Progressing Core Internet Values and Global Good Practice for the Internet of Things – Pre 02 2023

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by Dynamic Coalition on Internet of Things and Dynamic Coalition Core Internet values

19 June 2023 | 10:00 - 11:30 EEST | Auditorium A3 | Video recording
Consolidated programme 2023 overview / Pre 2

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Session teaser

Join us to help develop a clear vision on Global Good Practice for IoT towards 2030, taking into account where we are in IoT deployment, policy and regulatory developments around the world, and the role of AI/ML in governing IoT ecosystems, based on Core Internet Values. The aim is to develop a contribution to the UN Global Digital Compact Summit in September 2024, based on the current IoT Global Good Practice document and making best use of multistakeholder meetings such as discussions during regional IGFs. Key in this to further develop the concept of what it means to have “meaningful transparency” to all stakeholders in the chain, and “real accountability” to those stakeholders that can reasonably expected to bear that responsibility.

This activity is a collaboration between DC CIV, DC IoT, with the support of DC IS3C and linked to the Policy Network on Artificial Intelligence and other relevant DC activities.

Session description

As values underpin everything we do, while at the same time keeping pace with a diverse, complex and constantly-evolving world, the Dynamic Coalition for Core Internet Values (DC CIV) has worked hand in hand with the DC IoT – as IoT systems is an important part of the Internet unfolding affecting many around the world, and also one where the ‘split’ between human and machine is particularly profound and inescapable.

Recently, the Internet Standards CCC (IS3C) has been working on a document that seeks to provide an inventory and evaluation of regulatory practices and legislation as developed over the years by governments around the world. An understanding of this is important input to our dialogue on progressing our understanding of IoT Global Good Practice that has to be inclusive, from a global perspective, as per the mandate of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). We seek to acknowledge such regulatory efforts while maintaining a multistakeholder perspective.

In addition, the recently launched Global Digital Compact initiative, although not yet normative, calls for: (1) connecting all people by 2030; (2) respect for human rights online; and (3) protecting the most vulnerable from the potential risks created by digital advancement. This initiative will benefit from input that is based on the kind of inclusive exploration and debate described here.

Together with the DC CIV, the DC IoT aims to prepare its input to the High Level Expert group – and ultimately to the World Summit on Global Digital Compact in September 2024 – with a specific focus on:

  1. ensuring access to IoT devices and services for all those who need them;
  2. identifying and encouraging good practice in terms of universal deployment of IoT devices and services;
  3. while maintaining a global, multistakeholder perspective, and
  4. respecting Core Internet Values.

Draft Agenda:

  1. The present and future roll-out of IoT: an overview of current challenges and opportunities in the world of IoT. that consists of many components that function individually (as “things”) and in different combinations (as “cyber-physical systems, or CPS). These devices include sensors and actuators, active and passive components, and range over people-operated, automated and different degrees of autonomous IoT systems and applications. Moreover, their collective behaviour cannot always be understood, let alone predicted by considering the separate components. It is important to have a common understanding of this complexity before agreeing on which values to embrace (and what that entails).
  2. IoT regulatory update: An update by Wout de Natris on Standards and best practices relating to the security of the Internet of Things (IoT). In this work, carried out by the Working Group 1 of the Internet Standards, Security and Safety Coalition (IS3C), researchers have compared national IoT policies. The work led to the identification and analyses of a total of 420 tools and practices from 21 countries. Questions that were central in the research were aimed at a set of recommendations that, once deployed, will make IoT more secure, safer and resilient. The report will focus on current best practices but also point to significant differences in approach between countries, as well as the absence of a good practice in the general sense.. A better understanding of where this stands and the associated opportunities and challenges is an important input to our guidance – both for DC IoT and DC CIV.
  3. Core Internet Values at play. This discussion will be introduced by Alejandro Pisanty and will build upon the previous two items in order to analyze how best-effort, interoperability, openness, robustness, decentralization, end-to-end, scalability, and permissionless innovation both inform and are informed or challenged by the expansion of the IoT in different scenarios (inertial, less regulated, more strongly regulated than present.) At this point and in preparation for the following item, the increased prevalence of AI tools within the IoT will be considered as an emerging challenge. We seek perspective on the long-term, not always visible, trends more than on the flashy novelties alone.
  4. Global discussion on other topics of relevance. This discussion is to poll participants for their current awareness on these topics, and develop an agenda for taking this forward towards the IGF 2023 in Kobe, Japan.
    1. A view on how AI implicates IoT requires a better understanding of the discussions that take place around the world: introduction by Thomas Schneider, Chair of the Council of Europe Committee on AI. Does these development impact on values?
    2. A specific focus is on (1) the potential contribution from IoT to better manage our ecological footprint, as well as (2) the ecological footprint of the millions of devices themselves, relating to material use, energy use and waste. Should this be a Core Value in the future of IoT?
    3. Another possible focus is on deployment around the world. What factors support, or hold back, deployment where IoT deployment as such could have a strong positive impact? Sarah T. Kiden, Design researcher at Northumbria University will talk about co-designing IoT with local users and supporting communities to ensure that the wider implications of IoT technologies are taken into appropriate account to shape and influence future deployments and how to embed values like trust, safety and integrity into the design processes of IoT devices.
  5. Conclusions: based on the recent developments, together we will review the 2018 guidelines and define the key topics to tackle in the upcoming months.


The session is set up as a roundtable to be fully interactive, and will be co-moderated by Maarten Botterman (DC IoT) and Olivier Crépin-Leblond (DC CIV). For each of the agenda items there will be a short introduction followed by an invitation for contributions.

The session will be run in hybrid mode, thus allowing online participation as well as in person participation on an equal level. Whether you are already a member of the coalitions or not, everyone is welcome to contribute to the dialogue.

Further reading


Key participants (in alphabetic order of last name):

  • Maarten Botterman, ICANN Board; GNKS Consult; DC IoT Chair;
  • Jonathan Cave, University of Warwick, DC IoT;
  • Dan Caprio, Providence Group, DC IoT;
  • Olivier Crépin-Leblond, DC CIV Chair;
  • Avri Doria, Technicalities, ICANN Board, DC IoT;
  • Sarah T. Kiden, Design researcher at Northumbria University;
  • Wolfgang Kleinwaechter, University of Aarhus, former DC IoT Chair;
  • Wout de Natris, de Natris Consult, DC IS3C Chair;
  • Alejandro Pisanty, UNAM, DC CIV;
  • Thomas Schneider, Chair of the Council of Europe Committee on AI;
  • Shane Tews, Logan Circle Strategies, former DC IoT Chair 

[additional names to be added]

Video record