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White Noise from the White Goods? Conceptual & Empirical Perspectives on Ambient Domestic Computing

Forthcoming in Edwards, L. Schafer, B. and Harbinja, E, (Eds.) Future Law, EUP, (2017)

39 Pages Posted: 12 Nov 2016 Last revised: 15 Jan 2017

Lachlan Urquhart

Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute

Date Written: November 7, 2016

Abstract

Within this chapter we consider the emergence of ambient domestic computing systems, both conceptually and empirically. We critically assess visions of post-desktop computing, paying particular attention to one contemporary trend: the internet of things (IoT). We examine the contested nature of this term, looking at the historical trajectory of similar technologies, and the regulatory issues they can pose, particularly in the home. We also look to the emerging regulatory solution of privacy by design, unpacking practical challenges it faces. The novelty of our contribution stems from a turn to practice through a set of empirical perspectives. We present findings that document the practical experiences and viewpoints of 13 leading experts in technology law and design.

Keywords: internet of things; ambient intelligence; ubicomp; technology futures; data protection and privacy law; privacy by design; human computer interaction

Suggested Citation

Urquhart, Lachlan, White Noise from the White Goods? Conceptual & Empirical Perspectives on Ambient Domestic Computing (November 7, 2016). Forthcoming in Edwards, L. Schafer, B. and Harbinja, E, (Eds.) Future Law, EUP, (2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2865738 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2865738

Lachlan Urquhart (Contact Author)

Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute ( email )

University of Nottingham Innovation Park
Triumph Road
Nottingham, NG7 2TU
United Kingdom

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