Journal article

Towards Responsive Regulation of the Internet of Things: Australian Perspectives

M Richardson, R Bosua, K Clark, J Webb, A Ahmad, S Maynard

Internet Policy Review | Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society | Published : 2017


The Internet of Things (IoT) is considered to be one of the most significant disruptive technologies of modern times, and promises to impact our lives in many positive ways. At the same time, its interactivity and interconnectivity poses significant challenges to privacy and data protection. Following an exploratory interpretive qualitative case study approach, we interviewed 14 active IoT users plus ten IoT designers/developers in Melbourne, Australia to explore their experiences and concerns about privacy and data protection in a more networked world enabled by the IoT. We conclude with some recommendations for ‘responsive regulation’ of the IoT in the Australian context.


Funding Acknowledgements

Thanks to the Melbourne Networked Society Institute at the University of Melbourne for funding our research project 'The Internet of Things (IoT) and Consumer Privacy', 2015-2016.