39th e-Macao Seminar: Privacy in Light of Future Information Technologies
People suffer when their privacy is invaded, they feel hurt and betrayed. Privacy may be violated by government, businesses and media, or by other people: 1) government is authorized to invade citizen privacy in the public interest, but only in the cases and circumstances well-defined by law; 2) businesses violate the privacy of their customers for profit; and 3) individuals invade the privacy of others for fun or to commit criminal acts like e.g. identity theft. To reduce the risk of their privacy being violated, many people step back from e-democracy (civil rights) and digital economy (consumer rights). This, in turn, has negative social and economic consequences. In this lecture, we analyze in detail the risks associated with digital information. After examining the impact on privacy of three main dimensions of computer and software engineering – multimedia, collaboration and semantics – we conclude that new legal protection of privacy is required.
Prof. Wojciech Cellary, PhD, is a computer scientist, head of the Department of Information Technology at the Poznan University of Economics. In his professional career he worked at nine universities in Poland, France, and Italy. His research interests are currently focused on electronic business and government, information society, Internet technologies, and multimedia. He is an author of 11 books and over 150 scientific papers. He gives lectures on electronic business to over 700 students per year. He was a leader of many national and international scientific and industrial projects. He served as a consultant to several Polish ministries, Polish Parliament and Senate, as well as European Commission. He has been a main organizer of 37 scientific national and international conferences including last year the 6th European Ministerial eGovernment Conference and Exhibition “Borderless eGovernment Services for Europeans”, Poznan, Poland, which is a major European event in the area of e-government. He was scientific editor of the report "Poland and the Global Information Society: Logging on" developed under auspices of United Nations Development Programme.