Virtuality and Capabilities in a World of Ambient Intelligence

New Challenges to Privacy and Data Protection

  • Luiz Costa

Part of the Law, Governance and Technology Series book series (LGTS, volume 32)

Also part of the Issues in Privacy and Data Protection book sub series (ISDP, volume 32)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Power and Freedoms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Luiz Costa
      Pages 3-13
    3. Luiz Costa
      Pages 15-41
    4. Luiz Costa
      Pages 43-65
    5. Luiz Costa
      Pages 67-92
  3. Rights

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Luiz Costa
      Pages 95-135
    3. Luiz Costa
      Pages 171-175
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 177-199

About this book


This book is about power and freedoms in our technological world and has two main objectives. The first is to demonstrate that a theoretical exploration of the algorithmic governmentality hypothesis combined with the capability approach is useful for a better understanding of power and freedoms in Ambient Intelligence, a world where information and communication technologies are invisible, interconnected, context aware, personalized, adaptive to humans and act autonomously. The second is to argue that these theories are useful for a better comprehension of privacy and data protection concepts and the evolution of their regulation. Having these objectives in mind, the book outlines a number of theses based on two threads: first, the elimination of the social effects of uncertainty and the risks to freedoms and, second, the vindication of rights. Inspired by and building on the outcomes of different philosophical and legal approaches, this book embodies an effort to better understand the challenges posed by Ambient Intelligence technologies, opening paths for more effective realization of rights and rooting legal norms in the preservation of the potentiality of human capabilities.


World of Ambient Intelligence Privacy and Data Protection Virtuality and Capabilities Power and Freedoms Enabling Technologies Power Through technology Freedom and Means to Freedom Well-Being and Agency Capabilities and Human Rights Theories of Technology Impact of Technology Design on Capabilities Capabilities and Risk Human Development Human Enhancement Privacy, A Fundamental Human Right Privacy and Well-Being Virtuality, Privacy and Capabilities

Authors and affiliations

  • Luiz Costa
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculté de Droit (Visiting Researcher)University of Namur, CRIDSNamurBelgium

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-39197-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-39198-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2352-1902
  • Series Online ISSN 2352-1910
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