Open session of the IGF Dynamic Coalition on the Internet of Things – Pre 02 2017
The Dynamic Coalition on the Internet of Things that was set up during the 2008 meeting of the Internet Governance Forum in Hyderabad aims to come to a global, multistakeholder understanding of “good practice” in the Internet of Things. This meeting is open to all that want to support the global dialogue in this, and we look forward to seeing you in Tallinn, or later this year in Washington (USA IGF) or Geneva (IGF2017).
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IoT; IGF2017; Ethics; multistakeholder; security; privacy; safety
The Dynamic Coalition on the Internet of Things that was set up during the 2008 meeting of the Internet Governance Forum in Hyderabad aims to come to a global, multistakeholder understanding of “good practice” in the Internet of Things. A draft paper on global good practice and embraced the following Principle has been developed and adopted for further progress:
“Internet of Things Good Practice aims at developing loT systems, products, and services taking ethical considerations into account from the outset, both in the development, deployment and use phases of the life cycle, thus to find an ethical, sustainable way ahead using loT helping to create a free, secure and rights enabling based environment: a future we want, full with safe opportunities to embrace.”
It is our aim to further the multistakeholder dialogue over the coming year. We fully recognise that IoT is global, and that sustainable development (in the sense of the Brundtland definition: a balance of social, economic and environmental factors) can only be the result of an approach in which all stakeholders work together (multistakeholder approach) in an ethical way (ethical by design). This needs to be championed on a global level, by all those committed to the Global good practice for IoT. For EuroDIG 2017, we ask for input in particular relating to the following calls for action:
1- The need to actively pursue clarity on what is legally allowed and/or what is crucial for responsible advancement of IoT, and what not, by developing a (global) taxonomy. We believe it would be important to develop a taxonomy on security sensitivity (need to secure access to IoT data and actuators); on privacy sensitivity (access and integrity of data that can be related to persons), and safety (potential impact of the IoT operations on human beings, for instance driverless cars, health regulators in the body, etc.). a. Such clarity will make developers and deployers of IoT products and services more aware of requirements with regards to these aspects, whereas otherwise the danger is “time to market” will prevail to other considerations; b. Such clarity will take away unnecessary hindrances of IoT developments in areas where there is no need for high attention to security, safety and/or privacy protection which will open the way to more rapid development and deployment;
2- The need to further empower the multistakeholder approach by raising awareness of the issues towards citizens, and ensure their perspective is taken into account. In order to be able to truly develop IoT in a multistakeholder way, all stakeholders need to become aware of the stakes: not only industry and government, but also citizens. An active role towards providing balanced information regarding to IoT related developments would help ensure people step in to the discussion and development at the right time, rather than “wake up one day and realize what they missed – and what has become common practice.”
3- Consider future developments to “guide responsible development” by foresight, while choices are still possible. Hand in hand with the increasing penetration of IoT devices in our societies, also the intelligence of devices and cyber physical systems (i.e. systems in which IoT devices jointly deliver an more or less autonomous service, such as a vehicle, and towards the future maybe even public and private spaces with automatic climate control and other services), it is foreseeable that artificial intelligence will become much higher than human intelligence at some point in the future. How do we ensure the IoT enabled environments that are managed by autonomous and developing (learning) intelligence will continue to serve us in healthy ways? It is important to consider the moral and ethical dimension in this prior to these practices becoming “normal”.
We will also explore possible other issues to be put on the agenda for IGF2017 for a further debate at global level in a multistakeholder way, such as <identifyers>, <unintended consequences awareness>, <dealing with vulnerabilities>, etc.
This meeting is open to all that want to support the global dialogue in this, and we look forward to seeing you in Tallinn, or later this year in Washington (USA IGF) or Geneva (IGF2017).
This meeting is open to all participants. We will introduce the work of the IGF DC IoT and raise the questions as indicated in the summary of this session. The meeting will be moderated, and a report will be posted at the EuroDIG site and http://www.iot-dynamic-coalition.org/
The meeting will be moderated by the Chairman of the IGF DC IoT, Maarten Botterman
Maarten Botterman is Director of ICANN, Chairman of the IGF Dynamic Coalition on the Internet of Things, and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of NLnet Foundation. As independent authority on future Internet and Internet Governance matters he combines insight in new technology potential with user interests to develop strategic opportunities for policy and businesses. He builds on experience as former Director at RAND Corporation (European Office), Scientific Officer European Commission, and Senior Advisor/Head of Unit at the Dutch Ministry of Transport. Chairman IGF DC IoT
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