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Challenges and opportunities of lifelog technologies: A literature review and critical analysis

Authors: 

Tim Jacquemard, Peter Novitzky, Fiachra O’Brolchain, Alan Smeaton, Bert Gordijn

Publication Type: 
Refereed Original Article
Abstract: 
In a lifelog, data from various sources are combined to form a record from which one can retrieve information about oneself and the environment in which one is situated. It could be considered similar to an automated biography. Lifelog technology is still at an early stage of development. However, the history of lifelogs so far shows a clear academic, corporate and governmental interest. Therefore, a thorough inquiry into the ethical aspects of lifelogs could prove ben- eficial to the responsible development of this field. This article maps the main ethically relevant challenges and opportunities associated with the further devel- opment of lifelog technologies as discussed in the scholarly literature. By identi- fying challenges and opportunities in the current debate, we were able to identify other challenges and opportunities left unmentioned. Some of these challenges are partly explained by a blind spot in the current debate. Whilst the current debate focuses mainly on lifelogs held by individuals, lifelogs held by governmental institutions and corporations pose idiosyncratic ethical concerns as well. We have provided a brief taxonomy of lifelog technology to show the variety in uses for lifelogs. In addition, we provided a general approach to alleviate the ethical chal- lenges identified in the critical analysis.
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): 
10.1007/s11948-013-9456-1
Publication Status: 
Published
Date Accepted for Publication: 
Saturday, 2 March, 2013
Publication Date: 
09/07/2013
Journal: 
Science and Engineering Ethics
Volume: 
20
Issue: 
2
Pages: 
379-409
Research Group: 
Institution: 
Dublin City University (DCU)
Open access repository: 
Yes