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Comparison of Australian and Malaysian views on the use of biometric devices in everyday situations

Weerakkody, Niranjala 2005, Comparison of Australian and Malaysian views on the use of biometric devices in everyday situations, in Learning Conference 2005 : Designs for learning, [Common Ground], [Granada, Spain].

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Title Comparison of Australian and Malaysian views on the use of biometric devices in everyday situations
Author(s) Weerakkody, Niranjala
Conference name International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning (12th: 2006 : Granada, Spain)
Conference location Granada, Spain
Conference dates 11 - 14 July 2005
Title of proceedings Learning Conference 2005 : Designs for learning
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2005
Conference series International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning
Publisher [Common Ground]
Place of publication [Granada, Spain]
Keyword(s) biometric devices
biometric identifiers
panopticon
electronic surveillance
new technologies and privacy
Malaysia
Australia
Summary Since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City, many countries including Australia and Malaysia have been able to justify the use biometric devices such as fingerprint scans, retina scans and facial recognition for identification and surveillance of its citizens and others in the name of national security. In addition, biometric devices are increasingly being used worldwide by organizations to keep track of their employees and their productivity, leading to concerns of privacy and civil rights violations. Taking the critical theory perspective, this paper will analyse the data collected and report on the findings of a survey carried out in Australia and Malaysia, with respect to the responses provided and opinions expressed to the survey's open ended and other questions by individuals as to their current use, experiences, preferences, concerns about the devices and the situations in which they think biometric devices should be used, including in their workplaces. This descriptive study uses both quantitative and qualitative data to examine what Australians and Malaysians think about the use of biometric devices in everyday situations and compare them as to their similarities and differences within the context of each nation's culture and political systems. The paper will then critically examine the ethical and civil rights issues involved in the use of biometric devices in everyday life and what regulatory and legal measures should be taken to safeguard the rights of citizens while maintaining security and productivity, in order to avoid the situation of Michel Foucault's Panopticon becoming an unpleasant everyday reality, which could negatively influence social justice and create social change due to its effects on individuals in two multicultural societies. the apper will argue about the need to educate the general public as to the issues of surveillance and privacy involved in the use of biometric devices in everyday situations.
Notes Conference paper published in International journal of Leaning, Vol. 12 no. 6 2005/6 p. 63-71.
Language eng
Field of Research 220104 Human Rights and Justice Issues
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30018438

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