We hear a lot of discussion about ‘open data’ from government, about making information that is collected by them available to citizens and (we hope) open up new creative and innovative applications that make use of this data. Researchers within Horizon are interested in taking this a step further and starting to look at what happens when the individual citizen gets access to a lot of the data that is held about them by government and by commercial organisations, and what value that can bring to an individual.
For example, a mobile phone company, in order for the ‘cell’ phone to work, knows where you are. It would be very useful if that information was available to each of us so software and applications running on our behalf could make use of that. We could imagine in the future a credit card company could actually ask, when a credit card transaction is happening, “Are you actually in the city where the credit card is supposedly being used?”
Prof McAuley is an industry expert with over 20 years of R&D experience in computing, networking and communications systems. His extensive work and research includes virtualization, hardware design, computer architecture, communications, distributed systems, networking, operating systems and information theory. A co-founder of the Cambridge Microsoft Research Facility, he remains an Affiliated Lecturer at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory. He is also a former researcher at Intel and was involved in establishing two startups: XenSource, now the leading distributed computing firm Citrix, and Netronome, where he was Chief Scientist, developing highly programmable microprocessors for intelligent network flow control.