10th IGF, Joao Pessoa, 2015

to Dynamic Coalition on Internet of Things Workshop at 10th IGF

12 November 2015, 09:00 – 10:30, Workshop Room 3, Joao Pessoa, Brazil

Since the 3rd Internet Governance Forum (IGF) meeting in Hydrabad (2008), IoT has been on the agenda for multi-stakeholder discussions of all IGFs, and the Dynamic Coalition on IoT continues to raise attention for the potential as well as challenges of the emergence of a world in which increasing amounts of sensors and actuators connected to the Internet and collect, act and share data, with other things and people.
The Internet of Things is still in early stages, and in many ways new possibilities are developed and discovered beyond our imagination, and we welcome it for its potential to help alleviate specific societal challenges where it can. Following the DC meeting during the IGF in Istanbul in 2014 and subsequent meetings during 2015, we came to the conclusion that in order to foster both innovation and user trust in the Internet of Things, like the Internet, a careful balance should be struck between regulation and innovation. Consequently, we have started to explore what principles we should embrace to ensure that

  1. innovation and beneficial application of IoT can foster and at the same time
  2. society is comfortable with the way these products and services are set up.

We came to understand that the way forward is to be found in taking ethical considerations into account from the outset, both in the development, deployment and use phases of the life cycle, thus to find a sustainable way ahead using IoT helping to create a free, secure and enabling rights based environment. This has resulted in a draft Statement that can be found here for download as PDF-File or as editable Word-File.
This statement is on the table for this session. During the session, and over the coming year we want to further explore what “ethical” actually means in this global context, and how a commitment to such an ethical approach could look like.
Reference to the DC’s earlier work can be found on the IGF’s website section on DCs and on the DC IoT website at https://www.iot-dynamic-coalition.org/.
The DC workshop will be orientated around 5 key ideas that are reflecting our current thinking working towards a common appreciation of IoT good practice in 2016. These ideas are at the core of the draft declaration on IoT best practice that has been published on the IGF website. The ideas on which we would like to receive feedback are:

  1. In order to develop the Internet of Things in a sustainable way developers and deployers need to commit to an ethical approach, taking into consideration that the IoT is really about people and how it affects people;
  2. Good practice in IoT products, ecosystems and services require meaningful transparency to users and user control of data produced by or associated with an application, ensuring security and privacy;
  3. Products that can be connected to the Internet should come with a clear indication on the data that gets collected, where the data are stored, and what the conditions for access are;
  4. Stakeholders should work together to ensure consumers/citizens have choice when wanting to obtain current/popular services;
  5. In order to establish a long term relevance of IoT products and services it will be key to establish a clear framework on transparency and accountability, with respect for current legislation and pre-empting changes in values and needs of citizens.

Following the session, a report will be presented in draft to all participants that were identified, and after a review period the meeting report will be posted. In addition, the draft declaration will be updated to reflect the sense of the IGF meeting.
As for all DC’s that wanted to share a (draft) declaration, the DC IoT declaration is on line and open for comments. All comments prior to the day of the workshop will be considered by the Chair of the DC and will be reflected as much as possible in his opening statement to the meeting, when introducing the draft declaration. In addition, the ideas underlying the draft declaration will have been presented on-line (as well as physically in the IGF conference facility) to the community, and feedback is welcome on that, too – via the facilities offered by the IGF secretariat.
When streaming of the session is available, questions will be taken via the remote moderator to the session.

Background paper

The draft declaration can be found at http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/component/content/article?id=1217:dynamic-coalition-on-the-internet-of-things.
Other DC documents including reports on earlier sessions can be found on the DC IoT website at https://www.iot-dynamic-coalition.org/.


  1. Opening, introduction of the why and what of the draft declaration on IoT Best Practices by Maarten Botterman, Chairman DC IoT, Public Interest Registry Board (industry) (10 min.)
  2. Background to the draft declaration: history and thoughts on ways forward by Wolfgang Kleinwaechter, University of Arhus, ICANN Board (technical community) (10 min.)
  3. Panel, moderated by Avri Doria, with representatives from all sectors (30 min.) with:
    1. Megan Richards, European Commission – confirmed
    2. Max Senges, Google – confirmed
    3. Olga Cavelli, ITU-T SG20 on IoT Standards – confirmed
    4. Jari Arkko, IETF – confirmed
    5. Carlos A. Afonso, CGI Board – confirmed
    6. Joseph Aldaheff, ORACLE, ICC Basis – confirmed
  4. Open discussion with all participants and panel, moderated by Avri Doria (40 min.)

All with an interest in participating to the DC IoT workshop are welcome to join. You are recommended to read the draft declaration prior to the event. In addition, the IGF Secretariat has enabled an online forum to review the ideas behind the work of the DC IoT: see http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/surveys.
Looking forward to seeing you in Joao Pessoa, if you can make it. If not, please feel free to contribute on-line.