Authors: Barbara Daskala, Ioannis Maghiros
EUR Number: 22765 EN
Publication date: 5/2007
We would like to bring to your attention our recent publication “D1gital Territ0ries – Towards the protection of public and private space in a digital and Ambient Intelligence environment” [EUR 22765 EN], which might be of interest to you, given your current activities. You can find it at: http://www.jrc.es/publications/pub.cfm?id=1474.
The publication is basically the product of reseach conducted during the last 2 years by our group in the Information Society unit (formerly known as Infomation & Communication Technologies unit) in IPTS, DG JRC. The objective was to develop a framework, in order to provide a more systematic view on the blurring boundaries of public and private digital space, and thus to assist towards addressing the current and emerging concerns regarding privacy, security and identity of people’s online activities; and while appropriately protecting privacy and personal data in the digital world, this framework envisages to promote freedom of expression in the on-line world and enhance the collaboration and communication in the public digital space.
The publication in question provides an overview of the Digital Territories (DT) concept and defines its basic categories and components. Furthermore, with a view to clarify and better understand the DT concept and its application, the authors consider some examples of certain online services and applications (current and future) that have already raised serious privacy considerations and discuss the benefits of applying DT application in these cases. Finally, specific considerations with regard to the application of the concept are identified, as well as future steps that could be made towards evolving and applying the concept.