Accountability in the Internet of Things: Systems, law and ways forward


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Article
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Authors
Singh, Jatinder 
Millard, Christopher 
Reed, Chris 
Crowcroft, Jonathon  ORCID logo  https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7013-0121
Abstract

Accountability is key to realising the full potential of the IoT. This is for reasons of adoption and public acceptability, and to ensure that the technologies deployed are, and remain, appropriate and fit for purpose. Though technology generally is subject to increasing legal and regulatory attention, the physical, pervasive and autonomous nature of the IoT raises specific accountability challenges, relating to safety and security, privacy and surveillance, and general questions of governance and responsibility. This article considers the emerging ‘systems of systems’ nature of the IoT, giving the broad legal context for these concerns, to indicate technical directions and opportunities for improving levels of accountability regarding technologies that will increasingly underpin and pervade society.

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Keywords
4606 Distributed Computing and Systems Software, 46 Information and Computing Sciences
Journal Title
IEEE Computer
Conference Name
Journal ISSN
0018-9162
1558-0814
Volume Title
51
Publisher
IEEE
Sponsorship
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/P024394/1)
We acknowledge financial support from Microsoft Corporation and from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).