By Jim Harper
The improvement of identity expertise biometrics, identification playing cards, surveillance, databases, dossiers threatens privateness, civil liberties, and comparable human pursuits. because the terrorist assaults of September eleven, 2001, calls for for identity within the identify of defense have elevated. during this insightful ebook, Jim Harper takes readers within identity a procedure every body 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 methods and applied sciences, exhibiting how identity works whilst it really works and the way it fails whilst it fails. Harper exposes the parable that id can guard opposed to destiny terrorist assaults. He indicates U.S. nationwide id card, created via Congress within the genuine identity Act, is a terrible strategy to safe the rustic or its voters. a countrywide identity represents a move of energy from contributors to associations, and that move threatens liberty, permits id fraud, and matters humans to undesirable surveillance. rather than a uniform, government-controlled identity procedure, Harper demands a aggressive, responsive identity and credentialing that meets the combination of customer calls for for privateness, safeguard, anonymity, and responsibility. id may be a risk-reducing procedure in a social approach, Harper concludes, no longer a rivet to pin people to governmental or monetary equipment.