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The Open Society Paradox: Why the Twenty-First Century Calls for More Openness--Not Less
     

The Open Society Paradox: Why the Twenty-First Century Calls for More Openness--Not Less

by Dennis Bailey
 

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In his analysis of the post-Sept. 11 problem of privacy vs. security, Bailey suggests that it's the openness of American society that's made it vulnerable, and that even greater openness will help make it safer. Technology is creating a world where we may not be forced to choose between safety and freedom, he says. Rather than trying to engineer a security clampdown,

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In his analysis of the post-Sept. 11 problem of privacy vs. security, Bailey suggests that it's the openness of American society that's made it vulnerable, and that even greater openness will help make it safer. Technology is creating a world where we may not be forced to choose between safety and freedom, he says. Rather than trying to engineer a security clampdown, he argues, the development of three classes of technology—secure IDs and biometrics; surveillance technology such as facial recognition; and information analysis, or data mining—can remove the anonymity of those who intend harm while allowing average Americans and foreign visitors to go about their business. Bailey is an information technology consultant to the State Department and other organizations. The volume is distributed in the US by Books International. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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"Offers a truly original approach to our thinking about the relationship between the society and the individual in an age of rapidly expanding technological surveillance. The book opens new vistas and is thought-provoking even for those who have long inhabited the many fields of study that the book encompasses."

"Dennis Bailey’s analysis of privacy and society is comprehensive, lively, and persuasive. Whether you are a citizen concerned about freedom or a seasoned privacy advocate, buy this book. The dialogue it offers concerning liberty and technology in a post-9/11 world is important and engaging."

"A magnificent addition to the ongoing discussion about the proper balance between privacy and transparency. Bailey’s comprehensive and thoughtful review of current practices and his provocative proposals for the future are sure to stir debate. This book should be in the library of everyone concerned with civil liberties in the post-9/11 age."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781574889178
Publisher:
Potomac Books
Publication date:
10/31/2005
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Dennis Bailey is an information technology consultant whose expertise includes security and privacy issues in the public and private sectors. He currently helps the State Department manage private personnel data. He is also a participant in the Sub-Group on Identification for the Markle Foundation’s Task Force on National Security in the Information Age. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

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