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

By Lisa S. Nelson

The use of biometric know-how for identity has long gone from Orwellian fable to daily fact. This expertise, which verifies or acknowledges a person's id in keeping with physiological, anatomical, or behavioral styles (including fingerprints, retina, handwriting, and keystrokes) has been deployed for such reasons as scuffling with welfare fraud, screening aircraft passengers, and selecting 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 attractiveness of expertise. Drawing on her personal vast learn with concentration teams and a countrywide survey, Nelson reveals that issues of privateness, anonymity, belief and self assurance in associations, and the legitimacy of paternalistic govt interventions are very important to clients and capability clients of the know-how. She examines the lengthy background of presidency structures of identity and the controversies they've got encouraged; the influence of the knowledge expertise revolution and the occasions of September eleven, 2001; the normative worth of privateness (as against its simply criminal definition); where of surveillance applied sciences in a civil society; belief in govt and mistrust within the elevated function of presidency; and the stability among the necessity for presidency to behave to avoid damage and the potential possibility to liberty in government's actions.

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