Posts by Aimilia Tasidou

In 2015 I received my PhD degree (advised by Prof. Pavlos S. Efraimidis) from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the Democritus University of Thrace (Greece). I graduated from the Department of Informatics at the University of Piraeus (Greece) in 2005 and continued my postgraduate studies at the Department of Informatics, University of Edinburgh (UK), having completed the MSc in Artificial Intelligence in 2006.

Privacy and Personal Data in a Connected World 101, Google+ Hangout, hosted by IEEE

Welcome to the world of hyper connectedness!  It is predicted that in the near future users will have up to 5 active addressable devices and as many as 25 passive devices.  At this rate, the connected ecosystem is poised to have over 200 billion active devices collecting and managing data by the year 2020. What does this all mean? It means that as the world continues to connect people, devices, and networks, many new opportunities arise — opportunities of commerce, marketing, industry, mass production & farming, convenience, security, surveillance and more.   In this next installment of the 2014 IEEE-SA Google+ Hangout Series on Privacy, we’ll explore the intersections of opportunity, legality, and interoperability as they relate to IoT.

And in a space as dynamic as the Internet of Things (IoT), questions are being considered that are both technical and policy driven in nature, including:

  • What is the Internet of Things versus the Internet of Everything?
  • How will data producing IoT change marketing and commerce?Are there information sharing or data privacy implications?
  • What technical and policy standards exist in the space and what standards might need to be initiated to bring more value to participants while helping to assure reasonable user trust within systems?
  • What types of access control should be in place to manage the masses of data the IoT generates?
  • What special considerations need to be taken given that much of the data generated in a connected world may be associated to a person’s identity or habits, what are the privacy and security implications of IoT, and how can data, collected by IoT / IoE devices and networks, be protected?


Watch the Google+ Hangout here

Privacy for the Economy Google+ Hangout

Hosted by IEEE
Wednesday, 9 April 2014
11:00 AM Eastern Time (U.S.)
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In an inter-connected world, questions around the economics of privacy and personal data are of top concern to industry leaders.  While privacy and security nuances have social and political implications, there are also many economic considerations to be understood.  Economic forecasts are already predicting a large loss in revenue for US Cloud Based vendors and services due to concerns over privacy of information stored and shared.  The issue is not localized to US markets.  It has global impact, legal and cultural implication across the globe.  Governments, who have responsibilities to protect data assets and their citizens, are now at odds with the business and economic implications of both criminal and law enforcement activities.

AR and Privacy Google+ Hangout

Mass Market Mobile AR and Privacy: Contradictions and Compromises
Hosted by IEEE
Tomorrow, Friday, 28 March 2014 
12:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)
Watch the Google+ Hangout here
As the use of mobile Augmented Reality (AR) becomes more pervasive, companies and individuals are exploring many new opportunities to simplify their lives and streamline their businesses. Most AR systems are delivering information just in time in small, context-sensitive bites, and are also capable of capturing every movement and adapting over time with use. The same sensors are also capturing the faces of those who are unintentionally in the camera’s field of view. Our panelists for this session are experts in information privacy, identity management, and personal data. Join us as they share their opinions about the impacts AR may have on corporate and personal privacy.

Topics we will discuss:

• What happens to the personal information these systems collect?
• Is there a contradiction between wanting contextually-sensitive service as well as privacy?
• What compromises are being made by users?  By businesses?
• What policies are in place today and how are those being tested, enforced or ignored?
• When and where will concerns for personal data and privacy override the desire (or need) for instant access to contextual information?