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Lifelogging: Privacy and Empowerment with Memories for Life

O'Hara, Kieron, Tuffield, Mischa M. and Shadbolt, Nigel (2009) Lifelogging: Privacy and Empowerment with Memories for Life Identity in the Information Society, 1, (1), pp. 155-172. (doi:10.1007/s12394-009-0008-4).

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The growth of information acquisition, storage and retrieval capacity has led to the development of the practice of lifelogging, the undiscriminating collection of information concerning one’s life and behaviour. There are potential problems in this practice, but equally it could be empowering for the individual, and provide a new locus for the construction of an online identity. In this paper we look at the technological possibilities and constraints for lifelogging tools, and set out some of the most important privacy, identity and empowerment-related issues. We argue that some of the privacy concerns are overblown, and that much research and commentary on lifelogging has made the unrealistic assumption that the information gathered is for private use, whereas, in a more socially-networked online world, much of it will have public functions and will be voluntarily released into the public domain.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 20 February 2009
Published date: December 2009
Keywords: lifelogging, memories for life, M4L, personal information management, privacy, identity, surveillance, social networking
Organisations: Web & Internet Science


Local EPrints ID: 267123
ISSN: 1876-0678
PURE UUID: 89d93164-901e-4759-832d-35fed698c35a

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Date deposited: 19 Feb 2009 14:52
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 07:08

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Author: Kieron O'Hara
Author: Mischa M. Tuffield
Author: Nigel Shadbolt

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