Perception beyond the Here and Now

Abstract Emerging sensor-equipped computing devices are overcoming longstanding temporal and spatial boundaries to human perception. Comments This short paper considers the impact of sensor-equipped computing devices on the temporal and spatial limitations of the five senses of human perception and suggests that completely new modes of self and environmental perception might emerge in the near [...]


Body Area Networks: A Survey

Abstract Advances in wireless communication technologies, such as wearable and implantable biosensors, along with recent developments in the embedded computing area are enabling the design, development, and implementation of body area networks. This class of networks is paving the way for the deployment of innovative healthcare monitoring applications. In the past few years, much of [...]


Mobile Security: Finally a Serious Problem?

Abstract The growing popularity of wireless technology may have finally attracted enough hackers to make the potential for serious security threats a reality. Comments This paper gives an overview of the growing potential of hacker attacks directed towards mobile media.  The rush to bring new mobile media to market compromises security efforts. Computationally capable ‘smart’ phones allow [...]


Building an Integrated Service Management Platform for Ubiquitous Ecological Cities

Abstract As one of the frontrunners in the race to build smarter cities, South Korea is pushing the envelope by promoting the development of a standard architecture for a service management platform that integrates ubiquitous computing and green technologies. Comments This paper describes a 130 million dollar initiative in South Korea to build a series [...]


Big data: The next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity

Abstract Data have become a torrent flowing into every area of the global economy. Companies churn out a burgeoning volume of transactional data, capturing trillions of bytes of information about their customers, suppliers, and operations. millions of networked sensors are being embedded in the physical world in devices such as mobile phones, smart energy meters, [...]


War Texting: Weaponizing Machine 2 Machine

Abstract Devices have been attached to the telephone network for years. Typically, we think of these devices in terms of modems, faxes, or TTY systems. Now, there is a growing shift in the nature of the devices that are accessible over the telephone network. Today, A-GPS tracking devices, 3G Security Cameras, Urban Traffic Control systems, [...]


A polysaccharide bioprotonic field-effect transistor

Abstract In nature, electrical signalling occurs with ions and protons, rather than electrons. Artificial devices that can control and monitor ionic and protonic currents are thus an ideal means for interfacing with biological systems. Here we report the first demonstration of a biopolymer protonic field-effect transistor with proton-transparent PdHx contacts. In maleic-chitosan nanofibres, the flow [...]


Internet and Surveillance – The Challenges of Web 2.0 and Social Media

Abstract This book  is dedicated to Internet surveillance in the age of what has come to be termed “social media” or “web 2.0″ (blogs, wikis, file sharing, social networking sites, microblogs, user-generated content sites, etc). The Internet has been transformed in the past years from a system primarily oriented on information provision into a medium [...]


Developmental Neurotoxicants in E-Waste: An Emerging Health Concern

Abstract Electronic waste (e-waste) has been an emerging environmental health issue in both developed and developing countries, but its current management practice may result in unintended developmental neurotoxicity in vulnerable populations. To provide updated information about the scope of the issue, presence of known and suspected neurotoxicants, toxicologic mechanisms, and current data gaps, we conducted [...]


“It’s not that I don’t have problems, I’m just not putting them on Facebook”: Challenges and Opportunities in Using Online Social Networks for Health

Abstract To understand why and how people share health information online, we interviewed fourteen people with significant health concerns who participate in both online health communities and Facebook. Qualitative analysis of these interviews highlighted the ways that people think about with whom and how to share different types of information as they pursue social goals [...]