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IGF 2019 Accountable development, purchase and use of IoT


Dynamic Coalition on the Internet of Things

Round Table - Circle - 90 Min


While IoT development and deployment continues to expand and grow, it is also welcome that there are more and more actors in the world seeking ways forward that will allow it to do so in a responsible manner. With IoT becoming all pervasive, and increasingly a key part of our critical infrastructures, taking ethical considerations into account from the outset has become key. A precondition for responsible IoT is that it is "secure enough" to be used responsibly. The DC IoT is currently exploring what "ethical considerations" have to be taken into account, and what can be done to come to a base-level approach for further secure roll-out and use of IoT devices, that can be trusted to be used for their purpose, and not to harm their users, or the security and stability of the Internet, itself. During the IGF session, the focus will be on the following themes: 1- What ethical considerations are important for development, deployment and use of IoT, in order to ensure that we are creating sustainable solutions with IoT? Aspects to be considered range from affordability and deployability where needed, to transparency of choice; clarity on data sharing and protection of privacy; 2- What prerequisites are important from a security perspective, to ensure that IoT can be trusted not to be harmful to its users, nor the wider Internet; for example by, for example, being weaponised as a tool for DDOS attacks. 3- Looking ahead – which issues will become relevant in the future for IoT development today”. This provides an open microphone for new issues to tackle in the context of future use of IoT. The workshop will be run as an open workshop in which all participants are welcome to contribute. A number of key participants from different stakeholder groups will be invited to contribute to the discussion as "committed contributors", for brief thematic statement to which questions and reactions will be invited. Provisional agenda for the workshop: 1 - Opening by Maarten Botterman, Chairman of the DC IoT; welcoming participants and explaining the rationale behind the work of the DC IoT and the intent of the workshop; 2 - Moderated discussion with a limited number of "committed contributors", moderated by Avri Doria. Contributions will be provided by the Internet Society; the World Economic Forum; government officials involved in national initiatives; Google and others to be confirmed); 3 - Draft conclusions by rapporteur and chair, and closure.


Maarten Botterman, GNKS Consult BV Wolfgang Kleinwaechter, University of Arhus, GCSC Avri Doria, Technicalities Dan Caprio, The Providence Group Nigel Hickson, ICANN Peter Koch, DENIC


Chair: Maarten Botterman Moderator: Avri Doria, Technicalities Rapporteur: Ryan Triplette, Canary Global Strategic Speakers to be announced,including: government officials, Internet Society, World Economic Forum, Google, GFCE, ICANN, RIPE NCC, and others.


GOAL 2: Zero Hunger
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-Being
GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
GOAL 12: Responsible Production and Consumption
GOAL 13: Climate Action
GOAL 14: Life Below Water
GOAL 15: Life on Land
GOAL 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Contact Information

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Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

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