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Safeguards in a World of Ambient Intelligence

By David Wright , Serge Gutwirth , Michael Friedewald , Elena Vildjiounaite , Yves Punie

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This book warns of the threats and vulnerabilities facing our privacy, identity, trust, security and inclusion in the rapidly approaching world of ambient intelligence (AmI). It contains realistic scenarios that demonstrate the threats of an AmI-world.

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  • ISBN13: 978-9-0481-8786-7
  • 328 Pages
  • User Level: Science
  • Publication Date: January 8, 2008
  • Available eBook Formats: PDF
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Copy the following link for free access to the first chapter of this title: http://www.springerlink.com/content/j23468h304310755/fulltext.pdf This book is a warning. It aims to warn policy-makers, industry, academia, civil society organisations, the media and the public about the threats and vulnerabilities facing our privacy, identity, trust, security and inclusion in the rapidly approaching world of ambient intelligence (AmI). In the near future, every manufactured product – our clothes, money, appliances, the paint on our walls, the carpets on our floors, our cars, everything – will be embedded with intelligence, networks of tiny sensors and actuators, which some have termed “smart dust”. The AmI world is not far off. We already have surveillance systems, biometrics, personal communicators, machine learning and more. AmI will provide personalised services – and know more about us – on a scale dwarfing anything hitherto available. In the AmI vision, ubiquitous computing, communications and interfaces converge and adapt to the user. AmI promises greater user-friendliness in an environment capable of recognising and responding to the presence of different individuals in a seamless, unobtrusive and often invisible way. While most stakeholders paint the promise of AmI in sunny colours, there is a dark side to AmI. This book aims to illustrate the threats and vulnerabilities by means of four “dark scenarios”. The authors set out a structured methodology for analysing the four scenarios, and then identify safeguards to counter the foreseen threats and vulnerabilities. They make recommendations to policy-makers and other stakeholders about what they can do to maximise the benefits from ambient intelligence and minimise the negative consequences.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword by Emile Aarts. Foreword by Gary Marx. Preface. An Executive Summary for Hasty Readers. 1. Introduction. 2. The Brave New World of Ambient Intelligence. 3. Dark Scenarios. 4. Threats and Vulnerabilities. 5. Safeguards. 6. Recommendations for Stakeholders. 7. Conclusions. 8. References. List of Contributors.

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