Quantified Self and the ethics of personal data
This year a big unofficial theme of the conference was the importance of #data #privacy and security. The ethics of capturing and manipulating #self-tracked data was mentioned several times during the opening keynotes by Gary Wolf (one of the founders of the Quantified Self Labs). Gary talked about lifelogging as an acceptable activity at the conference during the introductions. However Gary made it clear that if anyone felt uncomfortable about being photographed, a request for privacy should be respected. The stories in the press about Google Glass and the controversies associated with #lifelogging were at the back of everyone’s minds, and nobody wanted to see them repeated.