Digital technologies offer many benefits but can easily be exploited for those who have mal-intentions. Smart homes are supposed to make us safer yet are used as a weapon for domestic abuse. When most think of new smart and "deeper experience" technologies they are quick to believe their lives just got better. The reality for some is their lives have become more violated. Digital technologies offer many benefits but can easily be exploited for those who have mal-intentions. Smart homes are supposed to make us safer yet are used as a weapon for domestic abuse. Virtual reality gaming is designed to provide a deeper and more integrated gaming experience, instead it can be used as a vehicle to harass women and minorities. GPS trackers in hundreds of apps empowers illegal stalkers of children, women or any other intended target. And the list can go on.
While many are pointing fingers as to whether this problem should have been "foreseen", the IEEE Standards Association's (IEEE-SA) Digital Inclusion through Trust and Agency (DITA) Industry Connections Program seeks to both educate and work with the global community to find solutions.
Turning off the Wi-Fi or the internet connection is not the solution. This session will bring bright minds to start a conversation around a viable solution. Key educational objectives of the session include:
- Introduce the opportunistic gaps of the technology enabling this indignant behavior
- Explore how emerging technologies such as blockchain, and IoTs in combination with privacy design protocols could lead to the continued use of these deeper, smarter technologies while minimizing the risk of exploitation to vulnerable end-users.
- Understand how and why policy and technology need to collaborate to develop a platform that rewards and encourages good behavior for all end-users.