PL 2: IoT - A sustainable way forward

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Session teaser

The Growing Internet of (Your) Things: from sensors to security

Session description

The Internet of Things is rapidly developing, primarily driven by businesses that see opportunities for profit through new business and business models. But other key players also include public administrations and non-profit institutions that see the IoT as an opportunity to address societal challenges in efficient ways that were not available before.

Evolution from machine to machine technology to the growing IoT networks raises challenges at every level that can become barriers to adoption when not addressed. New masses of data are generated by our things and then shared between objects. Smart algorithms can combine this information but also changes the meaning of privacy and security. Ignoring security and standardization threatens the longevity of IoT products.

The IoT has become a real game changer. How do we adapt to this new reality? What is needed most in order to create an environment that fosters positive evolution of the IoT, allowing us as businesses and society to benefit fully? And what role is there for the different stakeholders?


Internet of Things; IoT; ethical; multistakeholder; dignity; fair use; ethical by design; privacy; GDPR


The stage will be set with a short overview of the results of the dialogue on IoT during the 10th IGF in Joao Pessoa, November 2015. Following this, representatives of key stakeholder groups ("multistakeholder panel") will highlight in short statements (<5 minutes) how they feel about where we are, today, and what needs to happen, next, in order to ensure a healthy progress of IoT development and deployment in the world.

Following this, two short keynotes will inform the discussion:

  1. Progressing IoT in a broad societal coalition: European Commission/AIOTI initiative;
  2. Putting privacy and data protection in perspective: European Data Privacy Officer for progressing IoT in a responsible way, in the context of the GDPR and privacy shield.

After this, there will be a moderated discussion in which all participants can take part. The moderators switches between the audience and the "multistakeholder panel" as appropriate. The session will be closed with a preliminary conclusion by the moderators

Further reading


  • Focal Point: ID 4 - Maarten Botterman, Chair of the Dynamic Coalition IoT
  • Key participants
  • Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Assistant EDPS
  • Mario Campolargo, Director for Net Futures, European Commission DG CONNECT
  • Maria Farrell, Senior Consultant, Interconnect Communications
  • Paul Rendek, Director of External Relations, RIPE NCC
  • Robert McDougall, Vodafone Head of Enterprise Public Policy; Chair of the AIOTI Policy Working Group (WG4)
  • Moderator: Maarten Botterman, Independent Strategic Advisor, GNKS Consult
  • Remote moderator: André Melancia, Microsoft Certified Trainer / Developer / DBA
  • Org team
    • ID 61, 64, 65 - Karen McCabe and Justin Caseo, IEEE
    • ID 80 - Stacie Walsh, InterConnect Communications
    • ID 98 – Chris Buckridge, RIPE NCC
    • ID - Lee Hibbard, Peter Kimpian and Sophie KWASNY, Council of Europe
  • Reporter: Avri Doria

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Transcript: A sustainable way forward


What if maybe not 10 years from now but 15 years from now, our environments are fully IOT enabled? And they're not only observing us but also doing things for us, and learning how to take care of us. They're learning what is best for us. What would such an environment be like? Do we need a law of ethics for the learning IOT networks for the future?

  • IOT needs to be open and interoperable safe and reliable - easier for developers
  • Law is not enough to protect and is not the main factor. Regulation is important, but most important is an ethical approach from the design phase onwards and the development of technical tools to deal with complexity in protecting privacy.
  • Transformational capacity of IOT recognized by all. But it needs to be trusted.
  • As with all the wonderful things it carries a negative side. Life unobserved is going to disappear. The existing privacy rules are inadequate,
  • We have to consider that IOT is just part of the continuum of the Internet growing and not the disruption some see.
  • It was questioned whether IOT technology and policy are being done in an open, and transparent and inclusive manner?
  • Will IOT have a dehumanizing effect. If so, how can this be mitigated
  • How do we bring the multistakeholder model of participatory democracy to bear on IOT. Many partnerships still ignore civil society. How can civil society be brought into the discussion, brought into the balance?
  • Will people be able to define how they interact with new technology. Can they pick and choose? What choices with people have?
  • IOT is moving out of the experimental stage into production. This creates new responsibilities.
  • How do we avoid the dystopic aspects of a world with IOT?

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