IoT deployment for sustainability – Pre 14 2024

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by Dynamic Coalition on Internet of Things

17 June 2024 | 14:30 - 15:30 EEST | WS room 2 | Video recording
Consolidated programme 2024

Session teaser

The world is experiencing an unprecedented number of natural disasters of significant magnitude due to global climate change. Developing countries are less prepared to deal with emergencies due to a lack of accurate real-time climate monitoring. Thus, urgent measures are necessary to adapt to the new reality to forecast and prepare for potential risks and to respond appropriately during and after the events.

The Internet of Things has become part of the fabric of our environment in many ways: the functioning of our homes, control of industrial processes, infrastructure management and monitoring our environments to ensure security and safety from human, natural and technological threats.

Since 2008, the IGF Dynamic Coalition on the Internet of Things has been working on developing a common understanding of IoT global good practice; we agreed in 2018 during the IGF in Paris that ensuring this understanding requires a continued multistakeholder dialogue in which all parties can participate on equal footing, in good faith, in order to ensure a way forward to the benefit of all people.

This session will propose and discuss principles of global good practice in IoT with regards to deployment of IoT specifically to address climate change and disaster prevention around the world. The results of this session will feed into the IGF DC IoT open session during the IGF 2024 in Ryad.

Join us in developing a clear and practicable vision of Global Good Practice for IoT towards 2030, taking into account the current state and direction of IoT deployment, policy and regulatory developments around the world the (positive and negative) potential impact of AI/ML IoT ecosystem governance, in a way that reflects Core Internet Values both systemically and in detail.

Session description

This session is organised by DC IoT in collaboration with DC CIV and with support of DC IS3C; it is open to collaboration with other IGF Policy Networks and Dynamic Coalitions, where appropriate. Our aim is to advance a clear global sense of Good Practice on IoT and its governance.

This builds upon the “Internet of Things Good Practice Principle” recognised by the DC IoT during the IGF 2019 and which aims at developing responsible loT. This means that IoT devices, systems, , and services should take legal and ethical considerations into account from the outset and throughout the development, deployment, use, revision and eventual decommissioning, disposal or replacement phases, including disposal at the end of the use phase. We intend to find an ethical and sustainable way ahead using loT to help to create a free, secure and rights enabling based environment: a future we want, based on our values today, recognizing that what we want is likely to evolve over time. In this we consider “sustainability” in the Brundtland sense: “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

For our session at EuroDIG 2024 we plan a roundtable with a focus on IoT deployment for sustainability in the environmental sense. The world is experiencing an unprecedented wave of natural disasters of significant magnitude due to global climate change; technology both contributes to this challenge and must be used to our best ability to help address them. Our draft agenda:

  1. Climate changes affects the entire world, yet developing countries are less able to deal with emergencies due to a lack of accurate real-time climate monitoring. So a specific focus will be on the potential for roll-out of climate monitoring and disaster warning systems in areas where IoT enabled Internet environments are currently less advanced and widely-adopted. Talant Sultanov will introduce a project currently being implemented in Kyrgystan and discuss its objectives and the experiences and challenges his team is encountering.
  2. Governance of IoT’s relation to sustainability is not exclusively local; in international law, sustainable development is derived from the universally recognised principle of equity. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been developed to reflect fairness and justice, ensuring that all countries, especially developing ones, have equitable access to resources and opportunities. SDG 9 focuses on building resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and fostering innovation. This goal highlights the importance of infrastructure in achieving sustainable development and the need for investment in sustainable and resilient infrastructure. Joanna Kulesza will go into the legal aspects relating to deployment of IoT for sustainability and the contribution of international law to meeting these challenges in ways consistent with the IoT Good Practice Principle.
  3. The deployment of IoT networks has wider impacts. Ensuring that these are both legal and ethical involves good data governance and conscious and effective use of AI tools including deep learning. Recognising that many relevant IoT systems and services will be partly autonomous further emphasises the need to ensure ethical design and evolution of such systems and services. Jonathan Cave will go into the requirements that come with this, and will raise the dilemmas to be addressed.
  4. IoT networks are part of the Internet, and an extension of the Internet. As a network of networks, the Internet has been build around a number of core values that have helped the Internet evolve to what it has become today, and have evolved, themselves, as the Internet has developed since its origin. Olivier Crépin-Leblond will reflect on the Core Internet Value perspectives related to the roll out of IoT systems and services for environmental monitoring and disaster warning.

The session will be moderated by Maarten Botterman. Following the introductions, all participants are invited to contribute to the discussion.

The Outcome of this EuroDIG panel will be taken forward to the IGF2024 in Ryad for a full DC IoT discussion informed by the outcomes of the EuroDIG session and other regional sessions during the year, leading up to the IGF.

In conclusion: sustainability is a challenge we need to address together. And this means that we need to ensure that IoT enabled systems are deployed, used and adapted wherever they are needed, specifically including currently less-connected regions. What is needed to make sure that IoT systems and services are deployed in a way that serves the global public interest, and that all regions that need the support are able to deploy IoT systems to ensure better addressing ecological issues?


The session is set up as a panel session, with a short presentation to scope the subject of discussion, a panel discussion including expertise on Core Internet Values, cybersecurity, and IoT good practices, and a fully interactive discussion with all participants to the session.

The session will be in hybrid format, moderated to facilitate interventions both in the room and remotely.

Further reading


Key participants:

This DC IoT activity solicits input from DC CIV and DC IS3C, as well as from the Policy Network on Artificial Intelligence and other Dynamics Coalitions with relevant contributions.

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