In the run-up to the 13th annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), the IGF community has wrapped up its work on the Best Practice Forum (BPF) on Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI). The draft output report was produced through an open and iterative process that included open discussions and online meetings held during the months preceding the IGF 2018 meeting. The document proposes, among others, a series of best practices regarding the use of IoT, big data and AI, focused on issues such as: multistakeholder collaboration, consideration towards ethics and human rights, watching out for bias and incomplete data sets, making privacy and transparency a policy goals and a business practice, ensuring systems are adequately secured before they get to the market, and fostering technologies and business practices that empower SMEs. Interested stakeholders can comment on the draft output, which will then be discussed at the IGF meeting in Paris and finalised shortly after. The work will also continue in the IGF 2019 cycle, with a focus on identifying how IoT, big data and AI can be used to reach the UN sustainable development goals, as well as the impact of these technologies on policies and regulations.
The Internet of Things (IoT) includes a wide range of Internet-connected devices, from highly digitalised cars, home appliances (e.g. fridges), and smart watches, to digitalised clothes that can monitor health. IoT devices are often connected in wide-systems, typically described as 'smart houses' or 'smart cities'.