WAMIII Virtual Series – Session 9
08 June 2020 8AM - 9AM ET
The Great Migration Online: Connected Health and Wellness in a Challenged Cyberspace
Nicholas Napp, Founder, Xmark Labs & Steering Committee Member, IEEE Digital Reality Initiative
Monique Morrow, Senior Distinguished Architect, Emerging Technologies, Syniverse
Dr. Becky Inkster, Neuroscientist; The Lancet Digital Health, International Advisory Board Member
Moderator: Greg Adamson, Chair, IEEE SA Digital Inclusion Identity, Trust & Agency Industry Connections Program
Abstract: The Covid-19 crisis has forced hundreds of millions of people to consider what it means to live a significantly greater part of their lives, especially their working lives, on-line (“in cyberspace”). Whether working, attending conferences, or socializing, it isn’t only about having affordable and reliable access. It is having the human interaction of the physical world, maintaining community-enhancing behaviors, ensuring security in our engagements, privacy of our information, and myriad other challenges.
Turning the switch from a hybrid in-person/on-line social society to a fully digital one comes with critical tolls on security and privacy including:
- The exponential growth of non-clinical "mental health" apps and VR therapies addressing anxiety and isolation in the new spatially distant paradigm
- The unruly approach in utilizing commercial communication platforms to meet healthcare professional demand for telehealth delivery
- The rise in on-line gaming participation and need to enable children and adults with tools for mental and social balance in these interactions.
For the past three years IEEE SA’s DIITA program has been working on these challenges: how we can build technology that provides safe, trusted access to cyberspace and that supports and promotes human dignity.
Our panelists are experts in designing, building, specifying and evaluating such technologies, including those from eXtended reality, digital mental health therapeutics, and on-line gaming fields which will play an important part in future interactions in cyberspace.