The latest issue of the journal Cultures & Conflits (76) has just been published. Edited by IdentiNet participants Dider Bigo and Pierre Piazza, and featuring a contribution from IdentiNet participant Ilsen About, the issue explores ‘Fichage et Listing’, and contains French-language articles on the transnational traffic in personal data, the control of mobility, and the challenges of achieving a balance between public safety and civil liberties. Abstracts (free) and articles can be accessed online via the journal website.
Posts Tagged 'Policy'
Tags: Civil Liberties, Europe, France, Migration, Policy, Privacy, Registration, Security, technology
Tags: CCTV, Civil Liberties, ID Cards, Policy, Privacy, Surveillance, Twentieth Century
The Surveillance Project, the interdisciplinary, international research initiative based in the Department of Sociology at Queen’s University under the direction of IdentiNet member David Lyon, relaunched today as the Surveillance Studies Centre. The SSC will both expand the existing research programme (in particular The New Transparency Project) and serve as a platform for new funding applications. It will also ‘advance the surveillance studies field by way of workshops, lectures and seminars, empirical work, publishing, community outreach, liaising with policy and activist groups, and student training’. For full details, see the new centre website.
Tags: Civil Liberties, Globalisation, ID Cards, Policy, Surveillance, Twentieth Century
A new website on national ID cards has been launched: http://www.identity-cards.net. The website contains a comprehensive listing of national ID cards by geographical region worldwide, as well as a list of resources on the topic. Users can also submit and update information about national ID card systems globally. The website has been developed under The New Transparency Project, and was inspired by the book Playing the Identity Card (Routledge, 2008), edited by Colin Bennett and IdentiNet member David Lyon. It is maintained and updated by a group of students and faculty from Queen’s University and the University of Victoria.
Tags: Civil Liberties, Crime, DNA Databases, Europe, Policy, Privacy, Registration, Security, Twentieth Century
The French journal Cultures & Conflits has dedicated its summer issue (number 74) to the theme of ‘Security and Data Protection’. Articles explore, amongst other things, the protection of personal data in transatlantic context, enlarging access to European databases and the EU’s strategy against organized crime, and the issue closes with an interview with Armand Mattelart conducted by IdentiNet member Didier Bigo. For further details, see the issue flyer (pdf). Articles (in French) and abstracts (In English) can be found on the journal website.
Tags: Biometrics, Civil Liberties, Globalisation, ID Cards, Identity Theft, Legal Frameworks, Policy, Privacy, Security, Surveillance, technology, Twentieth Century
The third Identity in the Information Society Workshop (IDIS10), to be held in Rome on 26-28 May 2010, has just issued its call for papers on the theme of ‘Identity and Organizations’ (public or private, local or global, formal or informal). Topics might include, but are not limited to: new identity technologies; emerging practices enabled by identification processes; changing notions of identity; information and identity risks; surveillance and privacy issues; and regulatory and legal implications. The deadline for the receipt of full papers (4,000-6,000 words) is 10 December 2009; for further information and submission guidelines visit the workshop website.
Tags: Britain, Civil Liberties, ID Cards, Policy, Registration, technology
Manchester has been named as the first UK city in which residents will be able to voluntarily acquire a government ID card. As of autumn 2009, any of the city’s permanent residents over the age of 16 in possession of a valid passport will be able to apply to the Home Office’s Identity and Passport Service for the document, which will cost £30 in the first instance. It is anticipated that the cards will be available nationwide from 2012, at a projected total cost of £5bn. For more details, see BBC News. Picture: Wikimedia Commons
Tags: Britain, Civil Liberties, Legal Frameworks, Policy, Privacy, Registration, Surveillance, technology
A new report on the ‘Database State’ has argued that many of Britain’s public sector databases are inefficient, invasive of privacy and vulnerable to legal challenge. The study was commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust and undertaken by members of the Foundation for Information Policy Research, including IdentiNet member Ross Anderson (Security Engineering, University of Cambridge). The report suggests that 11 of the 46 largest central databases are illegal under human rights or data protection laws (a further 29 are given an ‘amber light’), and makes a range of new recommendations for the collection and management of personal data and the development of government IT systems. Here’s the report and the executive summary, while Ross has also blogged some conclusions at The Guardian‘s Liberty Central. Picture: Chris Campbell/flickr (CC)
Tags: ID Cards, Policy, Registration, Security, technology
The 5th International Conference on E-Government will be held in Boston on 19-20 October 2009, and papers, panels and posters are invited on a wide range of relevant topics including identity cards, databases and electronic payments. The deadline for 300-500-word abstracts is 26 March 2009; for full details and detailed submission guidelines see the conference website. Picture: Wikimedia Commons
Tags: Britain, Civil Liberties, ID Cards, Policy, Registration, Surveillance
A Convention on Modern Liberty will be taking place in cities throughout the UK tomorrow (Saturday 28 February). Academics, lawyers, politicians and civil liberties campaigners will congregate at venues in London, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Glasgow and Manchester to hear papers and discussions exploring the human rights implications of state-led initiatives such as, inter alia, ID cards and central databases. Below, convention co-director Anthony Barnett describes the rationale for the event and the dangers of modern ‘identity management’:
Tags: Europe, ID Cards, Identity Theft, Policy, Security, technology
The 22nd Annual Conference of EEMA (The European Association for e-Identity and Security) will take place in London on 25-26 June 2009 on the regular theme of ‘European e-Identity Management’. The two day event will comprise ‘keynotes, panel discussions, roundtable sessions and focused workshops on the key challenges and strategies for effectively managing government, employee, citizen and private identities’, and will feature displays from leading identity management and security vendors. For full details see the conference website, while for an archive of past events and other related activities see the EEMA website. Picture: stock.xchng