Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging and the Challenge of Balancing Human Security with State Security

Human Security Perspectives 1 (European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (ETC), Graz, Austria) 2012 (1): 38-66

29 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2013

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Farhan Sahito

Graz University of Technology - Institute for Software Technology

Wolfgang Slany

Graz University of Technology - Institute for Software Technology

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

Recent reports reveal that violent extremists are trying to obtain insider positions that may increase the impact of any attack on critical infrastructure and could potentially endanger state services, people’s lives and even democracy. It is of utmost importance to be able to adopt extreme security measures in certain high-risk situations in order to secure critical infrastructure and thus lower the level of terrorist threats while preserving the rights of citizens. To counter these threats, our research is aiming for extreme measures to analyse and evaluate human threats related assessment methods for employee screening and evaluations using cognitive analysis technology, in particular functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). The development of fMRI has led some researchers to conclude that this technology has forensic potential and may be useful in investing personality traits, mental illness, psychopathology, racial prejudice and religious extremism. However, critics claim that this technology may present many new human rights and ethical dilemmas and could result in potentially disastrous outcomes. The main thrust of the research is to counter above concerns and harmful consequences by presenting a set of ethical and professional guidelines that will substantially reduce the risk of unethical use of this technology. The significance of this research is to ensure the limits of the state/organisation’s right to peer into an individual’s thought process with and without consent, to define the parameters of a person’s right to ensure that fMRI scans do not pose more than an appropriate threat to cognitive liberty, and the proper use of such information in civil, forensic and security settings.

Keywords: fMRI, Critical Infrastructure, Employee Screening, Human Security, State Security

Suggested Citation

Sahito, Farhan and Slany, Wolfgang, Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging and the Challenge of Balancing Human Security with State Security (2012). Human Security Perspectives 1 (European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (ETC), Graz, Austria) 2012 (1): 38-66, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2306308

Farhan Sahito (Contact Author)

Graz University of Technology - Institute for Software Technology ( email )

Institute for Software Technology
Graz University of Technology,
Graz, Styria 8100
Austria

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Wolfgang Slany

Graz University of Technology - Institute for Software Technology ( email )

Institute for Software Technology
Graz University of Technology,
Graz, Styria 8100
Austria

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