Privacy, Security, Liberty: Informing the Design of EMIS

Monika Büscher, Lisa Wood, Sung-Yueh Perng, Lancaster University



This paper explores issues of security, privacy and liberty arising in relation to ICT supported emergency

management. The aim is to inform the design of emergency management information systems (EMIS) and

architectures that support emergent interoperability and assembly of emergency management systems of

systems. We show how transformations of social and material practices of privacy boundary management create

challenges, opportunities and dangers in this context. While opportunities include development of more efficient

and agile emergency management models, building on smart city concepts, dangers include surveillance, social

sorting and an erosion of civil liberties. Against this backdrop, we briefly explore human practice focused

‘privacy by design’ as a candidate design avenue.


Full paper


T. Comes, F. Fiedrich, S. Fortier, J. Geldermann and L. Yand (eds)

Proceedings of the 10th International ISCRAM Conference, Baden-Baden, Germany, 12-15 May 2013.





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