The Impact of Information Security Technologies Upon Society

Carey-Smith, Mark T. & May, Lauren J. (2006) The Impact of Information Security Technologies Upon Society. In Social Change in the 21st Century Conference 2006, 27 October 2006, Carseldine, Brisbane.


This paper's aims are concerned with the effects of information security technologies upon society in general and civil society organisations in particular. Information security mechanisms have the potential to act as enablers or disablers for the work of civil society groups. Recent increased emphasis on national security issues by state actors, particularly 'anti-terrorism' initiatives, have resulted in legislative instruments that impinge upon the civil liberties of many citizens and have the potential to restrict the free flow of information vital for civil society actors. The nascent area of cyberactivism, or hactivism, is at risk of being labelled cyberterrorism, with the accompanying change of perception from a legitimate form of electronic civil disobedience to an abhorrent crime. Biometric technology can be an invasive intrusion into citizens' privacy. Internet censorship and surveillance is widespread and increasing. These implementations of information security technology are becoming more widely deployed with profound implications for the type of societies that will result.

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ID Code: 6082
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: information security, civil society, cyberactivism, Internet activism
ISBN: 1741071291
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Change (160805)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Mark T. Carey-Smith and Lauren J. May
Deposited On: 08 Feb 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:20

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