[Humanist] 24.266 call for chapters: social implications

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 266.
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        Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2010 14:17:10 +0100
        From: Katina Michael <katina at uow.edu.au>
        Subject: Call for Book Chapters: New Title (Social Implications of Emerging Technologies)

Call for Chapters:
Proposals Submission Deadline: September 15, 2010

Uberveillance and the Social Implications of Microchip Implants: Emerging Technologies

Associate Professor Katina Michael and Dr M.G. Michael
University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia



Uberveillance can be defined as an omnipresent electronic surveillance facilitated by technology that makes it possible to embed surveillance devices in the human body. These embedded technologies can take the form of traditional pacemakers, radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag and transponder implants, biomems and nanotechnology devices.

Uberveillance has to do with the fundamental who (ID), where (location), and when (time) questions in an attempt to derive why (motivation), what (result), and even how (method/plan/thought). Uberveillance can be a predictive mechanism for a person’s expected behavior, traits, likes, or dislikes based on historical fact; or it can be about real-time measurement and observation; or it can be something in between.

The inherent problem with uberveillance is that facts do not always add up to truth, and predictions based on uberveillance are not always correct. Uberveillance is more than closed circuit television feeds, or cross-agency databases linked to national identity cards, or biometrics and ePassports used for international travel. Uberveillance is the sum total of all these types of surveillance and the deliberate integration of an individual’s personal data for the continuous tracking and monitoring of identity, location, and condition in real time.

In its ultimate form, uberveillance has to do with more than automatic identification technologies that we carry with us. It has to do with under-the-skin technology that is embedded in the body, such as microchip implants; it is that which cuts into the flesh – a charagma (mark). Think of it as Big Brother on the inside looking out. Like a black box embedded in the body which records and transmits specific measures. This charagma is virtually meaningless without the hybrid network architecture that supports its functionality: making the person a walking online node. We are referring here, to the lowest common denominator, the smallest unit of tracking – presently a tiny chip inside the body of a human being. This is opposed to other forms of spatial units such as satellite imagery, street views, or even cadastre blocks.

Objective of the Book
This book will aim to equip the wider community with information about the technological trajectory of RFID implants through exclusive primary interviews, case studies, literature reviews, ethnographies and frameworks supporting emerging technologies. The book will also provide professionals who are engaged in the development of emerging technologies with current and predicted social implications of human-centric technologies. In the context of innovation these findings should inform business system product/process life cycles through a feedback mechanism. The book will also be useful to professionals overseeing the evolution of the legal, policy and technology trichotomy in a given jurisdiction (e.g. the introduction of laws and regulations to stipulate the rights of individuals). The objective of the book is to develop an understanding of uberveillance (both in its emerging and ultimate forms) in a variety of application areas (medical, retail, policing etc).

Target Audience
The target audience of this book will be composed of professionals and researchers working in the field of emerging technologies, law and social policy including, e.g. information and communication sciences, administrative sciences and management, sociology, law and regulation, computer science, and information technology, policy, government, political science. Moreover, the book will provide insights and support to every day citizens who may be questioning the trajectory of micro and miniature technologies or the potential for humans to be embedded with electro-magnetic devices. Body wearable technologies are also of relevance, as they will act as complementary innovations to various forms of implants.

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document):
Associate Professor Katina Michael, Dr M.G. Michael
School of Information Systems and Technology, Faculty of Informatics
Tel.: +61 2 4221 3937 • Fax: +61 2 4221 4045   •  GSM: +61 431 201 172
E-mail: katina at uow.edu.au

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