Privacy on the Battlefield?: Ethical Issues of Emerging Military ICTs
2011 (English)In: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference of Computer Ethics: Philosophical Enquiry: Crossing Boundaries: Ethics in Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Relations / [ed] Jeremy Mauger, Milwaukee: INSEIT , 2011, 256-268 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Privacy on the battlefield? A bizarre thought at first glance – but is it really that far-fetched? In this study we look at modern conflicts, such as the war on terror, and dig deeper into what privacy means to a soldier engaged in such a campaign. With the ever-increasing amount of technology used for troop command and control, there is less room for an individual soldier to act without being watched. An open question is how the soldiers will react to all this surveillance. It is a long established fact that excessive workplace surveillance may result in negative performance consequences for the affected employees. We believe it is fair to raise the same question about emerging technology for the modern battlefield, and to critically assess this technology from a privacy perspective. Our study does not reveal any hard evidence of ongoing privacy violations, nor of the actual significance of privacy in modern warfare. We do however provide a model for studying how soldier performance relates to the fulfillment of various needs, and examine where attributes such as privacy fit in to the equation. We also call for the research community to pick up the thread and conduct empirical studies on the matter.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Milwaukee: INSEIT , 2011. 256-268 p.
CEPE., ISSN 0261-9557
battlefield, privacy, military, ICT, C2, PET, surveillance, performance
Engineering and Technology
Research subject Militärteknik
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-1191OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-1191DiVA: diva2:422373
9th International Conference of Computer Ethics: Philosophical Enquiry (CEPE 2011), May 31st-June 3rd, 2011, Milwaukee, USA