ThingsCon publications

The State of Responsible IoT is an annual collection of essays by experts from the ThingsCon community of IoT experts and practitioners. It explores the challenges, opportunities and questions surrounding the creation of a responsible Internet of Things (IoT).

The State of Responsible IoT 2019 – Small Escapes from Surveillance Capitalism

With the Riot Report 2019 we reflect on and showcase how we can resist Surveillance Capitalism today. In the report we present a wide variety of contributions: from reflections Trustable Technology for cities, on the power and responsibility of Design to escape surveillance, to descriptions of projects that point the way and help us find out: in which direction is the responsible IoT?

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The State of Responsible IoT 2018

With the Riot Report 2018 we want to investigate the current state of responsible IoT. In this report we explore observations, questions, concerns and hopes from practitioners and researchers alike. The authors share the challenges and opportunities they perceive right now for the development of an IoT that serves us all, based on their experiences in the field. The report presents a variety of differing opinions and experiences across the technological, regional, social, philosophical domains the IoT touches upon.

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The State of Responsible IoT 2017

It’s a critical time in the development of the Internet of Things (IoT). We believe the ThingsCon community has a valuable contribution to make to ensure a future where IoT works for everyone: A responsible & human-centric IoT.

As part of our advocacy this key issue we gathered contributors from across the ThingsCon community and put together a report on the state of responsible IoT.

Learn more and read The State of Responsible IoT 2017.

ThingsCon Report: A Trustmark for IoT

As a commission for Mozilla, we explored the potentials and challenges of a trustmark for the Internet of Things (IoT). This report shares our findings. (September 2017)

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View Source: Shenzhen

An exploration of the Shenzhen hardware ecosystem & the importance of creating a responsible IoT. (June 2017)

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Reading lists


Projects & networks

  • Mozilla OpenIoT Studio Github repo for all projects, documentation, links, and outputs of to the OpenIoT Studio.
  • Global Innovation Gathering GIG is a global community of innovation hub founders, community managers, makers and hackers based on grassroots development and cooperation.

Research & publications

  • [book] Higher education in the time of IoT by Boris Adryan. Publication expected in late 2016.
  • [research] The Good Home Exploringideas for better 21st century urban living in tech-savvy households. By Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino and Peter Bihr.
  • [research] ThingClash Framework for considering cross-impacts and implications of colliding technologies, systems, cultures and values around the Internet of Things by the Changeist crew.
  • [ebook] Understanding the connected home by Michelle Thorne & Peter Bihr

Events we like

  • Mozfest (London) Mozilla’s festival for the open web.
  • .process (Dortmund) .process attempts to make the hidden outcomes of working processes visible. Co-founded by Simon Höher.
  • Open IoT Assembly (London) The Open IoT Assembly, organized by Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, aims to define what an Open IoT should look like in 2017.

Design tools

  • IoT Service Kit by Ricardo Brito & Paul Houghton (Futurice)
  • Know Cards by Tina Aspiala with support from Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino

Also, check out all the local ThingsCon events.