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America IdentifiedBiometric Technology and Society$
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Lisa S. Nelson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014779

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014779.001.0001

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Trust and Confidence

Trust and Confidence

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America Identified

Lisa S. Nelson

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Trust and confidence help to build and maintain a social capital of a democracy through civic participation and engagement. Civic participation and engagement with networks, organizations, and government tend to decline in the absence of trust and confidence. Biometric identification systems can also create social capital by securing and protecting society from identity loss and security threats, but it all depends on how institutions using biometric technology value the personal information that is important to individuals and win the trust and confidence of the society. This chapter focuses on the role of trust and confidence in the societal assessment of biometric identification systems.

Keywords:   trust, confidence, social capital, civic participation, biometric identification systems

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