Privacy Implications of Smart Grids and the Cloud

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Ajit Jaokar, Futuretext, Founder and Author

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Privacy Implications of Smart Grids and the Cloud: Opportunities and Pitfalls Smart grids are in the news considering the Obama administration impetus for broadband stimulation. The starting point of Smart grids are two-way electricity meters which can be connected via telecoms networks to monitor energy consumption. Like web 2.0 which saw the Web as a platform, we are now seeing the electricity grid as a platform. But similar to Web 2.0, smart grids could also have privacy implications. This talk discusses the opportunities and pitfalls of the privacy implications of the smart grid and the Cloud. Ajit Jaokar is the founder of the London based publishing and research company futuretext ( focussed on emerging Web and Mobile technologies. His thinking is widely followed in the industry and his blog, The OpenGardensBlog (, was recently rated a top 20 wireless blog worldwide and he is best known for his books Mobile Web 2.0, Social Media Marketing. Two new books ('Open Mobile' and ‘Implementing Mobile Web 2.0’) are being released in 2009. Ajit chairs Oxford University's Next generation mobile applications panel and conducts a course on Mobile Web 2.0 and LTE services at Oxford University.

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