Accountability in the IoT: Systems, Law & Ways Forward

Computer, vol. 51, no. 7, pp. 54-65, 2018, DOI/10.1109/MC.2018.3011052

13 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2018 Last revised: 17 Apr 2019

See all articles by Jatinder Singh

Jatinder Singh

University of Cambridge -- Dept. Computer Science & Technology (Computer Laboratory)

Christopher Millard

Queen Mary University of London, School of Law - Centre for Commercial Law Studies; Oxford Internet Institute

Chris Reed

Queen Mary University of London, School of Law

Jennifer Cobbe

University of Cambridge - Computer Laboratory

Jon Crowcroft

University of Cambridge

Date Written: July 1, 2018

Abstract

Accountability is key to realizing the full potential of the IoT. This is for reasons of adoption and public acceptability, and to ensure that the technologies deployed are, and remain, appropriate and fit for purpose. Though technology generally is subject to increasing legal and regulatory attention, the physical, pervasive and autonomous nature of the IoT raises specific accountability challenges; for instance, relating to safety and security, privacy and surveillance, and general questions of governance and responsibility. This article considers the emerging ‘systems of systems’ nature of the IoT, giving the broad legal context for these concerns, to indicate technical directions and opportunities for improving levels of accountability regarding technologies that will increasingly underpin and pervade society.

JEL Classification: K2, K13, K24, L86, O31

Suggested Citation

Singh, Jatinder and Millard, Christopher and Reed, Chris and Cobbe, Jennifer and Crowcroft, Jon, Accountability in the IoT: Systems, Law & Ways Forward (July 1, 2018). Computer, vol. 51, no. 7, pp. 54-65, 2018, DOI/10.1109/MC.2018.3011052. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3269792

Jatinder Singh (Contact Author)

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Christopher Millard

Queen Mary University of London, School of Law - Centre for Commercial Law Studies ( email )

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Oxford Internet Institute

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Chris Reed

Queen Mary University of London, School of Law ( email )

Jennifer Cobbe

University of Cambridge - Computer Laboratory ( email )

15 JJ Thomson Avenue
William Gates Building
Cambridge, CB3 0FD
United Kingdom

Jon Crowcroft

University of Cambridge ( email )

Trinity Ln
Cambridge, CB2 1TN
United Kingdom

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