Internet Society Briefing Panel at IETF 97

The I in IoT: Implications for a Global Open Internet


Tuesday, 15 November 2016
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM (local time)


This event was recorded and webcast live on the ISOCtech YouTube Channel. You can view the live stream on YouTube or watch the embedded video here:

Opening Presentation Slides


What are the implications of the Internet of Things (IoT) on the global internet, from architectural, interoperability, and security perspectives? Is the end-to-end principle of the global internet still relevant? What can the communities represented at the IETF do to address these implications? In this lunchtime panel during IETF 97, panelists will discuss how the IoT interacts with, and potentially challenges, a global, open internet.

We will explore how the internet shapes the design of smart objects, and how they in turn will shape the architecture of the internet. Are there general guidelines with respect to security and overall behavior for these new devices? What should designers of smart object architectures take into account because of the interaction between devices and the internet?

Join moderator Olaf Kolkman and a panel of experts as we discuss these questions and many more about key challenges related to the continued growth of IoT while maintaining a secure and open global Internet.


  • Olaf Kolkman, Internet Society


  • Carsten Bormann, Universität Bremen
  • Erica Johnson, University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory
  • Michael Koster, Samsung/SmartThings
  • Hannes Tschofenig, ARM Limited
  • Juan Carlos Zúñiga, SIGFOX
Participant Biographies

Carsten Bormann likes bringing the Internet to strange places. Honorarprofessor for Internet Technology at the Universität Bremen, he is member of the board of its Center for Computing and Communications Technology (TZI).  His research interests are in protocol design and system architectures for networking.  In the IETF, he mainly has been working on bringing Internet Technology to new links, applications, or radios.  Since 2005, he has co-chaired, initiated, or co-authored many of the IETF efforts that now make up its Internet of Things (IoT) stack; e.g., he initiated the IETF work on Constrained RESTful Environments and the CoAP (Constrained Application) Protocol and is co-chairing the IETF CoRE WG.  Most recently, he launched the Thing-to-Thing Research Group (T2TRG) in the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF).  He has authored and co-authored 30 Internet RFCs, each of which is on average cited by 8 other RFCs.

Erica Johnson was named Director of the University of New Hampshire’s Interoperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) in Durham, NH, in 2007. In this position she utilizes her industry experience in networking, developing certification test programs and creating strategic partnerships. Erica has been named the Open Networking Foundation Testing Leadership Council Chair and adds this appointment to the Co-Chair of the IPv6 Forum’s IPv6 Ready Logo Program.  She has also been recognized by NH Business Review as a recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Women in Business award, Fierce Telecom’s list of “Women in Wireline”, and was awarded, by the University of New Hampshire, with the UNH Women’s Commission’s Stephanie Thomas Staff Award in honor of her achievements in promoting and embodying the advancement of women in the sciences. Having completed her B.S. in Computer Science in 2001 and MBA at UNH in 2011, Erica continues to build strategic partnerships using her entrepreneurial and technical skills, training the next generation of engineers while building a sustainable business to the meet the needs of the data communications and networking industry. Her lab initiatives include commercialization of UNH-IOL testing products, STEM educational opportunities, and career placement for student employees.

Olaf Kolkman is the Chief Internet Technology Officer of the Internet Society. Olaf has responsibility for leading Internet Society’s Strategic Technical activities, particularly as they pertain to issues and opportunities for enhancing the Internet’s evolution. Olaf has been actively involved with Internet technologies since his astronomy studies during the early nineties. Internet became his professional focus in 1996 when he joined the RIPE NCC to develop the first version of what has become a worldwide test-network. In 2007 he became the managing director of NLnet Labs. Under his responsibility NLnet Labs produced open-source products, performed research on technical issues with global impact, and contributed actively to the regional and global collaborative standard and governance bodies (e.g. ICANN, RIPE, IETF), and ‘pushed the needle’ on the development and deployment of DNSSEC. Kolkman describes himself as an Internet generalist and evangineer, somebody with deep knowledge on some of the Internet’s technical aspects who particularly enjoys bridging the technology-society-policy gaps.

Michael Koster is Principal Research Engineer at Samsung/SmartThings, focused on IoT standards and application layer interoperability. His research interests  include hypermedia design for Machine to Machine interaction, semantic annotation of hypertext based APIs, and IoT data model architecture. Michael is actively involved in several organizations including IETF, OCF, W3C Web of Things IG, and the ZigBee Alliance.

Hannes Tschofenig is employed by ARM Limited. His work life focused on developing global standards to make the Internet more secure. He has been active in the IETF for the past 15 years and contributed to more than 70 RFCs on security, privacy and various Internet protocols. Hannes co-chairs the “Web Authorization Protocol” (OAuth) and the “Authentication and Authorization for Constrained Environments (ACE)” working groups. OAuth is a protocol to enable secure and privacy-friendly data sharing on the Web/Internet. ACE develops an authentication and authorization protocol for Internet of Things. From 2010 to 2014 Hannes was a member of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), a committee of the IETF. Currently, he is a board member of the IPSO Alliance and a contributor to Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) Lightweight Machine-to-Machine (LWM2M) technical specification, which offers IoT device management capabilities.

Juan Carlos Zúñiga is Senior Standardization Expert leading the networking standardization activities at SIGFOX, a global IoT Service Provider.  He has contributed and held leadership roles in different standards fora, such as IEEE 802, IETF, ETSI and 3GPP. He is currently a co-chair of the IETF Internet Area WG and he used to chair the IEEE 802 EC Privacy Recommendation SG. He has previously worked with InterDigital, Harris Canada, Nortel Networks UK, and Kb/Tel Mexico. Juan Carlos received his engineering degree from the UNAM, Mexico, and his MSc from the Imperial College London, UK. He has several publications and has been guest editor for the IEEE Communications Magazine. Juan Carlos is inventor of over 50 granted patents.

Additional Resources
Date and Time

Sunday 13 November 2016 –

Friday 18 November 2016


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