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Human ICT Implants: Technical, Legal and Ethical Considerations

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Edited by: Mark N. Gasson, Eleni Kosta, Diana M. Bowman

ISBN13: 9789067048699
Published: June 2012
Publisher: T.M.C. Asser Press
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Hardback
Price: £72.00

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Considered by many to be science fiction, information and communication technology (ICT) has been implanted into the human body for years. Medical human ICT implants such as cochlear implants are in common use, forming intimate links between technology and body. Such restorative devices are increasingly advanced, with some directly interacting with the brain and others near outperforming their natural counterpart.

Recently, low-tech human ICT implants have been increasingly employed in non-therapeutic contexts. Applications include VIP nightclub entry, automated payments and controlling secure access. With self-experimenters pushing boundaries and medical technology drift to non-medical application, this is clearly just the beginning. Opportunities for human enhancement through ICT implants have become very real.

Despite stakeholders calling for greater legal certainty, gaps have already emerged between the commercial reality of human ICT implants and the legal frameworks used to regulate them. It is not surprising that increasing commercialisation and growing potential has generated debate over the ethical, legal and social aspects of the technology, its products and application. And its trajectory.

The contributors to this book, all leaders in their respective fields, not only focus on the latest technological developments, but also the legal, social and ethical implications of the use and further application of these technologies.

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Information Technology Law, Medical Law
Human ICT implants: From invasive to pervasive.
Human ICT implants: From restorative application to human enhancement.
Potential application areas for RFID implants.
Restoring function: Application exemplars of medical ICT implants.
Passive human ICT implants: Risks and possible solutions.
Implantable medical devices: Privacy and security concerns.
Carrying implants and carrying risks
Human ICT implants and liability.
Implants and human rights, In particular bodily integrity.
Implanting implications: data protection challenges arising from the use of human ICT implants.
Cheating with implants: Implications of the hidden information advantage of bionic ears and eyes.
Ethical Implications of Human ICT Implants.
Pieces of ME: On identity and information communications technology implants.
The societal reality of that which was once science fiction.