BCS and IoTUK call for IoT policy standards

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A new report has pointed out the potential policy implications of Internet of Things (IoT) developments and highlights a number of priority topics for further consideration.

The ‘Accelerating The Internet of Things In The UK – Using Policy to Support Practice’ report was jointly commissioned by the British Computer Society (BCS) and IoTUK.

Based on research carried out by RAND Europe, the report highlights a number of key policy questions, according to BCS and IoTUK. These include what the policy community can do to help accelerate the development of interoperable standards in IoT nationally and internationally.

The report also questions what steps can be taken by the policy community to create opportunities for effective collaborative networks involving citizens, industry, academia and government.

What can be done to infuse and sustain a culture of collaboration among the different stakeholders in the IoT ecosystem was also questioned by the report.

It also looked at ways to disseminate this evidence in a transparent and accessible manner to the various stakeholders in the emerging IoT marketplace.

David Evans, policy director at BCS, said that the IoT has enormous potential, but that legal, moral and ethical issues surrounding the adoption must be considered.

He said: “Not only must we get privacy and security right in order to realise the benefits, we need to understand and evaluate whether the realities of deployment are consistent with the social good we’re aiming for.

“There are numerous challenges around, trust, data privacy and security that, while not new, are incredibly heightened by this technology. Government has to look at this strategically and in a broader context rather than simply responding to individual issues.”

The report recommends the need for public consultation to develop tools to inform and discuss concerns around the topic. BCS and IoTUK said the infrastructure and business processes must also be developed in order for the potential benefits to be fully realised.