Author(s): S. Atkinson, P. Jagodzinski, C. Johnson & A. Phippen
This paper describes an ongoing investigation into the potential impact that the
Semantic Web could have on the personal privacy of individuals.
presented is that personal privacy should become part of the underlying
architecture and design of the Semantic Web in order to limit the vulnerability of
The current structure of the Semantic Web does not explicitly address the
issue of the control of personal data, which could in turn lead to individuals
being placed in positions of vulnerability.
Personal privacy is seen as a major
element of vulnerability and has caused some dilemmas from the legal
perspective, balancing those who would hide their wrongdoing behind privacy
against those who would be exposed to harm if there were no privacy.
Issues of privacy are explored from the perspective of three groups of
individuals: survivors of domestic violence; people who are not IT specialists;
The impact of current web technologies on these groups is
explored in order to gain insight into how the Semantic Web might be adapted.
The paper concludes with a proposal for further research into the development
of a Semantic Web tool which will aim to support individuals in identifying the
potential threats to their privacy that arise from each sortie into cyberspace.
Particular emphasis will be given to the issues faced by vulnerable groups and
Semantic Web, privacy, vulnerability, domestic violence, teenagers.
The Semantic Web purports to be a solution to the frustrations of end-users when
searching for information.
Data is to be marked in such a way that computers
are able to make use of it in a more intelligent fashion.
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Paper DOI: 10.2495/IS060411
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