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New technologies are solving common denominator problems, so of course they are also applicable in developing countries.  awarenet's picture login [1] is a fairly low security but effective way of allowing school children with low levels of literacy to log in and use the csocial network. The aim of awarenet is to stimulate literacy in ways that the children are already eager to learn.

One of the prime barriers we found that was preventing children from effectively using trainer time, is the simple old login. Trainers spent significant amounts of time just getting kids that had forgotten their logins, onto the system. The picture login had the problem that without a complex seeding algorithm to provide more variety in the system, its 100 pictograms were just not diverse enough to provide high levels of security, even when strung together in groups of 5 or 6 images.

Enter the possibility of facial recognition login. Since Samsung introduced face login for its Galaxy phone [2] this technology has become main stream, which means key stakeholders may be familiar with it. Further, with rising numbers of cameras present in systems, especially tablets, it is a small step to add facial recognition to login capabilities there. Finally, using tablets in classrooms is fast becoming reality with the eKhaya ICT already developing an array of content and networking technologies for this field.  This all means that we are a small step away from adding face login to the array of personal protection in ICT4D projects. 

node.js is an ideal technology for the creation of such a solution. An example of a simple free software solution is Charles Wang's Masters project [3]. Affordable, fast  secure solutions promise that rural students can in future keep their private information secure, simply. That classes can effectively engage in learning what they need to without the hassle of the hard login lesson.

We know that such demonstrations are not perfect and indeed, the Galaxy phone is outsmarted by a mere photograph. Hold up a photograph of the owner and you are logged in. But even here researchers are already plotting the way with video feeds, rigging and pose reconstruction - simple technical tools to overcome the "photograph login trick". eKhaya ICT is actively looking at these technologies and making them available widely through awarenet.org open source.

This is another reason why we are staying close to new technologies such as node.js, while not completely throwing out established solution platforms such as our awarenet LAMP backend.

[1] VSA presents awarenet with new features at SciFest 2014 “Into Space”
[2] http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2013/11/09/fingerprint-facial-recognition-smartphones/3444771/
[3] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aLeMc8cyBU


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