17 September 2014
With the UK government announcing that it will spend an extra £45m on developing "internet of things" technology, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT is calling for a discussion of the future impact of the internet of things; the inherent challenges and risks, and issues of governance.
A recent survey by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT found that 82% of respondents feel that consumers should have the opportunity to opt out of an internet of things solution and 68% have concerns about privacy in connection with the internet of things.
David Evans, Membership Director, explains: “The Internet of Things is a very exciting technological evolution, where capability and - more importantly - unit costs enable an explosion of sensors and other devices talking to each other and collecting data. Like any technology shift, there are opportunities and risks for the public. The opportunities are overwhelming, but the long term implications for privacy, security and personal freedom are unclear. The main message for the political parties is that they need to get to grips with the issues, developing a vision for what matters in the digital age.”
To examine the implications of the Internet of Things (IoT) for society, businesses and Government, the Institute is hosting fringe events at both the Labour and Conservative autumn party conferences entitled “Internet of Things: Benefits vs Privacy”.
The events will see panellists discussing:
Confirmed panellists for the Labour Party Conference:
Monday 22 September, 17:30 until 18:45, Central 5, Manchester Central
Follow event on #lab14, #IoT, @DodsEvents @BCS_policy
The panellists for the Conservative Party Conference:
Monday 29 September, 12:30 - 14:00, Hall 10B, The ICC, Birmingham
Follow the event on Twitter: Conservative on #cpc14, #IoT, @DodsEvents @BCS_policy
Further information can be found at: www.bcs.org/policyhub