Thursday, December 01, 2005

Safeguards in pervasive computing

I went to the second SWAMI expert workshop in Brussels on Tuesday. This EU project "aims to identify and analyse the social, economic, legal, technological and ethical issues related to identity, privacy and security in the forecasted but not yet deployed Ambient Intelligence (AmI) environment." (AmI is also called pervasive/ubiquitous computing and relies on the deployment throughout the physical environment of sensors and tracking devices such as RFID tags).

SWAMI have produced an interesting set of four "dark scenarios" that imagine how a future AmI world could look if proper privacy and security safeguards are not put in place at an early stage. We spent the day discussing these scenarios and potential technical, legal and organisational safeguards.

The project will be producing a final set of recommendations and presenting all of this work at a conference in Brussels next March.

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