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Ethical and Social Consequences of Biometric Technologies: Implementation in Engineering Curriculum

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Professional Issues in Ethics Education

Tagged Division

Engineering Ethics

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25.583.1 - 25.583.11



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Rigoberto Chinchilla Eastern Illinois University

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Rigoberto Chinchilla, PhD in Integrated Engineering, Ohio University, is an Associate Professor of Applied Engineering and Technology at Eastern Illinois University (EIU) since 2004.
His teaching and research interests include Quality design, Biometric and Computer Security and Ethics, Clean Technologies and Automation. Dr. Chinchilla has been a Fulbright Scholar and a United Nations scholar, serves in numerous departmental and university committees at EIU and has been awarded several research grants in his career. Dr. Chinchilla Publications in 2011 include

oChinchilla, Rigoberto, Harris, Harold, Facial Recognition System Screening Evaluation Methodology for Complexion Biases: Proceedings of the 2011 American Society for Engineering Education ASEE, Conference. Vancouver Canada, June 26-Jun30 2011

oChinchilla, Rigoberto, S. Guccione, J. Tillman, Wind Power Technologies in the United States: A Technical Comparison between Vertical and Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines: Journal Of Industrial Technology Volume 27, Number 1 - January 2011 through March 2011

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Ethical and Social Consequences of Biometric Technologies Ethics and TechnologyBiometrics can be defined as all the authentication techniques relying onmeasurable physiological and individual human characteristics that can beverified using computers. This paper outlines fundamental biometrictechnical concepts, biometrics drivers, security expectations and currenttechnical problems. The paper’s main objective is to discuss the potentialsocial and legal consequences of biometric massive implementations insociety. What may be the consequences when the security of ourbiometrics is compromised? How will populations with disabilities beenrolled in biometric databases when they lack the physical traits thebiometric system requires? Are minorities disadvantaged in biometricapplications? The intellectual significances of this paper are: (a) todiscuss social and ethical consequences of biometric technologies, and (b)to increase public awareness of potential violations of privacy, security,civil and human rights that may have not been fully addressed yet bylawmakers and c) To ample discuss the educational modules forengineering programs. The findings of this paper have been successfullyincorporated in courses related with engineering ethics and technologyethics at a senior level and graduate level. Results of these educational andcurriculum implementations are presented.

Chinchilla, R. (2012, June), Ethical and Social Consequences of Biometric Technologies: Implementation in Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21340

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