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Shining light on the dark side of ambient intelligence

David Wright (Partner in Trilateral Research & Consulting, London, UK.)
Serge Gutwirth (Professor of Law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB), Belgium. Michael Friedewald is senior researcher and consultant at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research in Karlsruhe, Germany.)
Michael Friedewald (Fenior researcher and consultant at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research in Karlsruhe, Germany.)

Foresight

ISSN: 1463-6689

Article publication date: 17 April 2007

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Abstract

Purpose

To identify safeguards against threats and vulnerabilities posed by the emerging world of ambient intelligence.

Design/methodology/approach

Dark scenarios were constructed to highlight the threats and vulnerabilities; safeguards are identified to address those threats and vulnerabilities and recommendations for specific stakeholders are made for implementing those safeguards.

Findings

A multiplicity of threats and vulnerabilities can be expected in the emerging world of ambient intelligence, and a multiplicity of safeguards are similarly necessary to address those.

Research limitations/implications

Additional technological research is necessary in order to develop some of the safeguards envisaged as necessary.

Practical implications

The existing legal and regulatory regime suffers from various lacunae and must be amended to address AmI challenges. Many stakeholders have important roles to play.

Originality/value

The paper identifies necessary safeguards to protect privacy, identity, trust, security and e‐inclusion. It identifies specific recommendations for the European Commission, Member States, industry, civil society organizations, academia and individuals.

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Citation

Wright, D., Gutwirth, S. and Friedewald, M. (2007), "Shining light on the dark side of ambient intelligence", Foresight, Vol. 9 No. 2, pp. 46-59. https://doi.org/10.1108/14636680710737759

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2007, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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