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Augmented and Virtual Reality: what are the privacy risks?

Augmented and Virtual Reality: what are the privacy risks?

Last month, Nintendo released a new video game in the popular Super Mario Kart saga. The game is part of a new category of Toys-to-life, a video game genre that uses augmented reality to build a kart circuit directly at home. This, however, could be the start of a new privacy problem. In practice, the video camera of the game captures the reality that surrounds the player, so as to create a parallel world within the console with which it is connected. But how does it work? The miracle is allowed thanks to Augmented Reality (AR), a technology that allows us to add information and virtual objects to what surrounds […]

Steganography: from its origins to the present

Steganography: from its origins to the present

The term steganography refers to a technique that aims to hide communication between two interlocutors. The term is composed precisely of the Greek words στεγανός (covered) and γραφία (writing). Unlike encryption, which allows you to encrypt a message so as to make it incomprehensible if you do not have a key to decipher it, steganography aims to keep the very existence of the message away from prying eyes, by hiding it. The origins Traces of steganography already existed in ancient Greece, when Herodotus narrated two examples in his Stories, but the first recorded use of the term was in 1499 by Johannes Trithemius in his Steganographia, a treatise on cryptography […]

How well does your car know you?

How well does your car know you?

How well does your car know you? It is certain that our cell phones and electronic devices collect a wide variety of data about us. On top of the new technologies to which we expose our home life (like Alexa or Google Home), our cars can be thought of as smartphones with wheels. Cars are being provided with more software than ever and with built-in navigation systems that memorize where we go (e.g. office, home or favourite café), the frequency with which we go there, how long we stay, and so on. Even car-sharing services have a built-in box that collects data about our driving styles. Granted that gathering information […]

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