Policies and Practices to Enable the Internet of Things

4 September 2014 - A Workshop on Other in Istanbul, Turkey

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