MPs examine the potential benefits and harms of connected technology
15 July 2022
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee examine the potential benefits and harms of connected technology, a branch which includes virtual assistants, smart appliances, wearable devices, and smart homes and cities.
- Watch Parliament TV: Connected tech: smart or sinister?
- Inquiry: Connected tech: smart or sinister?
- Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
Tuesday 19 July 2022, the Grimond Room, Portcullis House
- Silkie Carlo, Director, Big Brother Watch
- Dr Lulu Shi, Research fellow, Oxford Internet Institute, Uni. of Oxford
- Dr Leonie Tanczer, Lecturer in International Security and Emerging Technologies, UCL
- Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK
The Committee is expected to consider the potential privacy and security dangers posed by connected technology. Concerns have been raised that voice-activated assistants regularly transmit unauthorised recordings due to trigger errors.
The session may also cover fears that connected tech can enable new forms of domestic abuse through enhanced omnipresence and increased control over a living situation. This first session of the Connected Tech inquiry may also consider microtransactions and the viability of the metaverse in the near future.
Inquiry: Luke Chesser/Unsplash