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No. 61 Policies and practices to enable the Internet of Things

Lorrayne Porciuncula


IGF 2014 sub theme that this workshop fall under

Emerging Issues


This session brings together policy makers, business and civil society to discuss how to best enable the Internet of Things (IoT). In the coming decade billions of devices in homes and businesses will be connected.

The workshop will enable an interactive exchange and discussion in six areas:

• Openness: The development and deployment of IoT needs to be inclusive, innovation promoted and the role of competition underlined.
• Trust: IoT devices and systems will collect and store enormous amounts of public and private data often in new realms of our daily lives. This should be subject to the highest standards and good practices that enable the protection of personal privacy and the exploitation of public goods that such data may enable for economic and social development.
• Access to (public sector) information: Public sector actors need to view sharing data as a key function. Private sector actors may need new frameworks in which they can share data, which could be beneficial to society as a whole.
• Numbering: The deployment of IPv6 is essential to the IoT as well as the role of other identifiers that extends to the numbers in mobile networks, such as telephone and IMSI-numbers.
• Spectrum: Many IoT devices will require wireless connections. Access to spectrum is therefore critical.
• Jobs and skills: IoT will push a further revolution in manufacturing, transport and many other fields with implications for skills and employment.

It is critical that all stakeholders identify the governance issues and share best practices.


1. Opening remarks on policies and practices to enable the Internet of Things (IoT) by the moderator of the workshop, Mr. Rudolf van der Berg.

2. Interventions by

a. Mr. Jari Arkko, Chair of the IETF
b. Minister Pablo Marquez, Chairman and Executive Director of the Colombian Commission for the Regulation of Communications
c. Mr. Claudio Contini, CEO of Telecom Italia Digital Solution
d. Prof. Jaiyong Lee, Co-chair of Steering Committee, Hyper Connected Society Forum, Korean Government and Professor at Yonsei University
e. Khairil Yusof, Project Coordinator of Sinar Project

3. Questions by the moderator to the panellists and interaction between speakers

4. Moderator will open the floor for audience questions and remote participation

5. Discussion

Name(s) and stakeholder and organizational affiliation(s) of institutional co-organizer(s)

• Lorrayne Porciuncula
• Inter-governmental organisation

• Mr. Sukham Sung
• Government
• Korean Government

• Verena Weber
• Government
• Colombian Telecom Regulator – CRC

• Lorenzo Pupillo
• Private Sector
• Executive Director Public & Regulatory Affairs, Telecom Italia

Has the proposer, or any of the co-organizers, organized an IGF workshop before?


The link to the workshop report


Type of session


Duration of proposed session


Subject matter #tags that describe the workshop

#IoT #M2M #governance #trust #innovation

Names and affiliations (stakeholder group, organization) of speakers the proposer is planning to invite

• Rudolf van der Berg
• Inter-governmental organisation
• Speaker confirmed

• Prof. Jaiyong Lee
• Government and Academy
• Co-chair of Steering Committee, Hyper Connected Society Forum, Korean Government and Professor at Yonsei University
• Speaker confirmed

• Pablo Márquez
• Government
• Chairman and Executive Director of the Colombian Commission for the Regulation of Communications
• Speaker confirmed

• Claudio Contini
• Private Sector
• CEO of Telecom Italia Digital Solution
• Speaker confirmed

• Jari Arkko
• Civil Society/Standardisation organisation
• Chair of the IETF
• Speaker confirmed

• Khairil Yusof
• Civil Society
• Project Coordinator of Sinar Project, Malaysia, and 2014 Seed Award Prize Winner
• Speaker confirmed

Name of Moderator(s)

Rudolf van der Berg

Name of Remote Moderator(s)

Verena Weber

Description of how the proposer plan to facilitate discussion amongst speakers, audience members and remote participants

The moderator will start with a short introduction of the speakers and set the scene. Each of the speakers will then have 7-10 minutes to highlight the top governance problems they see for the Internet of Things and how they propose addressing these. The moderator will then ask some questions to the panelists, after which the floor is open to the audience and the remote participants.

Description of the proposer's plans for remote participation

Remote participation will be facilitated by the use of Twitter and the hashtag #IGF_IOT. In addition, prior to the IGF contacts will be made with relevant organisations and people to entice them to participate remotely.

Background paper

background paper

Brief substantive summary of the workshop and presentation of the main issues that were raised during the discussions

The Workshop discussed some of the main trends of the Internet of Things and its implications for policy makers. The moderator introduced the discussion by providing estimates for the Internet of Things and the number of connected devices. Panellists presented some of the perspectives from the Internet technical community, government, private sector and civil society on some of the developments and challenges around IoT.

The presentations addressed IoT applications in areas of public transportation, production chains, environment conservation, energy and water management, agriculture, health, government services and others. Panellists also tackled the many challenges that expanding IoT services face, such as dealing with privacy and security concerns; enhancing interoperability between platforms and devices; supporting standardization; ensuring that there will be sufficient spectrum, address and identifying spaces in the future; promoting competition and a level-playing field; and improving regulatory framework in the rapidly-changing and global ecosystem of IoT services.

The open discussion with the audience and online participants raised questions and debate on user participation in the development of new applications; heterogeneity of IoT devices and their specific needs; management of IoT systems; and use and re-use of data produced by IoT applications. The workshop was brought to a close after all panellists had interacted in a last round with participants regarding security and privacy concerns in IoT services.

Conclusions drawn from the workshop and possible follow up actions

Some of the advice provided by the panellist were to:

• Improving access to numbering resources;
• Reducing artificial constraints to IoT future growth by guaranteeing sufficient address and identifying spaces;
• Stimulating an open, interoperable and harmonized IoT ecosystem
• Enhancing the trust from users by continuing efforts towards finding solutions to privacy and security concerns;
• Fostering clear rules and non-fragmented regulatory frameworks that advance investment and innovation in IoT;
• Disseminating guidelines and IoT best practices to inform policy makers and government agencies;
• Keeping capacity building for IoT in developing countries open so as to flexible professionals;
• Promoting a global collaboration on resolving IoT challenges; and
• Addressing Internet Governance issues through the lenses of not only how the Internet is today, but how it will be in the future.

Estimation of the overall number of participants present at the workshop


Estimation of the overall number of women present at the workshop

about half of the participants were women

Extent to that the workshop discuss gender equality and/or women’s empowerment

it was not seen as related to the workshop’s theme and was not raised

A brief summary of the discussions in case that the workshop addressed issues related to gender equality and/or women’s empowerment

Not applicable

Reported by

Lorrayne Porciuncula, OECD

Workshop transcript


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