Home Automation and Cybercrime
July 31, 2012
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley
Alan Majer is the founder of GoodRobot.com. John Wunderlich is an independent information and privacy consultant in Toronto. Alan explains how home automation benefits family caregivers caring for family members with health challenges. John explains cybercrime risks of most concern to family caregivers caring for family members with health challenges. They discuss trends in home automation and cybercrime, the links between the two, and how these might harm family members whom family caregivers are caring for. Alan highlights questions about risks of cybercrime that family caregivers should ask providers of home automation. John identifies questions about privacy, security and worrying incidents that family caregivers should ask, and who they should ask. Recognizing the increasing challenge of ensuring that the benefits of home automation are not undermined by cybercrime, they identify priorities for the home automation industry, governments and their agencies, and family caregivers.
Family Caregivers Unite!
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Family caregivers are the people who provide care to partners, parents, children, brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, neighbors and even co-workers. They are the people who provide care when everyone else has gone home. They are the people who organize the functioning of the home for the person with special needs, and for the family as a whole. They are the coordinators of care, the managers of appointments, the preventers of loneliness, and the makers of decisions even to the point of Power of Attorney. And they are so often people who themselves are burdened with their own health challenges and who may be in only marginally better health than the persons to whom they are providing family caregiving.
Dr. Gordon Atherley
Dr Gordon Atherley holds the British equivalent of the Canadian PhD and MD degrees, and LLD, Honoris Causa, from Canada’s Simon Fraser University. His awards include Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, UK. His medical specialties are occupational medicine and public health.
As first President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, the Canadian equivalent of the US National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, he led the creation of Canada’s electronic information service in occupational health and safety, now used in more than 40 countries.
In academia, he held senior, tenured, full-time positions, including departmental chair, in university faculties of physics, engineering, and medicine. He is the author of a textbook and numerous articles and publications.
Since retiring from medical practice, he’s built up Greyhead Associates, which critically researches the safety, effectiveness and fairness of health services for persons with special needs.
Through Virtual Care International, a company of which he’s President, he’s involved in providing sensible technology to family caregivers to help them with their responsibilities, workloads, and concerns.
Now an activist, he urges family caregivers to unite because, more and more, it’s not just their families who depend on them, it’s also the healthcare system as a whole, as it struggles to meet more and more needs of more and more people.