Avner Levin, a Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management, and Chair of the Law & Business Department at Ryerson University, speaks with Katina Michael on his latest paper titled: "Privacy in Public". Avner heads Ryerson University’s Law Research Centre which focuses on research related to law and legal education. He is also the Director of the Privacy and Cyber Crime Institute, a centre for research related to privacy and cybercrime. His paper on privacy will appear in the September/October 2016 special issue of IEEE Potentials Magazine on the theme of "Unintended Consequences of Technology" guest edited by Ramona Pringle, Katina Michael and MG Michael.
So what do I see? I see little tiny cameras in everyday objects, we’ve already been speaking about the Internet of Things—the web of things and people—and these individual objects will come alive once they have a place via IP on the Internet. So you will be able to speak to your fridge; know when there is energy being used in your home; your TV will automatically shut off when you leave the room. So all of these appliances will not only be talking with you, but also with the suppliers, the organisations that you bought these devices from. So you won’t have to worry about warranty cards; the physical lifetime of your device will alert you to the fact that you’ve had this washing machine for two years, it requires service. So our everyday objects will become smart and alive, and we will be interacting with them. So it’s no longer people-to-people communications or people-to-machine, but actually the juxtaposition of this where machines start to talk to people.Read More