The electronic border is not the only obstacle to electronic technology.
To protect the environment and the privacy of all Australians, it’s essential we have a system that can protect the electronic frontier.
Electronic frontier Foundation founder Ian Macfarlane has developed a system to detect, track and track electronic devices on and around the borders of Australia.
The foundation believes this technology will help secure the electronic borders of the future.
“We have a number of sensors that can detect whether a device is on a border, but there is also a technology called magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that can look for electronic components, and that’s really good at detecting things like magnets, magnetic flux, and even magnetic lines, that can give you information about the physical properties of a device,” Mr Macfarrell said.
What are the dangers of electronic border fences?
Mr Macailly says many of the devices that people are currently carrying in their pockets are in fact electronic devices, such as phones, laptops, tablets and the like.
A recent report from the Australian Institute of Criminology (AICP) warned that the use of electronic devices has increased by nearly 40 per cent over the last decade, with almost 50 per cent of Australians now using a smartphone or tablet.
One of the main reasons for this increase is a rise in the use by teenagers of smartphones and other digital devices.
In the latest figures, the AICP found that mobile phones were used by 16.7 per cent and tablets by 13.9 per cent.
However, there are risks with electronic devices in the Australian border.
Dr Peter Dutton, of the Australian Research Council’s International Research Centre on Cybercrime, warns against relying too much on the number of incidents reported by Customs.
He says electronic devices that can be used as weapons are often found in the same areas of the country as electronic weapons, and there is no guarantee of how a device will be detected by a border officer.
There is also the issue of the border being a “non-existent place to be” where people have no physical presence.
“[A border officer] has no idea where you are and they don’t have any idea of your physical presence,” Dr Dutton said.
“The fact is, when you go through a checkpoint, the checkpoint is not a place to stay or a place where you can go and be secure.”