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Tuesday, December 19 • 15:00 - 16:00
DC on Internet of Things

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The IGF Dynamic Coalition on the Internet of Things (IoT) brings together stakeholders from all over the world to engage in a dialogue on “good practice” in IoT, with the intent to find a realistic and long term sustainable way forward.

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 developing at increasing speed and rapidly becoming a necessity in many sectors, in order to be able to provide services that otherwise would not have been possible or affordable. At the same time, over the last year the IoT has also been used in DDOS attacks and for other criminal and/or harmful actions.With this, establishing a global bottom line of good practice is becoming increasing urgent to ensure we find ourselves in a world that respects and supports people and society, and that offers effective and affordable services for all.

The DC workshop is oriented around 3 key issues 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. Securing the IoT is a key issue, in the knowing the IoT is fulfilling increasingly critical functions, that IoT devices remain in use for often indefinite times, and have been used over the past year for DDOS attacks etc.
    1. What incentives for industry to ensure sufficient security
    2. What can technology development do to enhance security in ways that can be embraced by users;
    3. How can standard setting help;
  2. IoT to address societal challenges: Overall, IoT was seen as “coming” and “promising” and necessary to be able to address specific societal challenges. In this it is important to ensure developing countries can and will benefit from IoT applications as well, such as in agriculture and disaster warning systems:
    1. How to ensure affordability of key technologies
    2. What can/should be done in terms of capacity building
    3. How can standard setting help
  3. The third element is the “safety net” element: how can we ensure independent trusted expertise is available to further explore whether systems are doing what they promise, and attributing actions and responsibilities. And what can be done to provide insurance for systems failing.

Feedback and suggestions are welcome.


  1. Opening, introduction of the why and what of the draft declaration on IoT Best Practices by Maarten Botterman, Chairman DC IoT, ICANN Board, (5 min.)
  2. Background to the draft declaration: history and thoughts on ways forward by Wolfgang Kleinwaechter, founding member of DT IoT, University of Arhus (5 min.)
  3. Panel, moderated, with 6 representatives from all sectors (20 min.)
  4. Open discussion with all participants and panel), moderated by Avri Doria (30 min.)

Committed contributors:

For this session, we have asked representatives from government, industry, civil society and the technical community to prepare some opening statements in the full understanding that IoT is inevitable, and an increasing part of the fabric of our society; and that it comes with challenges we need to address, from multiple stakeholders' perspectives, in order to make sure we are building a society we are willing to live in. 
We are looking forward to introductions by the following delegates: 

  • Dr. Daniela Brönstrup has been Deputy Director-General for Digital Policy, Postal Policy, International Affairs, and Media in the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) since autumn 2015. Previously, she was head of unit for International and European Economic and Monetary Affairs as well as Financial Policy at BMWi. From 2007 to 2010, she was responsible for economics, finance, labour and social security at the Federal President's Office. Ms. Brönstrup was part of the German Delegation that participated to the G7 meeting in Torino that adapted the “Torino Declaration”, see here: http://www.g7italy.it/sites/default/files/documents/G7_ICT_and_Industruy_Ministers%27_Declaration_2017.pdf
  • Sebastián Bellagamba is the Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean for the Internet Society. Prior to joining ISOC, Sebastián worked in the Internet Service Providers industry, founding and running several ISPs in Argentina and also managing regional Latin America operations. At that time, he was also President of the Argentine Internet Industry Association (CABASE). ISOC has developed a white paper on IoT to inform the debate from an Internet user’s perspective: see https://www.internetsociety.org/resources/doc/2015/iot-overview
  • Marco Hogewoning is External Relations Officer - Technical Advisor with the RIPE NCC. As part of the External Relations team, he helps lead the RIPE NCC's engagement with membership, the RIPE community, government, law enforcement and other Internet stakeholders. He is very active on IoT policies development from a technical community perspective, and has been instrumental in setting up a specific working group at RIPE, see here: https://www.ripe.net/participate/ripe/wg/iot
  • Eric Loeb is AT&T SVP - International External & Legislative Affairs.  His work supports the AT&T international portfolios, including fixed, mobile and satellite platforms, for the delivery of communications, entertainment and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. For a peak at AT&T’s IoT portfolio, look at https://www.business.att.com/solutions/Portfolio/internet-of-things/
  • Arthur van der Wees (www.arthurslegal.com): legal expert in IoT, security and data protection with a global footprint. Arthur is founding member of the Alliance for IoT Innovation (AIOTI) (www.aioti.org), co-author of the IoT Handbooks 2016 and 2017 of IERC, and Board Director of the Institute for Accountability and Internet Democracy.


Avri Doria is a Principal Researcher with Technicalities, a research group supporting human rights and public interest concerns. She is a key contributor to the work of DC IoT, and Board Member of ICANN. She has been deeply involved in a variety of functions within ICANN and GNSO since 2005. In 2005 she was elected to the GNSO council to represent the NCSG. In 2013 she served as a member of the Accountability and Transparency Review Team that reviewed ICANN’s governance model. In June 2014 at ICANN 50 in London, Avri received the first ever ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos Award. 


The IGF DC IoT is an open, global platform that proposes 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. The text of the IoT Global Good Practice paper can be found and commented at https://www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/internet-of-things-good-practice-policies-dc-on-internet-of-things.  

Chairman of the DC IoT is Maarten Botterman is Director of GNKS Consult BV and has over 25 years relevant experience on Internet and IT Technologies, Governance, and how it affects the way we work, live and organize our societies. He is Chairman of the IGF Dynamic Coalition since IGF 2014. Currently, he is. also Board Member of ICANN, Chairman of the Policy Expert Group of PICASSO, and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of NLnet Foundation. His work has included projects of relevance for IoT since 2001, including recent work on standards, security, and data protection. For more information on his work see www.gnksconsult.com.

Please watch this space for further updates.For more information on the Coalition, please go to http://www.iot-dynamic-coalition.org/


Session Organizers
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Maarten Botterman

Board Director, ICANN
As an active participant of the global Internet community my main interests are in internet governance issues, and emerging issues such as the need to continuously improve the working and thus justified trust in the Internet, including Internet of Things, big data, privacy & data... Read More →

Tuesday December 19, 2017 15:00 - 16:00 CET
Room XXIII - E United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)