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An international experts workshop on "ubiquitous network societies" was held in April 2005 in Geneva, Switzerland.

For more information about the research project and workshop, please contact Ms. Lara Srivastava at <lara.srivastava(a)>.  


Related ITU Activities 

(SPU) SPU NEWSLOG on "Mobile" and "Wireless Networks" and "Ubiquitous Networks"

(SPU) ITU Internet Report "The Portable Internet," September 2004
(SPU) ITU Internet Report "Birth of Broadband", September 2003
(SPU) ITU Internet Report "Internet for a Mobile Generation", September 2002"
(SPU) Research project on "Mobile overtakes fixed" (2003)
Workshop Background Paper
Workshop background paper on "Privacy and Ubiquitous Network Societies" (9 March 2005)


Other Background Resources and Links
Technological ubiquity: The need for consumer privacy protection , Tony Lam, Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Hong Kong, April 2005
Working document on data protection issues related to RFID technology , European Commission Data Protection Working Party, 19 January 2005
Background Paper: Social and Human Considerations for a More Mobile World , ITU, March 2004
People versus information: the evolution of mobile technology , Richard Harper, Digital World Research Centre, 2004
ITU Workshop on Countering Spam, 2004
Position Statement on the Use of RFID on Consumer Products endorsed by a number of consumer, privacy and civil liberties organizations, 14 November 2003
Address by Mr. Philippe Lemoine relating to Radio-Tags (RFIds) , CNIL France, October 2003
Smart ID and Privacy in Japan: Legal Issues of Tracking Using Radio Frequency Identification , T. Natsui, Meiji University of Tokyo, September 2003
Pole Star: Human Rights in the Information Society, Deborah Hurley, International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development, September 2003
GSM Association Press Release "GSM Association sets its sights on ‘spamming’ globally", 23 July 2003
ODTR (Ireland), Users Rights to Communications Services (Protecting Users in a Developing Communications Market), July 2003
The Blocker Tag: Selective Blocking of RFID Tags for Consumer Privacy, A. Juels, R.L. Rivest, and M. Szydlo, RSA Labs and MIT, 2003
RFID: Small Package, Big Problem, James Lewis, Oregon State University, 2003
Wireless Location Privacy: Law and Policy in the US, EU and Japan, an Internet Society Member Briefing, November 2003
Mobile phones as a platform for ubiquitous societies: The case of youth, Santiago Lorente, Universidad PolitÚcnica de Madrid, Spain, 2002
See also original article in issue number 57 from June 2002 of the Spanish Journal "Revista de Estudios de Juventud" (Journal of Studies on Youth), entitled "Youth and Mobile Phones" .
European Commission, Directive 2002/58/EC concerning the processing of personal data and the protection of privacy in the electronic communications sector (Directive on privacy and electronic communications), 31 July 2002
AEI-Brookings Joint Center, The Disconnect Between Law and Policy Analysis: A Case Study of Drivers and Cell Phones , Robert W. Hahn, Patrick M. Dudley, May 2002
Consumers’ use of fixed and mobile telephony, OFTEL (UK), May 2003
RFID: Tracking everything, everywhere, Katherine Albrecht, CASPAN, taken from  "Supermarket Cards: The Tip of the Retail Surveillance Iceberg", Denver University Law Review, 2002
Mobile telephony, mobility, and the coordination of everyday life , Rich Ling and Leslie Haddon, 2001
On the mobile the effects of mobile telephones on social and individual life, Dr. Sadie Plant, Motorola
European Commission, Caller location in telecommunication networks in view of enhancing 112 emergency services , Helios Technology Ltd.
Smart mobs- the next social revolution, book by Howard Rheingold
On-line publications on "Sociology of the mobile phone", from Sociology in Switzerland
UK Foresight programme on  "Cyber Trust and Crime Prevention"
Electronic Privacy Information Center
Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering (CASPIAN) 
MIT and RSA RFID Privacy Weblog


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