IoT Technologies and Standards Evolution and their impact on Core Internet Values – Pre 02 2021

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28 June 2021 | 10:00-11:00 CEST | Studio Belgrade | Video recording
Consolidated programme 2021 overview / Day 0

If you want to contribute to this session please contact the session organisers.

Session teaser

IoT Standards are evolving fast. However, the Internet of Things is based on different technologies and standards than the Internet that was designed 30 years ago. Do these new standards and technologies break Core Internet Values?

Session description

This one hour session, co-organised by the Dynamic Coalition on Internet of Things (DC-IoT) and Dynamic Coalition on Core Internet Values (DC-CIV) will examine recent IoT standard developments and associated technologies and if the break Core Internet Values.

The first part of the session will provide an overview of technologies and standards in IoT. There are many different ways to connect "things", some of them proprietary or with consortia for standards. They do not necessarily follow a strict layered architecture along the same lines as the open Internet. Their requirements for low latency and low power (electrical power is meant), long duration and stability, no access to software updates, and a great variation in the frequency of polling for signals (from once a day to millions per second) may be very different from the open Internet. Among some novel things coming, 5G, the 6GHz spectrum (in many countries there is a tense debate between keeping the band open, closed, or half-and-half, debate which is also between different gigantic corporations), and "slices".

In the second part of this hour, panellist and the audience will be asked how this evolution impacts on Core Internet Values?

As a reminder the Core Internet Values are:

  • Global – The Internet is a global medium open to all, regardless of geography or nationality.
  • Interoperable – The Internet does not rely on a single type of underlying technology, whether at the physical or application level.
  • Open – As a network of networks, any service, application, or type of data (video, audio, text, etc.) is allowed on the Internet, and the Internet’s core architecture is based on open standards.
  • Free – The Internet is free of any centralized control.
  • End-to-end – Application-specific features reside in the communicating end nodes of the network rather than in intermediary nodes, such as gateways, that exist to establish the network.
  • User-centric – End users maintain full control over the type of information, application and service they want to share and access.
  • Robust and reliable – While respecting best-effort scenarios for traffic management, the interconnected nature of the Internet and its dense mesh of networks peering with each other have made it robust and reliable.

This session is the first step to a wider discussion at a session at the Global IGF, which the coalitions are preparing. Do not expect to go to great depths here, but the presentation is definitely important since it will also be referred to for the Global IGF Session.


  1. Introduction (OCL and ST). (5 minutes)
  2. Presentation of the overview of technologies and standards in IoT. (25 minutes)
  3. Round Table with panellists and participants. (20 minutes)
  4. Conclusions and preparing for the Global IGF (10 minutes)

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