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Print Price: $168.00

Format:
Hardback
504 pp.
6.2" x 9.3"

ISBN-13:
9780195372472

Publication date:
March 2009

Imprint: OUP US


Lessons from the Identity Trail

Anonymity, Privacy and Identity in a Networked Society

Edited by Ian Kerr

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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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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Special Features

  • 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.
  • Competing works on these topics tend either to be from a significantly narrower perspective or directed towards a specialized audience.
  • Privacy and issues of identity are here examined through an interdisciplinary lens, informed by the results of a major research project that brought together a distinguished array of philosophers, ethicists, cognitive scientists, lawyers, cryptographers, engineers, policy analysts, government policy makers and privacy experts.