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Pervasive Location Tracking: A Privacy Protection Perspective
Tewkesbury Lecture (2009)
  • Harlan J Onsrud, University of Maine - Main

A laudable goal of ubiquitous computing is to enhance our day-to-day living by invisibly embedding sensors and computing platforms in our stationary and mobile surroundings. Sensors being developed and deployed within distributed computing networks include those able to see (ranging from automated detection of light to identification of specific individuals and objects), hear (detection of specific sounds to transcribing language), smell (detection of specific gases), feel (detection of specific motions, temperature, humidity, etc) and communicate. Sensors in and on our bodies will communicate through our phones, cars, offices, homes, transportation infrastructure, and with objects along our travel paths. Numerous visions have been suggested for protecting personal information privacy in future pervasive sensing and computing environments. This presentation argues that some visions are better than others and suggests how the research community can help us get there.

  • location privacy,
  • RFID,
  • ethics driven design,
  • individual autonomy
Publication Date
March 17, 2009
Citation Information
Harlan J Onsrud. "Pervasive Location Tracking: A Privacy Protection Perspective" Tewkesbury Lecture (2009)
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