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

conference contribution
posted on 2004-01-01, 00:00 authored by Niranjala Weerakkody
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.

History

Title of proceedings

PISTA 2004 : Proceedings of the International Conference on Politics and Information Systems: Technologies and Applications

Event

Politics and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications (2004 : Orlando, Florida)

Pagination

118 - 123

Publisher

International Institute of Informatics and Systemics IIIS

Location

Orlando, Florida, USA

Place of publication

[Orlando, Fla.]

Start date

2004-07-21

End date

2004-07-25

ISBN-13

9789806560215

ISBN-10

9806560213

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed; E Conference publication

Copyright notice

Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.

Editor/Contributor(s)

J Carrasquero, F Welsch, A Oropeza, C Mitchell, M Valimaki

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