  • “Technological Inertia: Privacy and the failure of biometric technology in the West,” Workshop on the Social Life of Information, CSDS / SARAI, Delhi, 14 – 16 November 2013
  • “Some thoughts on neoliberalism and histories of technology,” Presidential panel, Society for the History of Technology, Annual Meeting, Portland, Maine, 12 October 2013
  • “The infrastructure of post-imperial citizenship”, Science, Technology and Society Seminar, University of Michigan, 7 October 2013

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