Clearly Opaque: Privacy Risks of the Internet of Things

Gilad Rosner, IoT Privacy Forum
Thursday, November 8, 2018 -
16:00 - 18:00

Design Informatics and CRISP Seminar

The concept of the Internet of Things has a long history and, at least academically, has been discussed under a variety of headings: ubiquitous computing, pervasive computing, and cyber-physical systems. While these terms and the idea of the IoT have hazy borders, commercial deployment of purpose- built devices with onboard sensors, networking and computing power is finally taking off. Many devices are familiar – TVs, speakers, fitness wearables, cars, vacuums and toys – and others are hidden in retail and public spaces, like face recognition cameras, thermal sensors or gunshot detecting microphones. These devices will undoubtedly add convenience, safety and entertainment to society, but they bring with them myriad privacy issues, and portend the continuous monitoring of the human environment. This talk will present the findings from 18 months of research into the privacy risks of a world of connected devices, highlighting how IoT devices cross and destabilize boundaries and present novel challenges to people’s ability to manage their own privacy. The presentation will also delve into various design, engineering, and identity management strategies emerging to address these issues.


Gilad Rosner is a privacy and information policy researcher and the founder of the non-profit Internet of Things Privacy Forum, whose is mission is to produce guidance, analysis and best practices to help industry and government to reduce privacy risk and innovate responsibly in the domain of connected devices. Gilad’s broader work focuses on the IoT, identity management, US & EU privacy and data protection regimes, and online trust. His research has been used by the UK House of Commons Science and Technology Committee report on the Responsible Use of Data and he is a featured expert on O’Reilly and the BBC. Gilad has a 20-year career in IT, having worked with identity management technology, digital media, automation and telecommunications. Gilad is a member of the UK Cabinet Office Privacy and Consumer Advisory Group, which provides independent analysis and guidance on Government digital initiatives, and is a member of the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems.

To attend please contact Professor Charles Raab: Charles.Raab@ed.ac.uk

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