Submitted Proposals

Organization: ENSTA
Title :
78. Internet of Things
Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme including its importance and relevance to the IGF.

The Internet of Things is an emergent field of utmost importance in the Internet Governance.

The workshop shall address firstly ethical, privacy and security issues because they are central questions taht shall be the rationale for technical choices. These issues shall not be afterthoughts after decisions have been taken for technical and financial reasons.

The long term security and reliability of e-commerce and industrial management; within a global sustainable development perspective, should be also prime concerns over short term technical arrangements.

The Name Space of the Internet of Things is expected to be several order of magnitude larger than the current Name Space of today's Internet, and raises several issues.

Does the MIT Object Naming Service (ONS), not yet fully operational, that aims to tells computer systems where to locate information on the Internet about any object that carries an ePC (electronic Product Code) constitutes the only option?

Other schemes are being proposed ( Contribution to the ITU TDAG (6-8 February 2008, ITU, Geneva, Switzerland ). The Handle system appears very well suited, specificially in terms of security and independance with the Internet of persons.

A distinct network, yet interconnected with the Internet of persons, features a distinct advantage in terms of ethical and privacy issues, where a clear technical separation may be provided between things and persons.
Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite. Describe the main actors in the field and whether you have you approached them about their willingness to participate in proposed workshop.

Robert Kahn (CNRI) : The Handle System for the Internet of Things.

Bernard Benhamou Delégué aux Usages de l'internet ( French government , initiator of the Internet of Things - Internet of the Future EU meeting - his blog ) : Internet of Things : The European Perspective on Privacy

Brice Lancon ( SAFRAN Group ) Global Monitoring for Environment and Security ’ (GMES) (Canceled)

Francis Muguet ( ENSTA ) : The challenges of the Internet of Things

Discussions with the audience.


Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups. Describe how you will take steps to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including geographical diversity.

Chantal LEBRUMENT ( SAFRAN ) lead organizer,

Dr. Francis MUGUET ( ENSTA ) co-organizer

Since this is a new field, the technical expertise for the moment is located in developed countries.
Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?

By design, this workshop is all about bringing different perspectives about the Internet of Things.


The various approaches for the name space of the Internet of Things are going to be discussed, as well as

ethical and legal perspectives.

Please explain how the workshop will address issues relating to Internet governance and describe how the workshop conforms with the Tunis Agenda in terms of substance and the mandate of the IGF.


The topic is in agreement with the mandate of the IGF to Facilitate discourse between bodies dealing with different cross-cutting international public policies regarding the Internet and discuss issues that do not fall within the scope of any existing body.

As a follow-up of this workshop as well as the other workshop on the same topic, a Dynamic Coalition on the Internet of Things has been formed.
List similar events you and/or any other IGF workshops you have organized in the past.


The event on this topis follows a successfull national event on this topic.

SAFRAN Group, Eurolinc & GS1: L'Internet des Objets: Identification, RFID et Multilinguisme ( 18 avril 2008, Paris, France )

Were you part of organizing a workshop last year? Which one? Did you submit a workshop report?


World Digital Forum - Low cost ICTs to bridge the digital divide ( 15 November 2007, 10H30-12H Pardo I, Internet Governance Forum, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

on other topics at IGF:

workshop on Interoperable multilingual directories and solutions provided by the semantic web ( 12 November , 13H - 14H30, Alhambra II ) at the Internet Governance Forum ( Schedule )

:IGF linguistic diversity dynamic coaltion meetings in Athens and Rio.

The workshop on Interoperable multilingual directories and solutions provided by the semantic web
submitted a report.

the IGF linguistic diversity dynamic coaltion has submitted its Rio session report