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Lessons from the Identity Trail: Anonymity, Privacy and Identity in a Networked Society [Hardcover]

Ian Kerr

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March 16 2009 0195372476 978-0195372472
During the past decade, rapid developments in information and communications technology have transformed key social, commercial and political realities. Within that same time period, working at something less than internet speed, much of the academic and policy debates arising from these new and emerging technologies have been fragmented. There have been few examples of interdisciplinary dialogue about the potential for anonymity and privacy in a networked society. Lessons from the Identity Trail fills that gap, and examines key questions about anonymity, privacy and identity in an environment that increasingly automates the collection of personal information and uses surveillance to reduce corporate and security risks. This project has been informed by the results of a multi-million dollar research project that has brought together a distinguished array of philosophers, ethicists, feminists, cognitive scientists, lawyers, cryptographers, engineers, policy analysts, government policy makers and privacy experts. Working collaboratively over a four-year period and participating in an iterative process designed to maximize the potential for interdisciplinary discussion and feedback through a series of workshops and peer review, the authors have integrated crucial public policy themes with the most recent research outcomes.

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"This volume promises to make important contributions to policy and scholarly thinking about developments in information technologies and changes in social, cultural and personal practices and values. Ian Kerr and his talented colleagues explore the intricacies of privacy, identity and anonymity applying fresh analytical approaches, revealing the limitations of several traditional concepts, and identifying new insights on these critically important issues. The editors have effectively fused a range of multidisciplinary perspectives to enrich and sharpen the analysis and intellectual contribution. This book is likely to generate more informed and nuanced dialogue among scholars, technologists, and policymakers."
--Priscilla M. Regan,George Mason University

About the Author

Ian Kerr holds a three-way appointment in the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Medicine and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Kerr teaches in the areas of moral philosophy and applied ethics, internet and ecommerce law, contract law and legal theory. He has published extensively in journals on ethical and legal aspects of digital copyright, automated electronic commerce, artificial intelligence, cybercrime, nanotechnology, internet regulation, ISP and intermediary liability, and online defamation. He is also the co-author of Managing the Law (Prentice Hall).

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rather not rate Feb. 29 2012
By Vo Blinn - Published on Amazon.com
The title popped up in search for IAM (Identity Access Management) literature.
Please, keep that in mind as that is the reviewer viewpoint.

Reviewer's subjective opinion (at the time of writing) is based solely on the
contents of ch 6 and 7, Part I - Privacy.

Foremost, this work (or, rather, a compilation) is not on information
It is a nicely worded philosophical tractate on the needs of an individual
(privacy, anonymity) in an affluent hypothetical society, presenting a gap
analysis between as-is and the ideal outlined target.

This book might serve as a good source of reasoning in discussions between
privacy and security officers.

Rating: since the reviewer viewpoint differs significantly from that of the authors,
please, disregard the rating, enforced by the host.

Among things that do not sit well with the reviewer is a lack of references to
a well established/common sources, as in case with definition of "data surveillance"
taken from Clark's "Privacy Introductions and Definitions" (2006) ==> 4.

Thank you for your time!

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