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Social Implications of the Augmented Web

From: Rob Manson <roBman@mob-labs.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2012 15:38:43 +1100
Message-ID: <50B2F253.30002@mob-labs.com>
To: public-ar@w3.org

I've added a Social Implications page and a set of wiki sub-pages so we 
can kick off a range of discussions on these topics.

What are the Privacy implications of this new vision for the web?  Any 
website you visit using a suitable modern browser will now be able to 
connect you to the world in a whole new way.  And by doing that it will 
also drive you to create streams of new data about who and where you are 
and how you interact with the world and people both around you and 
remotely.  How do we balance the desire to enable these powerful new 
features while promoting and improving the individual's right to 
personal privacy?

Social Interaction
How will this new generation of the web change our Social Interaction? 
Now you can reach out across the world and use your face or gestures to 
interact with people anywhere.  You and anyone else you allow can 
project your information onto the objects around you and locations and 
images are anchors for the new social space.  How will the nature of 
this new social space change the way we interact with the people in our 

Access and Control
How does the nature of Access and Control change in this new web 
environment?  In the current version of the web it is web addresses that 
provide links to content and functionality.  With this dynamic new web 
any combination of Sensor Data can now provide a link to dynamic content 
and functionality.  How does someone "own" a stream of Sensor Data or 
"control" what it links to?  How do people "know" what Sensor Data links 
to what?  And what does this mean for people that cannot "access" this 
new web at all?

If you have any other topics you think should be added to this list 
please let me know.

Received on Monday, 26 November 2012 04:39:03 UTC

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