SICSA Distinguished Visiting Fellow Patrick C. K. Hung Talk: Children’s Privacy Protection Engine for Smart Toys

Date(s) - 16/11/2022
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Kydd Building , University of Abertay

A toy is an item or product intended for learning or play, which can have various benefits to childhood development. Children’s toys have become increasingly sophisticated over the years, with a growing shift from simple physical products to toys that engage the digital world. Toy makers are seizing this opportunity to develop products that combine the characteristics of traditional toys, such as dolls and stuffed toys, with computing software and hardware. A smart anthropomorphism toy is defined as a device consisting of a physical toy component in the humanoid form that connects to a computing system through networking and sensory technologies to enhance the functionality of a traditional toy. Many studies found that anthropomorphic designs resulted in greater user engagement. Children trusted such designs serve a good purpose and felt less anxious about privacy. While there have been many efforts by governments and international organizations such as UNICEF to encourage the protection of children’s data online, there is currently no standard privacy-preserving framework for mobile toy computing applications. Children’s privacy is becoming a major concern for parents who wish to protect their children from potential harm related to collecting or misusing their private data, particularly their location. This talk presents the related research issues with a case study in Brazil and Argentina.


Patrick C. K. Hung is a Professor, Graduate Program Director of Computer Science, and Director of International Programs at the Faculty of Business and Information Technology at Ontario Tech University, Canada. Patrick worked with Boeing Research and Technology in Seattle on aviation services-related research with two U.S. patents on mobile network dynamic workflow systems. Before that, he was a Research Scientist with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Australia. Patrick is a founding member of the IEEE Technical Committee on Services Computing and IEEE Transactions on Services Computing. In addition, he is a coordinating editor of the Information Systems Frontiers. He has a Ph.D. and Master in Computer Science from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, a Master in Management Sciences from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and a Bachelor in Computer Science from the University of New South Wales, Australia.

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Location: room 2522, Kydd Building, Abertay.

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