CWIC: Track 2

Security, Identity & Privacy

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Our cyberspace life has already become irrevocably entwined with real life The Metaverse offers a world of even greater promise, but also, of great peril. Pirates, predators and hackers galore. How will we keep ourselves and our virtual identities safe in the mixed reality frontier we are heading into?

Communications and/or connectivity has evolved through the ages to bring us to the age of the hyper-connected individual or 'thing' (with and without a screen). As our senses have been exploited, from sound to sight, the platform that was mobile, is now accelerating towards a virtual, augmented reality platform where identity could not be more crucial. The Identity of Things (or IoT) and The Identity of Humans (IoH) are coalescing to create an avatar-led world, where our own digital twins are being intertwined with the digital twins of the world around us.

This track will examine the possibilities for identity being used in constructive, educational and commercially beneficial manners, but also consider how identities can be stolen, spoofed or cloned. As society becomes more interconnected, the lines between reality and virtual reality are becoming blurred to the extent where deep fakes are being used regularly in mainstream blockbusters, to the point where audiences cannot distinguish true identity. Come along to be wowed on a rollercoaster security ride, perhaps a virtual one!

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