A Message from Vint Cerf, 
Marconi Society Chair

Forty years ago, when Bob Kahn and I created the TCP/IP networking protocol for the Internet, we did not know that we were laying the tracks for what would become the digital superhighway that powers everything in society from modern business to interpersonal relationships.

We also didn't envision that people would intentionally take advantage of the network to commit theft and fraud.

Consider just a few recent statistics from Symantec:
  • Malware is a major issue for mobile devices, with the number of variants increasing by 54% in 2017 alone.  We are just beginning to see the effects of malware in the IoT devices that are proliferating.
  • Third party app stores hosted 99.9% of discovered malware.
  • Cybercriminals stole an estimated 12B records in 2018 including names, addresses, social security numbers and other information.

When we think about user behaviors to enhance safety, security and privacy, there are a number of wise choices.

Vint Cerf

By Stefania Bartoletti

It may feel like you are always on the grid and your location is constantly broadcast by some GPS device or another. In reality, we are often in environments, including buildings and parking lots, where GPS works poorly or not at all. 

Behavioral analytics was originally conceived to extrapolate online users trends (e.g., navigation paths and clicks) and to tailor marketing efforts accordingly. More recently, there has been a growing interest in active tracking systems that can analyze the behavior of people and things in public spaces, through dedicated infrastructures or by relying on people's personal devices. This approach has privacy, device and cost issues. 

In fact, business intelligence often requires monitoring the flow of people to figure out which exhibits at a museum are most popular, which areas of a building get the most use, or which part of a store receives the most traffic. 

For these scenarios, passive tracking is more economical and offers more privacy than active tracking. 

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