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Creating a level playing field for building and testing digital projects.

By Superflux

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  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Data
  • Internet
  • Open Source
  • Physical Computing

According to an estimate by Cisco Systems, 25 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2015: by 2020, there will be 50 billion. The transformative potential of such exponential interconnection is vast, unruly and demands our attention. Supported by Sony and Forum for the Future, IoTA – the Internet of Things Academy – is an attempt to provide an open, inclusive, inviting platform for people to imagine, build and test projects, playing “at the intersection of the physical and the digital”.

As well as suggesting tech approaches to ensure maximal interoperability between sub-communities of devices, IoTA considers social and political requirements. An internet of things ‘Bill of Rights’ is proposed, including the right of an individual to access data created about them by others, in "full resolution" and in a standard format. The fostering of widespread technological literacy is also considered crucial, with comprehensive tutorials (and fun, inspiring demonstrator projects) providing the most "gentle point of entry" possible.

The internet of things could enable an unprecedented levelling of human societies, in which knowledge – and, hence, power – is held and administered across networks of equally involved and responsible individuals. It is more likely, however, that it will become an unimaginably pervasive means of control, wielded by a technical and political minority. Without projects such as IoTA, such a scenario is perhaps inevitable.

Last updated: 09th of May, 2014

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