Lisa S. Nelson's America Identified: Biometric Technology and Society (MIT PDF

By Lisa S. Nelson

ISBN-10: 0262014777

ISBN-13: 9780262014779

The use of biometric expertise for identity has long gone from Orwellian myth to daily truth. This expertise, which verifies or acknowledges a person's id in response to physiological, anatomical, or behavioral styles (including fingerprints, retina, handwriting, and keystrokes) has been deployed for such reasons as battling welfare fraud, screening plane passengers, and deciding upon terrorists. The accompanying controversy has pitted those that compliment the technology's accuracy and potency opposed to advocates for privateness and civil liberties. In the USA Identified, Lisa Nelson investigates the advanced public responses to biometric expertise. She makes use of societal perceptions of this actual identity expertise to discover the values, ideals, and ideologies that impact public recognition of expertise. Drawing on her personal large study with concentration teams and a countrywide survey, Nelson unearths that issues of privateness, anonymity, belief and self belief in associations, and the legitimacy of paternalistic govt interventions are vitally important to clients and power clients of the expertise. She examines the lengthy historical past of presidency platforms of identity and the controversies they've got encouraged; the impression of the data expertise revolution and the occasions of September eleven, 2001; the normative worth of privateness (as against its purely felony definition); where of surveillance applied sciences in a civil society; belief in executive and mistrust within the improved position of presidency; and the stability among the necessity for presidency to behave to avoid damage and the potential probability to liberty in government's actions.

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