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Biometrics: From biometricised borders to securitising non-territorial space


This chapter argues that in the context of E-Government, biometrics are not a problem per se, but the different ways of defining them and the use made of them are a problem. Why is securitising borders using biometric tools stored by ICTs a problem? Three reasons for this are explored: (1) the definition and use of biometrics; (2) the practices of E-Government information sharing and interoperability; and (3) the nature of political controls. Making accountable and securitising access to space within and beyond territorially defined borders highlights the intangibility and elusiveness of the frontiers of new digi-spaces.