• Silas Neil Tashi
4. term, Techno-Anthropology, Master (Master Programme)
In the wake of the ‘European migration crisis’ and the arguably calamitous mismanagement by the EU Member States, the rather esoteric implementation of the Eurodac Regulation has not been without its controversies. Ranging from the publicized contentions over the Dublin Convention to the more philosophical debates concerning biopolitics, this paper seeks to further the discussion in an explorative manner from the perspective of asylum applicants in Denmark. The research herein is motivated by a theoretical undertaking combining Actor-Network Theory (ANT) with a Capability Approach (CA) which is then evaluated through a Value Sensitive Design (VSD) epistemology. In so doing, ANT is utilized to map out the inherent actors that make themselves visible in the process of associating with the issue. The CA is thereafter called upon as the method through which to raise an understanding of the values and capabilities that the asylee’s consider to be important. Finally, a Value Sensitive Design approach is utilized in an effort to embrace potential suggestions of these human values into the design process of technology. It will be argued that, in the case of Eurodac and its’ implementation in Denmark, security concerns take primacy over ethical considerations, impacting on one’s privacy, sense of autonomy, and respect for the well-being of the person seeking protection. Furthermore, and regardless of which side of the digital fence one is situated, the collection, enrolment, processing, and dissemination of asylum applicant fingerprints has wide-ranging implications for both direct and indirect stakeholders. Finally, points of intervention are suggested that are undemanding and technically feasible and which seeks to redress the imbalance.
Publication date14 Sept 2018
Number of pages109
ID: 286959014