IGF 2023 DC-IoT Progressing Global Good Practice for the Internet of Things

Wednesday, 11th October, 2023 (00:45 UTC) - Wednesday, 11th October, 2023 (02:15 UTC)
Room J
Dynamic Coalition on the Internet of Things

Round Table - 90 Min


This session is organized by DC IoT in collaboration with DC CIV and with support of DC IS3C and open to collaborate with other IGF Policy Networks and Dynamic Coalitions, where appropriate. Our aim is to advance a clear global sense of Good Practice on IoT. This builds upon the “Internet of Things Good Practice Principle” that was recognized by the DC IoT during the IGF 2019:

"Internet of Things Good Practice aims at developing loT systems, products, and services taking ethical considerations into account from the outset, in the development, deployment and use phases of the life cycle, thus finding an ethical, sustainable way ahead using loT to help to create a free, secure and rights enabling based environment: a future we want."

For our session at the IGF 2023 we plan for a roundtable and invited the following contributors to provide input to a moderated discussion:

- Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist, Google – for his view of global good practice to optimize the use of the IoT and mitigate associated risks by promoting standards, interoperability and critical thinking;

- Orly Lobel, Professor of Law at San Diego University – to focus on the impact of AI on the IoT, and how technology can make a difference for the benefit of society in an inclusive way (e.g., Tech4Good). She calls on policy makers to adopt a comparative perspective that recognizes human fallibility and the flaws and advantages of new digital technology.

- Hiroshi Esaki, Professor at Tokyo University and President of JPNIC –addressing the role of IoT in buildings factories, campuses and cities (including power infrastructures), in the context of global infrastructure design data center and AI and cyber security for IoT.

- Sarah T. Kiden, Design researcher at Northumbria University - on co-designing IoT with local users and supporting communities to ensure that the wider implications of IoT technologies are taken into appropriate account to shape and influence future deployments and how to embed values like trust, safety and integrity into the design processes of IoT devices.

- Alessandro Pisanti/Olivier Crépin-Leblond, DC CIV – on a Core Internet Values perspective in which concepts like best-effort, interoperability, openness, robustness, decentralization, end-to-end, scalability and permissionless innovation both affect and are affected by the expansion of the IoT in different scenarios (e.g., whether the IoT’s development is inertial, less regulated or more strongly regulated than present.) The increased prevalence of AI tools within the IoT is an emerging challenge.

The Outcome of this IGF 2023 roundtable will be an issues document on lessons learned from 15 years of global engagement of the DC IoT within the IGF setting. Our aim is to use this as the basis for developing a publication to be published prior to the Summit of the Future in September 2024, with the – provisional – title: 15 Years of IOT Discussions within the IGF: Where we are and where we have to go".


- Maarten Botterman, ICANN Board; GNKS Consult; DC IoT Chair; Netherlands

- Jonathan Cave, University of Warwick, DC IoT; UK

- Dan Caprio, Providence Group, DC IoT; USA

- Olivier Crépin-Leblond, DC CIV Chair; France

- Avri Doria, Technicalities, ICANN Board, DC IoT; USA

- Sarah T. Kiden, Northumbria University, Uganda

- Wolfgang Kleinwaechter, University of Aarhus, former DC IoT Chair ; Germany

- Wout de Natris, de Natris Consult, DC IS3C Chair; Netherlands

- Shane Tews, Logan CIrcle Strategies, former DC IoT Chair, USA


Vint Cerf, Google, USA

Hiroshi Esaki, University of Tokyo, President JPNIC Board of Directors, Japan

Orly Lobel, University of San Diego; USA

Sarah T. Kiden, Northumbrai University, Uganda

Alejandro Pisanty/Olivier Crépin-Leblond, ,DC CIV

Onsite Moderator
Maarten Botterman & Olivier Crépin-Leblond
Online Moderator
Avri Doria
Jonathan Cave

2. Zero Hunger, 2.3, 3. Good Health and Well-Being, 4. Quality Education, 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth, 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities, 12. Responsible Production and Consumption, 13. Climate Action, 14. Life Below Water, 15. Life on Land

Targets: - Goal 2 End hunger: specifically 2.3 double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers (but also 2.1 and 2.2), in particular by providing access to information via the Internet in local languages, and providing opportunities to trade crop locally, and regionally, using Internet based trade platforms; - Goal 3 Ensure healthy lives: by facilitating access to health knowledge, health warnings, and care via the Internet in local languages, and local language scripts, including by linking IoT to existing mobile communications (m-health) and using IoT devices (e.g., cheap wearables) to magnify the reach and effectiveness of healthcare and to provide better surveillance of health conditions (including diseases and other public health issues).; - Goal 4 Quality education: providing access to education and child care, and knowledge, enabling 'joined up' learning in resource-poor environments , via the Internet in local languages and local language scripts; - Goal 8 Economic growth and jobs: Sustainable economic growth will require societies to create the conditions that allow people to have quality jobs that stimulate the economy while not harming the environment. This will include access to training and knowledge for work, as well as access to the market place, and being able to do so via the Internet using local language and local language scripts will be key; - Goal 9 Resilient infrastructure and sustainable industry: in particular 9.B Support domestic technology development, research and innovation in developing countries, and 9.C Significantly increase access to information and communications technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020, as local language use and local language script use via the Internet will be a key enabler; - Goal 11 Sustainable cities and settlements: in particular 11.1 By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums – having access to services means people will need to be able to access it in their local language and local language scripts; and 11.3 By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries – for participation to be possible for all, local languages and local language scripts are a sine qua non; - Goal 12: Sustainable consumption and production: in particular 12.8 By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature will require access to such information via the Internet in local languages and local language scripts. Same is also true for Goal 13 Climate action; and 16 Peace, justice and strong institutions with regards to broad access to information. - Goal 13, 14 and 15 Sustainable environment related: measuring and feedback loops;