Dare to be different

Ajith P. Perera, Chief Organiser, Bandaragama, UNP – අධිනීතිඥ අජිත් පී. පෙරේරා, ප්‍රධාන සංවිධායක, බණ්ඩාරගම, එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂය

www.citizens.lk: Government wants two nude photos of every citizen for security purposes

Posted by Ajith on January 10, 2009

Big Brother's face looms from giant telescreens in Victory Square in Michael Radford's 1984 film adaptation of George Orwell's Nineteen-Eighty Four.

Big Brother's face looms from giant telescreens in Victory Square in Michael Radford's 1984 film adaptation of George Orwell's Nineteen-Eighty Four.

The confusing SMS received today from nowhere requesting registration at http://www.citizens.lk was first taken as a hoax or joke by many. (Interestingly, the text I received misspelled the URL as http://www.citizen.lk. There is no such site.) The approach was so atypical for government of Sri Lanka. Our brown sahibs were never known for announcing e-government services by SMS. A quick check at Sri Lanka domain registry http://www.nic.lk verifies the URL is indeed registered to Ministry of Defence, Public Security, Law & Order. Will anyone risk playing a hoax at that level?

The site, unfortunately, further confuses a visitor. It makes one think more along the hoax idea. There is no logo; no photo; no link to the official site of Ministry of Defence (or any other government site, for that matter); no telephone number; no email – well, the list is long.

Do not take it personal guys, but http://www.citizens.lk is the most stupid site I have seen. Defence.lk is not always known to expressing the truth, but at least its design is decent. Compared to that, this looks as if designed by the same guys who did hedging deal. An online discussion has already begun to talk about its security loopholes.

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Assuming this is genuine (I am still not sure) it raises so many questions.

Does government expect all citizens to register through Internet? Does the Defence Ministry babus are so stupid to assume that every citizen has Internet access or knows English? (There is only an English version) What guarantee the government has that everyone enters right information? Cannot somebody enter false information under the name of an ex-lover from a cyber café? How government knows that everyone has completed the process?

The type of the information expected include the ‘Date of Arrival’ and ‘Expected date of Departure’. Well, filling the first is cool. It is the birthday for most of us. How the hell we know the ‘Expected Date of Departure?’ Are we soothsayers? I am sure astrologers will have good business. Predicting the death of 19 million is no small task.

Then, the most important question.

The government already has all this information in multiple places. Ask Grama Niladharis or Election Commissioner. They know all about us. Why does the Defence Ministry need them again? Isn’t it simpler to obtain it from Grama Niladharis?

Further, the government is already is in the process of building a Population Registry under the World Bank funded e-SriLanka program. It takes time because it is complex. Computerising the information of 19 million is not easy. If somebody thinks setting up a web site – that too only in English – can achieve it, we have a big problem there, guys. Just imagine the trouble we had registering 10 million or so mobile phones.

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Anyway forget Orwellian possibilities (1984 and BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU!) Big Brother has to be smart. These idiots cannot play Big Brother even if they want to. All they will have is an incomplete database with unverifiable information. What can anyone do with that?

About the nude photos? – Well forget it. I added it to make news more sensational. (Naughty me!)  At least they are not up to that – not yet. Still it is a possibility. As long as we have enough gullibles who would do hesitate to drop their pants upon hearing the words ‘National Security’, I will not be surprised if government actually asks for them.

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50 Responses to “www.citizens.lk: Government wants two nude photos of every citizen for security purposes”

  1. Sajith said

    another money wasting idea

    big joke

    – Sajith

  2. Duminda said

    This is rubish…
    and you people wont win any election at all…
    Sri Lankans are not fools to make you syupids as MPs

  3. Sannaddha said

    Although I really hate your ideas, I agree with you in this case…
    I went to that website, it was a rubbish.
    it register my name in NIC no., we cannot navigate that form through the ‘tab’key. And anyone can enter fake details,
    I can’t really understand the purpose of that site!

  4. Donald Gaminitillake said

    I used a apple and did a test registration
    Male / Female always register as male
    If some one is awaiting the NIC there is no place to enter that data
    Always ask for email address to complete
    Even domestics need an email address
    There is no method to get back to the site and do any changes
    Who ever did this site need to be educated

    No Sinhala or Tamil??? What happend to the so called unicode sinhala!!

    My case is proved Sinhala SLSI 1134 is incorrect and incomplete therefore they cannot use it in this data base.
    No UTF values for all SINHALA characters

    Sonald Gaminitillake
    I set the standard

  5. gankanda said

    it`s a gon idea. Foolish !

  6. deeps said

    wikar wadak tama..kisi gathiyak na. hra wadakda kohedda

  7. SIRA said

    make useful altenative idea to the people of the country

    do something which can build up the country AS solve the problem through political solution

    you know “everything permenant but change”

    YEAH THIS ANOTHER MONEY WASTAGE IDEA

    SIRA

  8. rajesh said

    pissu vadak hoo is care to my ditails mekanam ape bapolo rajapakshage vadakma thamai

  9. Anonymous said

    pissu wadek…

  10. UPALI WICKRAMATHILAKA said

    no web site for registration ?

  11. කුඩුලාල් said

    සෑර් එතකොට මේ අයිඩෙන්ටිටි නැති අපි වගේ එවුන් රෙජිස්ටර් කරන්නේ බි…ද?

  12. birdy said

    this is the Idea coming from idiot advisor’s who are around this buffalo mahinda…..don’t do like this bullshit,,,,if you don’t have to do any thing ,,,,,,if you don’t have any good idea’s call sugetions from the public

  13. Anonymous said

    Man… very funny but true, I couldn’t stop laughing. Idiotic idea.

  14. Anonymous said

    good idea

  15. Shantha said

    What I failed to understand is the motive of this concept and whether this is practicable? To get a nude photograph the person (even a male or female) has to go nude before a cameraman in a studio or somewhere. I never heard about any other country in this world,applying type of this wicked procedures. In ths concern, it is definite people meeting the problems like elow mentioned.

    * Exposing to others of a person’s own privacy ,
    * No gurrantee of securing privacy,
    * A danger of misusing the photos by somebody.
    All whit I have to say is, totally this is a wicked concept given by a lunatic officer or a same kind bullish advisor who advices to the relevent authorities.

  16. tharanga said

    Another “MAHINDA CHINTHANA ” Wedak

  17. Ajith said

    Shantha,
    :-) No need to panic. The nude photo part is a joke. The whole idea is a joke so I thought of adding my two cents to it.

  18. o loard[my true faa]forgive them. they don,t know what are doing. god will helps you to change your short,evil mind

  19. SL.Roy said

    Only hope that people will not be so foolish to publish all personal information on a website that is not encrypted. And I only hope these information will not all in to the hands people who are into various cyber crime.

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  21. Janaka said

    It seems only with an email you can register
    http://www.infosl.com/doyouknow/?p=86

  22. Donald Duck said

    Hi ,
    You have a very attractive tagline “dare to be different”. But are you “dare to be different”. Now you know that this is a government initiative and you see all the ugly aspects of that. Yes , some fools of UNP will try to sabotage this initiative by entering false information. But why dont you have the guts to appreciate the e-government initiative. This avoids people staying in queues to do the registration.

    By the way i saw another person trying to exploit the situation , our friend donald , he tries to sell his “standard” through this. He says that we cant use unicode in databases and we should use his “nallamale standard”. Fly a kite Mr. Duck !

    Politicians are always self centred. They do everything for their advantage. You are also acting in the spirit of the conventional opposition who bark against every thing done by government. can you “dare to be different” ?

  23. Who killed Lasantha Wickramathunga?

    The Government? The UNP? The LTTE? All possibilities are there!
    The Government could have done it to get rid of a boil in the backside.The UNP could have done it to put the blame on the Government of course. We know how they sacrificed our Military Intellegence Unit to the LTTE for a peace accord. The LTTE could have done it so that the Government would be blamed Internationally and the LTTE would be sympathized.

    So Good Luck, Sri Lankans! Blame each other and kill yourselves off. That way we will be ” Lokenma Uthum Rata Lankawai, Lankawai, Siri Lankawai”.

  24. priyantha said

    their are so much errors on this , somebody should chake this back from the authorities,

  25. The request for nude photos would amply fit for politicians in government or the opposition because we all know they have no shame or dignity. They will tell you one thing whilst in one party and completly the opposite when they change over to the other side. All politicians claim to be Bodhisatwas during election times but once in power they break all the five precepts without shame and fear. The worst two are lying and stealing.

    When will Sri Lanka become civilized? Maybe not in this “Kalpa”!

  26. Anonymous said

    Yes….. this is a good idea all the best.

  27. Pinky said

    Only hope that people will not be so foolish to publish all personal information on a website that is not encrypted. And I only hope these information will not all in to the hands people who are into various cyber crime.

    I think these people are not civilized enough. Nude photos of women, aah good for the maniacs in parliament.

  28. Our brave soldiers in the battle front and the commanders directing them should be praised and showered with compliments whenever and wherever possible. They are sacrificing their blood and guts to win this war and bring peace to this resplendent island and harmonious people.

    But some politicians are afraid that this war would be over too soon. WHY? Beacause it is their bread and butter!Who are these people? They are the ones who speaks against the war and trying every trick in the book to topple the government at this stage.They are crying crocodile tears for the soldiers whilst trying to stab the government in the back. Citizens of Sri Lanka, beware of wolves in sheep clothing!!!!!

  29. prabakaran said

    unp mallila ubala gana mata dukai.ubalatawath mawa bera ganna bari una.thawa boru kiya palla.mahindayagen rata ganna.eta passe api bedagena kamu.

  30. lanka said

    ranil,tissa,mangala,hakeem,sb,bahu,oyala lasanthakage miniya wikunan kanna epa.unp kale 88/89 watina jeewitha kiyak nathi kalada.batalanda mathakada. uthure marenne ape kollo,a ape rata wenuwen.un duppath unath saba jathika weerayo.a wenuwen eka wachanayak hari katha karapiyaw.janathawa atharata yanna ona nam,ubalata jathika hageemak nathi unata,janathawagen 99%katama jathika hageemak thiyanawa.kalakanni………..

  31. Anonymous said

    wikara wada. mewada dana kale onakaranne
    Boga

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  33. anuk said

    when i heard this news, i didn’t have any doubts because this government is Notorious for this kind of rubbish tactics. well, you cannot expect anything good from this government anyway !!!! MAHINDA CHINTHANA !!! (lol)

  34. Anonymous said

    its a very good idea and can be appreciated….

  35. Osman said

    Rajapakshe and Rajapatchaiy’s, so what can you expect?

    the Country is gone to the dogs.

    Nanda

  36. roshana said

    what the hell is that

  37. Tuffie said

    About the nude photos, is it with or without an erection? Can we enhance matters a bit using photoshop?

  38. Anne said

    Thawath saataka yugaye gonma gon vedak. Rata perata!!

  39. sampath said

    We are in midle east.so we are allso need to give 2 picture for register.what is this bullshit idea.

  40. Too Small said

    This is a small thing compared with the big sacrifices forces do for us. dont complain.

  41. Subanu said

    This is goodwork.UNP do not want to take any political advanatge from this.

  42. mahinda said

    lakbima news paper cheating people

  43. Rosan said

    3rd class wada go to hell
    minimaru anduwa korouwada

  44. I agree with this programme.

  45. shiyam said

    I believe that his matter

  46. THIS IS GOOD FOR THE GOVERNMENT ALERT.

  47. K.Lalith Jagathsiri said

    ITS A VERY GOOD IDEA AND CAN BE VERY APPRECIATED

  48. hasitha said

    ELAKIRI !

  49. Azwar said

    balamu ithing thawath monawa monawa veida kiyala.

  50. Parakkrama Kiridena said

    this must advertise and promote among the public. should be a national event. no politics in this type of projects. good idea good work. well done.

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