John Kleinig

John Kleinig is Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Criminal Justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and in the PhD Programs in Philosophy and Criminal Justice, Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York. He is also Strategic Research Professor at Charles Sturt University and Professorial Fellow and Program Manager in Criminal Justice Ethics at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (Canberra, Australia). Prior to coming to John Jay College, Kleinig taught for 17 years at Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia). His early and continuing interests have been in moral, social and political philosophy, though he has also done extensive work in philosophy of education, bioethics and, more recently, criminal justice ethics. He is the author/editor of 18 books, and is currently completing four books: Patriotism (with Igor Primoratz and Simon Keller), The Problematic Virtue of Loyalty, Professional Police Practice (with P.A.J Waddington and Martin Wright), and Ends and Means in Policing.

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Global Standards for Ethical Identity Management in Contemporary Liberal Democratic States

Authored by: John Kleinig, Peter Mameli, Seumas Miller, Douglas Salane, Adina Schwartz
Publication date: December 2011
This study is principally concerned with the ethical dimensions of identity management technology – electronic surveillance, the mining of personal data, and profiling – in the context of transnational crime and global terrorism. The ethical challenge at the heart of this study is to establish an acceptable and sustainable equilibrium between two central moral values in contemporary liberal democracies, namely, security and privacy. Both values are essential to individual liberty, but they come into conflict in times when civil order is threatened, as has been the case from late in the twentieth century, with the advent of global terrorism and trans-national crime. We seek to articulate legally sustainable, politically possible, and technologically feasible, global ethical standards for identity management technology and policies in liberal democracies in the contemporary global security context. Although the standards in question are to be understood as global ethical standards potentially to be adopted not only by the United States, but also by the European Union, India, Australasia, and other contemporary liberal democratic states, we take as our primary focus the tensions that have arisen between the United States and the European Union.