The State of Responsible Internet of Things

I few days ago, we published The State of Responsible Internet of Things. Its a collection of essays by some of Europe’s brightest minds about the Internet of Things, compiled by ThingsCon and published online on medium, as well as on Github.

Topics covered range from transparent design principles, open business strategies, smart and connected cities all the way to health in IoT and IoT in emerging markets. With this report, we want to highlight various perspectives on how to build an Internet of Things for everyone – and to share some practical and critical thoughts, as well as some open questions and challenges when it comes to building connected objects and services.

With „Controlling Machines – AI, intentions, and games and in the IoT“ I contributed an essay myself. It touches on what it means for us as users and people, if we infuse our objects with AI – and what we can do to understand this properly.

The current version of the report is open by design: Not only are all articles published under a Creative Commons license (CC by-nc-sa), we shared all articles also to be found and and forked over on GitHub. In addition we will also be adding to the current collection of essays. So, if you would like to contribute a piece, please do get in touch!

The report stems from the ThingsCon network, a global community of IoT practitioners dedicated to fostering the creation of a human-centric & responsible Internet of Things. You can learn more about ThingsCon over here – and join a local event in your region. You can also follow us on twitter.

ThingsCon15 in WIRED

[S]ome of the most interesting discussions centered on the need for sober, critical thinking about the Internet of Things.

One product of ThingsCon is the “IoT Manifesto.” Written by designers for other designers, it addresses high-level concerns about the IoT in the form of 10 pledges. Designers are encouraged to “build and promote a culture of privacy,” “empower users to be the master of their domain,” and be “deliberate about what data we collect.” Its most provocative pledge might be its first: “We don’t believe the hype.” It acknowledges an important fact about the Internet of Things: There’s a lot of action—but there’s also a lot of unconsidered design.


WIRED writes about ThingsCon, the IOT Manifesto and the importance of taking ethics, context, and impact into account when designing for the Internet of Things.

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