Input Report for the Australian Council of Learned Academies Horizon Scanning project on The Internet of Things: Maximising the Benefit of Deployment in Australia

23 Pages Posted: 15 Oct 2019 Last revised: 14 Feb 2020

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Kayleen Manwaring

UNSW Sydney

Cachelin Hall

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: September 30, 2019

Abstract

The emergence of the IoT and related technologies has already brought about significant sociotechnical change, and this is likely to continue. This change brings with it some significant benefits for society, particular in the areas of: assisting those with disabilities live more independent lives; in healthcare; in aged care; and in more efficient and sustainable infrastructure, transport, industry and agriculture. However, with this change has come the potential for ‘regulatory disconnection’, that is, where existing regulatory frameworks become disconnected from societal expectations due to the new things, behaviours and relationships made possible by emerging technologies. While the IoT may lead to benefits in our daily lives, people (particularly individuals) are exposed to a number of risks by the use of the IoT and related technologies, ranging from disclosure of private information, unwanted surveillance by the state and by corporate interests, physical injury, harassment and stalking, defects in the devices themselves, and risks to human rights, such as the potential for discrimination and barriers to the right to freedom of expression. Australia has no specific laws aimed at addressing IoT issues, and current laws intended to protect customers and citizens have gaps and uncertainties when dealing with the IoT and related technologies.

Suggested Citation

Manwaring, Kayleen and Hall, Cachelin, Input Report for the Australian Council of Learned Academies Horizon Scanning project on The Internet of Things: Maximising the Benefit of Deployment in Australia (September 30, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3464277 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3464277

Cachelin Hall

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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