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Locating, tracking and tracing: From geographic space to cyberspace and back


Hilty, Lorenz; Oertel, Britta; Wölk, Michaela; Pärli, Kurt (2014). Locating, tracking and tracing: From geographic space to cyberspace and back. In: Michalek, T C; Hebakova, L; Scherz, Constanze; Nierling, L; Hahn, J. Technology assessment and policy areas of great transitions. Prague: Informatorium, 336-341.

Abstract

Technologies for tracking and tracing objects and people are becoming ubiquitous. The possibility to determine the location of a person (either in real-time or ex-post) often emerges as a side-effect of other activities the person is performing, such as making a phone call, using the Internet or taking a picture. It is the combination of two factors which creates considerable societal risks in addition to the obvious advantages and opportunities afforded by the positioning technologies: a drop in the voluntary nature of our use of these technologies and the increasing amount of personal data in circulation. By using a qualitative risk-assessment approach developed in an earlier TA-SWISS study, the project team identified the need for political action in several areas (from surveillance and child protection to critical infrastructures) and formulated recommendations for legislative bodies and stakeholders for minimizing the societal risks of these technologies.

Abstract

Technologies for tracking and tracing objects and people are becoming ubiquitous. The possibility to determine the location of a person (either in real-time or ex-post) often emerges as a side-effect of other activities the person is performing, such as making a phone call, using the Internet or taking a picture. It is the combination of two factors which creates considerable societal risks in addition to the obvious advantages and opportunities afforded by the positioning technologies: a drop in the voluntary nature of our use of these technologies and the increasing amount of personal data in circulation. By using a qualitative risk-assessment approach developed in an earlier TA-SWISS study, the project team identified the need for political action in several areas (from surveillance and child protection to critical infrastructures) and formulated recommendations for legislative bodies and stakeholders for minimizing the societal risks of these technologies.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Language:English
Date:2014
Deposited On:10 Jun 2014 11:58
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:55
Publisher:Informatorium
ISBN:978-80-7333-106-1
Official URL:http://www.strast.cz/en/publications/proceedings-from-the-pacita-2013-conference-in-prague
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:9557

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