‘Internet of Things’: How Abuse is Getting Smarter

(2019) Safe – The Domestic Abuse Quarterly, (63), 22-26

6 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2019

See all articles by Isabel Lopez-Neira

Isabel Lopez-Neira

University College London

Trupti Patel

University College London

Simon Parkin

University College London

George Danezis

Microsoft Corporation

Leonie Tanczer

University College London - Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP)

Date Written: March 11, 2019

Abstract

From home thermostats you can control from your car, to home assistants ready to organise your diary at a spoken word, technology is playing a more central role in our daily lives. However, while networked home devices provide many advantages, they also offer abusers an abundance of opportunities to control, harass and stalk their victims. The Gender and Internet of Things project at University College London has been investigating how these devices are being misused, and what support survivors and services need to navigate these emerging risks.

Keywords: Technology-facilitated abuse, tech abuse, domestic violence, Internet of Things, IoT

Suggested Citation

Lopez-Neira, Isabel and Patel, Trupti and Parkin, Simon and Danezis, George and Tanczer, Leonie, ‘Internet of Things’: How Abuse is Getting Smarter (March 11, 2019). (2019) Safe – The Domestic Abuse Quarterly, (63), 22-26. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3350615 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3350615

Isabel Lopez-Neira

University College London ( email )

Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

Trupti Patel

University College London ( email )

Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

Simon Parkin

University College London ( email )

Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

George Danezis

Microsoft Corporation ( email )

One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052
United States

Leonie Tanczer (Contact Author)

University College London - Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) ( email )

Boston House
36–38 Fitzroy Square
London, W1t 3EY
United Kingdom

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