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|PLEASE ALL GO GET THEM! On-line public consultation on "Your Voice in Europe"|
|United Kingdom||Created: 2 Jun 2012|
European Commission consults on rules for wirelessly connected devices - the "Internet of Things" - deadline: July 10th
The Internet is gearing up for the next technological revolution: communication with and among objects.
How would you envisage the "governance" of such an "Internet of Things" (IoT)?
All citizens, organisations and public authorities are welcome to contribute to this consultation.
Period of consultation, From April 12th to July 10th 2012
Purpose of the consultation. The Internet of today offers access to content and information through connectivity to web pages and to multiple terminals (e.g., mobiles, TV). The next evolution will make it possible to access information related to our physical environment, through a generalised connectivity of everyday objects. A car may be able to report the status of its various subsystems using communicating embedded sensors for remote diagnosis and maintenance; home information about the status of the doors, shutters, and content of the fridge may be delivered to distant smart phones; personal devices may deliver to a central location the latest status of healthcare information of remotely cared patients; environmental data may be collected and processed globally for real time decision making.
Access to information relating to our surrounding environment is made possible through communicating objects able to interact with that environment and react to events. This makes possible new classes of applications such as smart homes with automated systems to monitor many aspects of daily living, smart grids and intelligent energy management, smart mobility with better control of traffic, or smart logistics with the integrated control of all processes in the entire distribution chain. There are endless examples of this evolution of networked devices, also known as the Internet of Things (IoT).
The Internet of Things holds the promise of significant progress in addressing global and societal challenges and to improve daily life. It is also a highly promising economic sector for sustainability, growth, innovation and employment. But it is likely to have a profound impact on society, in areas like privacy, security, ethics, and liability. The policy challenge is to assess the right trade-off between the potential economic and societal benefits and the control that we want to retain over an environment where machines will gather, exchange, process and store information automatically. The effects on our private and public space require that people and their governments debate the appropriate governance and management of the Internet of Things in the future. To this end the European Commission envisions a recommendation addressing the main issues, of which a number are outlined in the questions of the consultation.
How to submit your contribution top
Address of the questionnaire: http://ec.europa.eu/yourvoice/ipm/forms/dispatch?form=IoTGovernance
The consultation is being launched only in electronic form via the interactive policy-making tool.You are strongly advised to prepare your contribution in advance before filling-in the questionnaire online. We recommend you download the PDF file of the questionnaire ( pdf 79KB) , to allow you to draft your answers to the open text questions carefully. After preparing all your answers, please fill out the questionnaire.
Questions are either compulsory or optional. If any of the compulsory fields have not been filled in, the system will not allow you to submit the questionnaire but will redirect you to the incomplete answer and give you an opportunity to correct it. An error message will appear in a purple/red colour under the question in which a problem occurred.
If you leave the questionnaire for 90 minutes without activity, your countribution will not be saved due to a time-out.
When you successfully submit the questionnaire, a confirmation message will appear on your screen and you can print your answers.
Contributions may be submitted in any official EU language.
Contributions received in reply to the consultation will be handled exclusively by the Commission services in full confidence; the summary of the consultation's results will be published on the Commission's website in an anonymous way.
If you are replying on behalf of an organisation, please state your name, address and official title in your reply. Any reply on behalf of an organisation which does not state the interests which it represents will be regarded as an individual reply and not a collective reply.
It is important to read the specific privacy statement (hereunder) to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.
Some supporting documents and links top
· Address of the questionnaire: http://ec.europa.eu/yourvoice/ipm/forms/dispatch?form=IoTGovernance
· Press release http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/12/360&language=EN
· Legal notice on personal data protection
· Specify privacy statement ( pdf 48KB)
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|Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir.|
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