Citizen issues in policies for Internet of Things

When: 25th Oct 2017, 18:00 - 25th Oct 2017, 21:30
Where: BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA
Town/City: London
Organiser: BCS Communications Management Association (CMA) Specialist Group
Price: Free
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You can’t have missed activity around the Internet of Things. But most of this relates to technical and commercial aspects, and little to the vital human side. So, last year BCS and IoTUK jointly commissioned a study by RAND Europe, whose report is Accelerating the Internet of Things in the UK: Using policy to support practice.

The study included an opinion survey of informed technology users, drawn from a random sample of BCS members. 467 BCS members completed the questionnaire, and if you were one of them, you’ll have an interest in this event and planned follow-up discussion.

The study pointed strongly to the need to put citizens and their interests at the centre of policy debates. Many other people involved with IoT support this conclusion, and feel that more concrete actions are needed to make it a reality. In June, a special workshop discussed the topic, and we’re now throwing it open to BCS members. Issues sparking particular interest included personal data and privacy, trustworthiness and trust, device behaviour and liability, and market power issues.

Questions for this meeting will include:

  • What effects do you expect on your business from the spread of consumer-facing IoT?
  • What actions would help to maximise the benefits (and/or minimise the costs) of these effects?
  • How would you like to see consumers and their representatives involved in such actions?