The socio-ethical considerations surrounding government mandated location-based services during emergencies: An Australian case study

Anas Aloudat, Katina Michael

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Abstract

The adoption of mobile technologies for emergency management has the capacity to save lives. In Australia in February 2009, the Victorian bushfires claimed 173 lives, the worst peace-time disaster in the nation's history. The Australian government responded swiftly to the tragedy by going to tender for mobile applications that could be used during emergencies, such as mobile alerts and location services. These applications have the ability to deliver personalized information direct to the citizen during crises, complementing traditional broadcasting mediums like television and radio. Indeed governments have a responsibility to their citizens to safeguard them against both natural and human-made hazards, and today, national security has grown to encapsulate such societal and economic securitization. However, some citizens and lobby groups have emphasized that such breakthrough technologies need to be deployed with caution as they are fraught with ethical considerations, including the potential for breaches in privacy, security, and trust.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCrisis Management
Subtitle of host publicationConcepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
PublisherIGI Global
Pages918-943
Number of pages26
Volume2-3
ISBN (Electronic)9781466647084
ISBN (Print)1466647078, 9781466647077
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 30 2013
Externally publishedYes

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National security
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Disasters
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History
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Economics
privacy
disaster
television
radio
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  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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Aloudat, A., & Michael, K. (2013). The socio-ethical considerations surrounding government mandated location-based services during emergencies: An Australian case study. In Crisis Management: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications (Vol. 2-3, pp. 918-943). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-4666-4707-7.ch045

The socio-ethical considerations surrounding government mandated location-based services during emergencies : An Australian case study. / Aloudat, Anas; Michael, Katina.

Crisis Management: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications. Vol. 2-3 IGI Global, 2013. p. 918-943.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Aloudat, Anas ; Michael, Katina. / The socio-ethical considerations surrounding government mandated location-based services during emergencies : An Australian case study. Crisis Management: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications. Vol. 2-3 IGI Global, 2013. pp. 918-943
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