Electronic passport expert available for interviews

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David Ruth
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 Electronic passport expert available for interviews

HOUSTON – (March 9, 2014) – Chris Bronk, Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy fellow in information technology, is available to comment on the passport fraud discovered after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

When e-passport technology was introduced into international travel documents nearly a decade ago,  Bronk studied the potential weaknesses in passport security.

Bronk’s paper, “Innovation by Policy: A Study of the Electronic Passport (2007),” provides background on anti-fraud measures found in passports today and is available at http://scholarship.rice.edu/handle/1911/20481.

A current New York Times story, “Passport Theft Adds to Mystery of Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet,” is available here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/10/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-flight.html?_r=0.

Bronk is available for interviews this weekend; contact him directly at rcbronk@rice.edu.

Rice University’s Baker Institute HDTV and ISDN-equipped studio is available for national broadcast interviews.

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Christopher Bronk biography: http://bakerinstitute.org/experts/christopher-bronk/

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About David Ruth

David Ruth is director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.