Technology Policy & Ethics – 2016

End-to-end Security and Privacy by Design for IoT

by Jared Bielby (IEEE), Ali Kashif Bashir, Senior Member IEEE (Osaka University, Japan), George Corser (Saginaw Valley State University)

Of the selected issues coming out of the Experts in Technology and Policy events chosen for further research and follow-up, the question of End-to-end Security and Privacy by Design for the IoT has emerged as both timely and relevant to IEEE’s goal of advancing technology for humanity. Hosted by the Collabratec platform, the question has been posed to a selected team of experts and policy advisors for further engagement. Led by George Corser, whose research at Saginaw Valley State University examines location privacy and security protocols in Internet-of-Things, the team is currently working towards the completion of a collaboratively written white paper that proposes a set of definitions and best practices for End-to-end Security and Privacy by Design for the IoT.

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Universal, Affordable Internet Access: From ‘Why?’ to ‘How?’

By Karen McCabe

Not long ago, the focus of conversation about universal, affordable Internet access was “why?” Why should extending access to billions more people around the world be considered a matter of much importance?

That argument is over. Conventional wisdom now largely acknowledges the linkage between universal, affordable Internet access and the wellbeing of people worldwide, and the proof is found in the shift in emphasis in the global conversation from “why?” to “how?” How do we make it happen, with about half of humanity still not connected?

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Bringing Ethics to the Forefront of Technology R&D

An argument in favor of making it a prominent part of each new product’s life cycle

By Joe Herkert

In the fast-paced world of research and development, along with the commercialization of emerging technologies, ethical considerations are often made after the product is already on the market. That is too late, and often ethics aren’t even discussed until something goes wrong.

Instead of “ethics as usual,” I suggest what is known as anticipatory ethics, which requires the matter to be considered from the beginning of a technology’s R&D cycle.