Kenyans are a scared lot when it comes to government projects that portend to personal tracking and the sensitive issue of user privacy, fueled by the very public citizen lash back in America and Europe following allegations of NSA snooping and project PRISM.
I have on a number of occasions opined that the issue of privacy is overrated and any times misunderstood and taken out of context. At a recent workshop organized by the ICT Authority to update on the progress of the public key infrastructure project, consumer concerns on privacy came to the fore at the mention of the push toward one digital and unique identifier.
PKI as simplified by Wikipedia is “a system for the creation, storage, and distribution of digital certificates which are used to verify that a particular public key belongs to a certain entity. The PKI creates digital certificates which map public keys to entities, securely stores these certificates in a central repository and revokes them if needed.”