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Session 3.4 - User in Control

Putting Users in Control of their Data and Information in the Future Internet (undefinedPDF)

Format of the workshop

Panel discussion, where half of the time of the panel is used by speakers introducing the topic and the other half devoted to discussion with the panel

Problem Statement and Objectives of the workshop

The session will bring together experts who are working already on user centric technologies that will put users 'in control' of their personal information and data in the Future Internet and will examine where they need to be implemented (across networks, services, cloud, IoT, Linked Data, applications, devices, …)". The idea will be to discuss how to enable the users better control in the use of their data and information in the Future Internet. The event will analyse some examples of Future Internet applications and initiatives looking to achieve this ambitious objective. At the same time, the event will be the occasion to discuss the gaps and enable the research community to begin to develop a common approach on this important topic for the remaining period of the FP7 programme and into FP8.

There are already identified three areas that could be addressed within the session:

  1. Personalized Cloud, focusing on research aspects related to the provisioning of reliable, personalized secure solutions for both citizens (e.g. Privacy) and content providers (licensing, commercial, free licensee data).
  2. User centric approach for networking services (e.g. privacy protecting identity management, home centric networking, wireless networking, others) in Future Internet architectures exploring from the technical, legislative and economic perspectives.
  3. User centric interface design and information architecture for on-line community services, such as social networking in order to offer new and powerful ways of working, communicating and socialising in a safe and secure way.

Session organisers:
undefinedChristophe Diot - Steering Committee representative
undefinedJim Clarke, Waterford Institute of Technology – TSSG
undefinedAndrea de Polo, Alinari 24 ORE SpA, Firenze, Italy
undefinedEdel Jennings, Waterford Institute of Technology – TSSG
undefinedNick Papanikolaou, HP Labs

Others TBD

Target audience:

Researchers, industry, investors, R&D people, experts related to user-based issues and challenges including trust, privacy, user interface design, etc. and trust and security related technologists.

Build on previous FIA sessions:

In FIA Budapest, a session entitled "security and usability" [1] was held to identify several important challenges that need to be addressed in order to balance the often conflicting needs for a usable and secure Future Internet. The session came to a number of conclusions, one of which was there needed to be a more user centric approach to the technologies that are being researched and developed by the FI communities. Therefore, the main objective of this session is to place considerably more emphasis on the user centricity perspective on the technologies, including how to precisely design and develop the technologies for the Future Internet in order to enable the users to gain more 'control' over their digital destiny.

The session also relates to the previous sessions on the Privacy and citizenship session [2], Can the Cloud be trusted session [3] at FIA Ghent and Economics of privacy session at FIA Budapest [4].


5 min

undefinedPresentation of the agenda and session objectives


Andrea de Polo, Alinari 24 ORE

10 min

undefinedPutting the User in control within Cloud services

Andrea de Polo, Alinari 24 ORE

10 min

Interaction between context, services, users and devices

Gianluca Ripa, CEFRIEL – ICT Institute Politecnico di Milano

10 min

User-centric Wireless Local Loop (ULOOP) overview

undefinedRute Sofia (SITI, University Lusófona)

10 min

A privacy protecting identity management system at the network, services and applications levels.

Amardeo Sarma, NEC – TDL Consortium

10 min

New approaches for user centricity on social and community networks (from IP Societies project)

Edel Jennings, WIT - TSSG

10 min

User centric design process required to achieve good usability & trust in social networks while still preserving privacy.

undefinedPeter Wolkerstorfer, HCI researcher at CURE, Center for Usability Research engineering.

45 min

Discussions session with panel of the above speakers


Nick Papanikolaou, HP Labs


10 min

Session conclusions

Nick Papanikolaou, HP Labs


Call for participation:

Researchers, experts from the industry, education, R&D centres, telecommunications, innovation centres, centres of excellence, investors, public bodies, standard institutions, anyone involved in social network, content sharing, future internet, cloud computing.