March 09, 2022
New Paper: Balancing Privacy and Serendipity in Cyberspace
By Jim Blakley, Living Edge Lab Associate DirectorMedia Inquiries
Unplanned encounters or casual collisions between colleagues have long
been recognized as catalysts for creativity and innovation. The absence of
such encounters has been a negative side effect of COVID-enforced remote
work. However, there have also been positive side effects such as less time
lost to commutes, lower carbon footprints, and improved work-life balance.
This vision paper explores how serendipity for remote workers can be
created by leveraging IoT technologies, edge computing, high-resolution
video, network protocols for live interaction, and video/audio denaturing.
We reflect on the privacy issues that technology-mediated serendipity raises
and sketch a path towards honoring diverse privacy preferences.