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Promising to transform the ways we live, work, and play, the Internet of Things (IoT) offers impressive benefits but presents significant challenges.

Today billions of devices are connected to the Internet in what we call the "Internet of Things" or "IoT".  These devices are already transforming our lives, but as they do, there are also serious challenges that must be addressed to maximize the potential benefits.

To understand the opportunities and challenges associated with the Internet of Things, the Internet Society published “The Internet of Things: An Overview - Understanding the Issues and Challenges of a More Connected World”, a whitepaper that examines many important aspects of the Internet of Things. This paper aims to serve as an informational resource about the Internet of Things and a launching off point for further discussions.

We encourage you to please read - and share - this document so that we can increase the level of dialogue about these important topics related to the Internet of Things.

Online Trust Alliance

In April 2017, the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) became a project of the Internet Society. Among the OTA's activities is their IoT Trust Framework. Please visit the OTA's IoT page for more information. Please also read this post from our CITO Olaf Kolkman explaining more about OTA and the Internet Society: Reaching the next level for Online Trust. 

Key Blog Posts Related to IoT

See more Internet Society blog posts related to the IoT.

More IoT Blog Posts

  • Internet Society Chief Internet Technology Officer Olaf Kolkman will be speaking this week in both Washington, DC, and New York City on the Internet of Things (IoT), collaborative security, and our recent merger with the Online Trust Alliance. Two of the three events will be livestreamed and all have open registrations to attend in person.

    Tuesday, 25 April: Washington, DC

    At 12PM on Tuesday, The ISOC-DC Chapter will hold a panel discussion called, “Baked In: Can Policy Help Create Incentives in the Cybersecurity Marketplace?” You can watch the livestream of the event via that link...

    Date published 24 April 2017

  • Online trust and the fundamental need to collaborate to address its challenges is an issue I care about deeply. Today I’m excited to share some important news about a new Initiative at the Internet Society that we believe will help us get to the next level in addressing online trust.

    The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) is an organisation with objectives very dear to ISOC’s heart. OTA’s mission is to enhance online trust, and its goal is to help educate businesses, policy makers and stakeholders while developing and advancing best practices and tools to enhance the protection of users'...

    Date published 04 April 2017

  • The Internet of Things (IoT) is a buzzword around the Internet industry and the broader technology and innovation business. We are often asked what the IETF is doing in relation to IoT and in this short post I'd like to highlight some of the relevant sessions scheduled during the upcoming IETF 98 meeting in Chicago next week. Check out the IETF Journal IoT Category for more details about many of these topics.

    Before getting into the IETF 98 proceedings, I'll note that the IAB recently provided commentsto the United States National Telecommunications and Information Administration (...

    Date published 20 March 2017

  • That was the question Bruce Schneier and I were asked by Craig Spietzle of the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) during a panel he moderated recently at the RSA conference.

    My answer to that question was “an unequivocal yes!” Below is the longer answer. The key lies in accountability.

    Old wine in new bags

    No matter how you think about the Internet of Things, it is clear that it captures a vision of mind boggling opportunities. Suddenly everything around is being connected. Security cameras, thermostats, fridges, and cars turn into connected computers. The speed of the changes by...

    Date published 28 February 2017

  • Akamai has published its Q4 2016 State of the Internet/Security report As always, an interesting read and an opportunity to look at trends in attacks.

    Not all trends are up and to the right. As the report states, Q4 2016 was "the third consecutive quarter where we noticed a decrease in the number of attack triggers". Still, "the overall 2016 attack count was up 4% as compared to 2015". Also, the volume and number of "mega-attacks" is on the rise.

    And of course, there was the Mirai malware recruiting poorly secured devices connected to the Internet. The Mirai-based botnet...

    Date published 21 February 2017