By Jim Harper
The improvement of identity expertise biometrics, id playing cards, surveillance, databases, dossiers threatens privateness, civil liberties, and comparable human pursuits. because the terrorist assaults of September eleven, 2001, calls for for id within the identify of defense have elevated. during this insightful e-book, Jim Harper takes readers within identity a strategy all people makes use of on a daily basis yet few humans have ever thought of. utilizing tales and examples from videos, tv, and vintage literature, Harper dissects id strategies and applied sciences, displaying how identity works whilst it really works and the way it fails whilst it fails. Harper exposes the parable that id can defend opposed to destiny terrorist assaults. He indicates U.S. nationwide identity card, created via Congress within the genuine identification Act, is a terrible method to safe the rustic or its electorate. a countrywide identification represents a move of energy from members to associations, and that move threatens liberty, permits identification fraud, and topics humans to undesirable surveillance. rather than a uniform, government-controlled id process, Harper demands a aggressive, responsive id and credentialing that meets the combination of customer calls for for privateness, safeguard, anonymity, and responsibility. id could be a risk-reducing method in a social procedure, Harper concludes, now not a rivet to pin people to governmental or monetary equipment.
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Extra resources for Identity Crisis: How Identification is Overused and Misunderstood
If there is a match between the ‘‘index card’’ characteristics we have seen previously and the characteristics we are observing, we have identified a person. Facts and feelings linked to that person in our memories come forth seamlessly. Anyone who has recognized the sound of a loved one’s footsteps or who has been reassured by the sound of another’s breathing can understand how we also use audible characteristics to recognize others. To varying degrees, we also use the rest of our senses— smell, touch, and probably even taste—to pick up index card characteristics.
These tangible items left tangible traces, and archeologists have studied signets and seals, revealing the use of these identifiers dating back several thousand years. At this time, commerce and communication had grown past what we might call primitive. The combination identifier/decoration/communications tool/security device/power symbol of the signet ring was an important tool for commerce and communication. It was not the last identifier that humans invented, of course. The most common something-you-have identifier in use today is the identification card.
But as the story of Odysseus shows, something-you-know identifiers are very useful and common. They are not always used to consciously ‘‘test’’ others as Penelope did with Odysseus. Rather, identification using this category of identifier is highly ingrained in human relationships and interactions. ’’ But nearly everyone, to a greater or lesser degree, observes the coherence and consistency of one another’s statements and assertions. Imagine having a police officer on foot patrol in your town or city ask you for directions to a major thoroughfare, park, or building.