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February 13, 2012 64 Stan.
Internet of things
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The Danish Board of Technology , the Rathenau Institute from the Netherlands and ITAS from Germany will take part in a STOA project about the security of eGovernment systems. The world is becoming increasingly digitalized, and this presents opportunities for everyone – including governments.
Police and the criminal justice system are making increasing use of various types of technology, from surveillance cameras, DNA profiles and biometric information to wire-tapping and information storage in various databases.
Your facial features, your fingerprints and the sound of your voice: all are unique to you. National and European governments are increasingly using these unique characteristics for the purposes of identification and to decide whether you are to be permitted to cross the borders. There are iris scanners, body scanners, DNA tests, speech recognition technology, all linked to personal information held in huge databases.
When we venture outdoors into the 'public domain', we are increasingly surrounded by modern technology. Cameras watch our every move in the interests of safety and security, sensors track our movements by car or by public transport, and automatic doors control access to various buildings and amenities. Armed with our mobile phones and a clutch of pass cards, we can prove who we are, that we are entitled to be where we are, and that we have paid for the privilege of being there.
Today's youth are the first generation for whom digital applications are a fact of life.