The United Kingdom's Emerging Internet of Things (IoT) Policy Landscape

Tanczer, L. M., Brass, I., Elsden, M., Carr, M., & Blackstock, J. (2019). The United Kingdom’s Emerging Internet of Things (IoT) Policy Landscape. In R. Ellis & V. Mohan (Eds.), Rewired: Cybersecurity Governance (pp. 37–56). Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley.

17 Pages Posted: 7 Jul 2019

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Leonie Tanczer

University College London - Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP)

Irina Brass

University College London - Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP)

Miles Elsden

University College London - University College London, Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) Students

Madeline Carr

University College London - Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP)

Jason J Blackstock

University College London

Date Written: June 1, 2019

Abstract

The chapter examines the institutional landscape that underpins the Internet of Things (IoT) in the UK, and reviews the government strategies and policies within which the IoT is developing. The rapid evolution of technology means that this review represents a synoptic snapshot: it identifies core challenges connected to the evolving interdependent ecosystem, and provides a recommendation for more adaptive policymaking in this space. The chapter extracts some general principles and lessons that can be applied more widely to the development of emerging technologies, including the use of forward‐thinking and monitoring policy tools in order to respond to new conditions and potential market failures. It does so through assessment of the IoT's inherent risks and uncertainties, the fragmentation of the UK’s institutional and policy landscape, and the IoT's respective governance challenges. The chapter concludes with future directions for researchers, practitioners, and policymakers, as well as an appeal to apply adaptive policymaking to the management of rapidly evolving IoT technologies.

Keywords: Internet of Things, IoT, UK, Policy, Governance

Suggested Citation

Tanczer, Leonie and Brass, Irina and Elsden, Miles and Carr, Madeline and Blackstock, Jason J, The United Kingdom's Emerging Internet of Things (IoT) Policy Landscape (June 1, 2019). Tanczer, L. M., Brass, I., Elsden, M., Carr, M., & Blackstock, J. (2019). The United Kingdom’s Emerging Internet of Things (IoT) Policy Landscape. In R. Ellis & V. Mohan (Eds.), Rewired: Cybersecurity Governance (pp. 37–56). Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3385548

Leonie Tanczer (Contact Author)

University College London - Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) ( email )

Boston House
36–38 Fitzroy Square
London, W1t 3EY
United Kingdom

Irina Brass

University College London - Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) ( email )

Boston House
36–38 Fitzroy Square
London, W1t 3EY
United Kingdom

Miles Elsden

University College London - University College London, Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) Students ( email )

Boston House
36–38 Fitzroy Square
London, W1t 3EY
United Kingdom

Madeline Carr

University College London - Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) ( email )

Boston House
36–38 Fitzroy Square
London, W1t 3EY
United Kingdom

Jason J Blackstock

University College London ( email )

Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

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