Internet of Things (IoT)


Microsoft signed on a strategic cooperation memorandum with the district government of Pudong New Area (Shanghai) to launch an artificial intelligence and Internet of Things lab in Shanghai. The lab is expected to be open in April and it will focus on accelerating the deployment of artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, and cloud computing services in retail, healthcare, and finance sectors.

In a press conference focused on China’s financial policy, Lian Weiliang, the deputy head of China’s National Development and Reform Commission highlighted China’s determination to continue investing in Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and 5G in the upcoming years.


The US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) issued a statement urging consumers to be precautious when using Internet connected devices they might received as gifts during the holiday season. The main recommendations were to use strong passwords, to evaluate security settings, to update the product software, and to connect carefully.


The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) published a report on how new technologies open up opportunities for leapfrogging in developing countries that have limited capabilities, which is the concept of “bypassing intermediate stages of technology through which countries have historically passed during the development process”. However, this necessitates innovation policies to uphold the deployment of frontier technologies and their adaptation to meet their needs, to promote sustainable development. The report notes that rapid technological advances and cost reductions in ICT have enabled some developing countries, particularly in Asia and Africa, to skip the development of landline infrastructure by moving directly to mobile telecommunications. According to the report, countries need strategic innovation policies, sound infrastructure and institutions, and appropriate technological standards to promote leapfrogging.

The European Commission approved a plan by France, Germany, Italy, and the UK to give €1.75 billion in public funds to support a joint research and innovation project in microelectronics, specifically ones related to IoT projects and connected / driverless cars. The project's aim is to promote the development of technological components (e.g. chips, integrated circuits, and sensors) that can be installed in applications such as consumer devices, automated vehicles, commercial devices, and industrial devices.

US House of Representatives member Robin Kelly introduces Internet of things (IoT) Federal Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2018. Introduced at the US House of Representatives, the bill would require all Internet-connected devices acquired by the government to meet basic cybersecurity standards. It would also pressure agencies to avoid using the lowest price criteria when choosing suppliers for devices. According to the legislation, the government could only purchase devices that accept security patches and allow users to change passwords. In addition, the vendors would need to notify of any security vulnerabilities they discover and issue software update as new threats arise. The bill was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, to add considerations relevant to their jurisdictions



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