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America Identified: Biometric Technology and Society

Lisa S. Nelson


The use of biometric technology for identification has gone from Orwellian fantasy to everyday reality. This technology, which verifies or recognizes a person's identity based on physiological, anatomical, or behavioral patterns (including fingerprints, retina, handwriting, and keystrokes) has been deployed for such purposes as combating welfare fraud, screening airplane passengers, and identifying terrorists. The accompanying controversy has pitted those who praise the technology's accuracy and efficiency against advocates for privacy and civil liberties. This book investigates the complex pu ... More

Keywords: welfare fraud, passenger screening, identifying terrorists, privacy, civil liberties, public acceptance, anonymity, institutions, paternalistic government, information technology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780262014779
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014779.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lisa S. Nelson, author