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Identifying Citizens ID Cards As Surveillance

ISBN-10: 0745641563
ISBN-13: 9780745641560
Edition: 2009
Authors: David Lyon
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Description: New ID card systems are proliferating around the world. These may use digitized fingerprints or photos, may be contactless, using a scanner, and above all, may rely on computerized registries of personal information. In this timely new contribution,  More...

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Book details

List price: $37.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 7/24/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

New ID card systems are proliferating around the world. These may use digitized fingerprints or photos, may be contactless, using a scanner, and above all, may rely on computerized registries of personal information. In this timely new contribution, David Lyon argues that such IDs represent a fresh phase in the long-term attempts of modern states to find stable ways of identifying citizens.New ID systems are "new" because they are high-tech. But their newness is also seen crucially in the ways that they contribute to new means of governance. The rise of e-Government and global mobility along with the aftermath of 9/11 and fears of identity theft are propelling the trend towards new ID systems. This is further lubricated by high technology companies seeking lucrative procurements, giving stakes in identification practices to agencies additional to nation-states, particularly technical and commercial ones. While the claims made for new IDs focus on security, efficiency and convenience, each proposal is also controversial. Fears of privacy-loss, limits to liberty, government control, and even of totalitarian tendencies are expressed by critics.This book takes an historical, comparative and sociological look at citizen-identification, and new ID cards in particular. It concludes that their widespread use is both likely and, without some strong safeguards, troublesome, though not necessarily for the reasons most popularly proposed. Arguing that new IDs demand new approaches to identification practices given their potential for undermining trust and contributing to social exclusion, David Lyon provides the clearest overview of this topical area to date.

Introduction
Demanding Documents
Sorting Systems
Card Cartel
Stretched Screens
Body Badges
Cyber-Citizens
Bibliography
Index

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