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More than 58 million has been awarded to support state-specific programs to achieve Real ID material compliance, which involves updating state driver's license and ID card systems with extra security features. Funding was also provided for the development and testing of the verification hub, which will enable all states to verify applicant proof-of-identity documents.
Digimarc provides products and services that enable the annual production of more than 60 million personal identification documents, including two-thirds of US driver's licenses and IDs for more than 25 countries.
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80 million dollars.. I wonder if someone who loves freedom will just buy out Digimarc's contract, so DHS can go deal with some other issue that directly affects our national security. That would be, opposed to creating a situation that has the potential to criminalize those without proper federal IDs. I know many of the Free Market minded people have some kind of monetary excesses. Maybe if we pony up like 120 million collectively and say "DIGIMARC- We'll pay you NOT to do business with DHS on Real IDs," - they may just lose interest in Real ID's. I'm not sure what DHS will do if that happens. You can call your State's head of Motor Vehicles to find out how much money will be paid from your state to induct you into the New World Order's cattle-log by simply asking for the amount of money going to Digimarc. If they are not telling, get someone with a Law Degree to ask your question with an Open Records Request- the paper sodium penenthol for bureaucrats. We have ways of getting the truth.
This is about money, just like every other aspected pursuit of American "happiness". If we don't want Digimarc doing this - DHS will find some other way. They will probably outsource the work to somewhere (US Homeland Security ) for digital securities that require our social security numbers, address, your age, your gender and other cute things like your hair color, your eye color and a neat 3d profile of your face.
No wonder everyone hates us. Why are we so special? The street kids in Mumbai don't get a cool 3D face profile. What the hell is that about? Some 15 year old constructing our surveillance chips in a clean room somewhere in Southeast Asia has an exam to prep for. Why the hell are we making his life difficult with Real IDs? HAVE SOME COMPASSION!
The concern here is that Homeland Security will cut corners here and behave like any other corporatized element of our government. If it's a boring dirt job that can be done without paying an American a living wage, it will be shipped overseas and someone else will be doing it. It may be too much to ask Homeland Security to do this themselves. We do in fact know that the technologies used are being constructed and tested in fun places like Pakistan. Which may eventually mean that your SSN# , address etc will be handled by some other person in another country for Homeland Security. In a rational mind, this defeats the purpose of calling it "homeland security". More research is needed on where the inventory of your identity records will land after DHS funnels it through the DMV. If it's outside the borders of the US, what is the fundamental drive behind you having this national ID? Ask now before you surrender the keys to your identity to the DMV.