Diem Hoang Nguyen
|Published online: 21 January 2016|
Ethical Design: The Brightest Beacon For Privacy Protection in Internet of Things
Ethical Design opens new window for empowering users when interacting with IoT system.
This research was conducted by a group of researchers from various institutions in Europe.The concept Ethical Design is introduced to refer the IoT products which are designed to help individual users protect their personal data and information as well as enable them to frame their ethical choices whenever value-laden issues emerge.
The IoT products based on an Ethical Design should be capable of providing control of the collection and distribution of data or services related to the user. In other words, they aim to support the ethical capabilities of human beings such as agency, awareness and reflexivity (requiring transparency on how data are collected and distributed). Also, they can enforce different regulations or cultures along the dimensions of time (e.g., cultural or regulatory changes) or space (e.g., different nations). Last but not least, they are able to supporting dynamic contexts (e.g., house, office) and able to perceive, identify and support relationships, which require ethical choices.
Ethical Design model is implemented by policy-based framework. In this framework, user interaction with IoT devices will be controlled by set of security policy configuration rules that specify the conditions when a set of enforcement policy templates should be activated. The policy-based framework can give more control to the user and it can automate some of the complex decision processes in the interaction of the user with the IoT, but a complementary set of regulatory measures and best practices could make the application more effective.
This research was conducted by a group of researchers from various institutions in Europe: European Commission,Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy, GNKS Consult ,Rotterdam,The Netherlands and Universita ’ Cattolica S.C.,Milan, Italy.
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