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A preliminary examination of public opinion in Australia on the use of biometric devices or identifiers in everyday life

Weerakkody, Niranjala 2004, A preliminary examination of public opinion in Australia on the use of biometric devices or identifiers in everyday life, in PISTA 2004 : Proceedings of the International Conference on Politics and Information Systems: Technologies and Applications, International Institute of Informatics and Systemics IIIS, [Orlando, Fla.], pp. 118-123.

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Title A preliminary examination of public opinion in Australia on the use of biometric devices or identifiers in everyday life
Author(s) Weerakkody, Niranjala
Conference name Politics and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications (2004 : Orlando, Florida)
Conference location Orlando, Florida, USA
Conference dates 21-25 July 2004
Title of proceedings PISTA 2004 : Proceedings of the International Conference on Politics and Information Systems: Technologies and Applications
Editor(s) Carrasquero, Jose Vincente
Welsch, Friedrich
Oropeza, Angel
Mitchell, Charles
Valimaki, Maritta
Publication date 2004
Start page 118
End page 123
Publisher International Institute of Informatics and Systemics IIIS
Place of publication [Orlando, Fla.]
Keyword(s) biometric devices
biometric identifiers
surveillance societies
adoption of a new communication technology in Australia
biometric devices and privacy
surveillance technologies
Summary Since the September 11,2001 terrorist attacks in New York City, many countries including Australia have been able to justify the use of biometric devices for identification and surveillance of their own citizens and others in the name of national security.

This paper reports on the preliminary findings of a survey that examined Australians' views and experiences with the use of biometric devices in everyday situations in the context of their potential to serve as a 'Panopticon' to keep the nation's citizenry under surveillance. It discusses the adoption of the new communication technology from the point of view of the Justification model that sees technology choice as social
gambling and the pluralist view of technology that sees technology as neutral in itself but as having negative or positive effects on society based on how It is used.

The paper proposes the need for Australian society to balance citizens' right to privacy and civil liberties with the right to stay alive and safe from terrorism and how it may be done with the necessary legal and regulator)' safeguards.
ISBN 9806560213
9789806560215
Language eng
Field of Research 200102 Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30005462

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