2001 Conferences

8th CACR Information Security Workshop
2nd Annual Privacy and Security Workshop

Stephen Mann
Professor, Computer Engineering Research Group,
University of Toronto

Perspectives on Subject Righs

The concept of privacy has been stretched to its limits, and conflated with other related concepts such as solitude. Privacy should be defined as that which is violated by measuring instruments and input devices (such as video cameras) in contrast to solitude which can be defined as that which is violated by output devices (such as billboards, unwanted advertising, and other visual detritus). A growing number of individuals have become dissatisfied with what privacy has offered (or not offered them) and are turning to a new concept called Subjectright(S). Subjectright(S), as described in http://wearcam.org/subjectrights.htm is a new framework for protecting both privacy and solitude. Government and industry IT organizations that respect Subjectrights will discover a practical solution to many of the problems that have not found solutions using privacy.

Speaker Bio
Dr. Steve Mann is regarded by many as the inventor of the wearable computer, of the EyeTap camera (a device that causes the eye itself to function as if it were a camera as described in http://eyetap.org), and of the Reality Mediator he has been wearing for more than 20 years, dating back to his high school days in the 1970s. He is currently a faculty member at the University of Toronto, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

In 1991 he brought his inventions and ideas to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, initiating, what was to later become the MIT Wearable Computing Project. At MIT he became the world's the first person to put his personal day-to-day life on the World Wide Web as pictures, which he accomplished simply by making a WWW page into his computer mediated reality. He received his PhD degree from MIT in 1997 in the new field ``Personal Imaging'' he had initiated there. He is also the inventor of the wristwatch videophone (Pat. 2275784, 2275798), of the chirplet transform (a new mathematical framework for image processing http://wearcam.org/chirplet.htm), and of the notion of comparametric equations (http://wearcam.org/comparam.htm).

Mann proposed the first IEEE International Symposium on Wearable Computing (ISWC97), and was also Publications Chair of that conference. He also chaired the first Special Issue on Wearable Computing to appear in an academic journal (Personal Technologies), and has been the keynote speaker at numerous scientific and industry symposia and conferences. He has also been an invited speaker at numerous university Distinguished Lecture Series and colloquia. His scientific contributions have also been featured in leading international fora for the general public, such as The New York Times, LA-Times, Time, Newsweek, Fortune, WiReD, NBC, ABC, CNN, David Letterman Top Ten, CBC-TV, Scientific American, Scientific American Frontiers, Discovery Channel, Byte, Reuters, New Scientist, Rolling Stone, and BBC. A feature length 35mm motion picture film (www.cbc.ca/cyberman, Producer=Michael Allder, Director=Peter Lynch) documents his invention and life as he has lived it through ``mediated reality''.

He also wrote the lead article for Proc. IEEE Vol. 86, No. 11, Intelligent Signal Processing, Nov. 1998, His textbook entitled ``Intelligent Image Processing'' by John Wiley and Sons, as well as a popular book about his life as a ``cyborg'', by Random House, Doubleday, further document his ``mediated reality'' concepts.

He can be reached via e-mail at mann@eecg.toronto.edu or by tapping into his right eye, http://eyetap.org/tpw.