Q STUDY

Q-METHOD

Q-method explores the subjective views of people in order to gain better insights into views on a topic of choice. Its main objective is to elicit the dominant viewpoints (or discourses) regarding a specific topic at a specific moment in time.

For IMPRINTS, we used Q-method to explore the following question:

HOW SHOULD BIOMETRICS BE USED TO IDENTIFY ONESELF IN EVERYDAY LIFE?

A biometric indicator is any human physical or biological feature that can be measured and used for the purpose of automated identification. Such features can be categorised as physiological (e.g. height, weight, face, iris or retina) or behavioural (e.g. voice, signature or keystroke sequence) and are increasingly used to gain access to bank accounts, social media accounts, places of work, and so forth.

The respondents were asked to sort the statements to reflect what they think are acceptable everyday uses of biometrics. There were two sets of respondents:

  • Students (lay experts): 2 x 30 respondents. We had two groups of Home/EU and Overseas students. These are highly mobile and technology savvy populations that are in tune with current developments in technology, politics and society in general.
  • Experts in biometrics: 30 experts on biometrics drawn from the biometrics industry, think tanks, civil society organisation, privacy advocates and governmental bodies.

The Q-method IMPRINTS survey is web-based. For more information about the on-line survey please visit: http://poetqblog.blogspot.co.uk/