Towards an Accountable Internet of Things: A Call for ‘Reviewability’

Norval, C., Cobbe, J. and Singh, J. (2021). Towards an accountable Internet of Things: A call for 'reviewability'. In Privacy by Design for the Internet of Things. The Institution of Engineering and Technology.

28 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 2021

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Chris Norval

University of Cambridge - Computer Laboratory

Jennifer Cobbe

University of Cambridge - Computer Laboratory

Jatinder Singh

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

Date Written: 2021

Abstract

As the IoT becomes increasingly ubiquitous, concerns are being raised about how IoT systems are being built and deployed. Connected devices will generate vast quantities of data, which drive algorithmic systems and result in real-world consequences. Things will go wrong, and when they do, how do we identify what happened, why they happened, and who is responsible? Given the complexity of such systems, where do we even begin?

This chapter outlines aspects of accountability as they relate to IoT, in the context of the increasingly interconnected and data-driven nature of such systems. Specifically, we argue the urgent need for mechanisms—legal, technical, and organisational—that facilitate the review of IoT systems. Such mechanisms work to support accountability, by enabling the relevant stakeholders to better understand, assess, interrogate and challenge the connected environments that increasingly pervade our world.

Suggested Citation

Norval, Chris and Cobbe, Jennifer and Singh, Jatinder, Towards an Accountable Internet of Things: A Call for ‘Reviewability’ (2021). Norval, C., Cobbe, J. and Singh, J. (2021). Towards an accountable Internet of Things: A call for 'reviewability'. In Privacy by Design for the Internet of Things. The Institution of Engineering and Technology., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3786738

Chris Norval (Contact Author)

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Jennifer Cobbe

University of Cambridge - Computer Laboratory ( email )

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

Jatinder Singh

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

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

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