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Shining light on the dark side of ambient intelligence

: Wright, D.; Gutwirth, S.; Friedewald, M.


Foresight 9 (2007), Nr.2, S.46-59
ISSN: 1463-6689
ISSN: 1465-9832
Fraunhofer ISI ()
data security; privacy

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.