Panel: Let domestic security technology move forward

Thursday, 21 October 2004, 12:09 PM EST

Civil liberties and privacy advocacy groups often have the effect of stopping technological innovation when they protest the use of new technologies for domestic security, a technology expert at a Washington, D.C., think tank said Wednesday.

Instead of working to cut off technology research in domestic security areas such as airline passenger screening, civil liberties groups should work to ensure that government privacy safeguards are put in place, said Robert Atkinson, vice president and director of the Technology and New Economy Project at the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) , a think tank aligned with moderate Democrats.

By Grant Gross at Info World.

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