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Information 2011, 2(2), 360-371; doi:10.3390/info2020360
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Pervasive Computing, Privacy and Distribution of the Self

Received: 5 April 2011 / Accepted: 20 May 2011 / Published: 27 May 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Trust and Privacy in Our Networked World)
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Abstract

The emergence of what is commonly known as “ambient intelligence” or “ubiquitous computing” means that our conception of privacy and trust needs to be reconsidered. Many have voiced their concerns about the threat to privacy and the more prominent role of trust that have been brought about by emerging technologies. In this paper, I will present an investigation of what this means for the self and identity in our ambient intelligence environment. Since information about oneself can be actively distributed and processed, it is proposed that in a significant sense it is the self itself that is distributed throughout a pervasive or ubiquitous computing network when information pertaining to the self of the individual travels through the network. Hence privacy protection needs to be extended to all types of information distributed. It is also recommended that appropriately strong legislation on privacy and data protection regarding this pervasive network is necessary, but at present not sufficient, to ensure public trust. What is needed is a campaign on public awareness and positive perception of the technology.
Keywords: pervasive computing; ubiquitous computing; ambient intelligence; privacy; self; distribution; trust; personal identity; public perception; ethics; metaphysics pervasive computing; ubiquitous computing; ambient intelligence; privacy; self; distribution; trust; personal identity; public perception; ethics; metaphysics
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