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5G Critical Infrastructure
Not even 30 years separate us from the end of the Cold War. Yet, we appear to be witnessing the emergence of a new one, a technology Cold War between the United States and China. This time, instead of a ‘red under the bed’, the US government has declared there is one at the back door. It accuses Chinese technology companies of deliberately building vulnerabilities into their tech, allowing the Chinese to access and control these devices and machinery at will. Headlines are dominated by the case against Huawei, and debate continues to rage...
Smart City 5G Privacy
More than half of the world’s population lives in cities. The UN estimates that by 2050 that proportion will be 68% - more than 6 billion people living in high-density conditions. This raises significant challenges. What is the best way to ensure that human needs are met in a fair and equitable way? How will we face challenges like resource strain, waste and pollution management, traffic congestion and connectivity? In response to these wicked problems, cities are increasingly relying on smart technologies to foster greater efficiency and sustainable growth. These interventions do not, however,...
5G Security GSA
The Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) today issued a 5G Security Primer whitepaper. The whitepaper provides a top-level overview of the security considerations and required approaches necessary for securing 5G networks. GSA calls on industry to adopt security best practices to make 5G a success. The whitepaper includes detail on trust models and assumptions within 5G networks compared to LTE. It also outlines how 5G architecture and features enhance security including network slicing and SBA (Service-Based Architecture), Authentication and Identity Management, Privacy, Inter-operator Security, the role of multi-access edge computing (MEC), the potential security...
From The Jetsons to Blade Runner, to Back to the Future, to A.I. to The 5th Element, popular culture has long been fascinated by what the future would look like for ordinary people. In these films and countless others, humans of the future are shown engaging with technology that speaks to them, cooks for them, asks them how their day was and connects them with the outside world in a seamless and intuitive way. These are all examples of what we now regard as smart homes – living spaces optimized by devices connected through the Internet of...
The IoT Privacy Forum has launched its newest report, Clearly Opaque: Privacy Risks of the Internet of Things. The result of eighteen months of research comprising workshops and interviews with forty experts, practitioners and scholars, the report is one of the most comprehensive explorations of IoT privacy and governance issues currently available.
Smart City Privacy
Humans are moving to cities at an unprecedented rate. Today 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas with that number expected to grow to 68% by 2050. The trend of urbanization is dramatic enough, but when it is layered with the ubiquitous trend towards technological integration the question that surfaces is, ‘What kind of cities will people be living in by 2050?’ How will they reflect the cyber-physical world taking shape around us, and how will we ensure that they remain safe places to live? The concept of the ‘smart city’ is...
Smart City Privacy
In part one of this short series on smart cities and privacy, I looked at the driving forces and factors behind the development of the smart city. Factors such as environmental change, technological advances, and increasing need for sustainability, as cities become the home of over half the population of the planet. I also explored the technologies making the smart city a reality. Technologies behind the ethos of smart water, smart buildings, and smart transport. All of these innovations require data in some form or another, and much of it personal data from ourselves. These data may...
Smart Cities Privacy
Part One: A Tale of Smart Cities There has been a lot of talk about 5G recently, and there is plenty more to come. The 5th Generation network is set to be the greatest leap in connectivity since the beginning of the Digital Revolution. It will enable a wave of new technologies and services that are currently only the stuff of imagination. From autonomous vehicles to the greater Internet of Things (IoT), 5G will usher in a new era of cyber-physical integration. Nowhere will this impact be more dramatic than in smart cities –...
ACLU - Making Smart Decisions About Smart Cities
ACLU just published a guide on Smart Cities. It looks at how to balance the innovation with privacy risks and features a number of real-life case studies. From the intro: "In some cases, technological solutions to urban issues can reflect or even exacerbate racial or economic inequality rather than allocate city resources and services fairly. Technologies that collect information about residents and visitors can generate and expose deeply personal information or even be repurposed to function as surveillance tools..."