Rowena McCormack: Ireland - Global Privacy sweep to focus on the internet of things

The Global Privacy Enforcement Network ("GPEN"), a group of approximately 50 data protection authorities from around the world, will focus its 2016 "Sweep" (a coordinated online audit) ("Sweep") on the Internet of Things ("IoT").

In Ireland, the review will involve an assessment of IoT devices available in this jurisdiction and the accountability practices of companies producing such devices.

Under the spotlight will be how IoT devices process and use personal data and whether and how the users of IoT devices are kept informed of any such processes.

Glynis Starz: The Internet of Things in Action

Here are a couple of ways the Internet of Things is currently being used, and how it has affected citizens and cities.

Last month Smart Chicago wrote about civic engagement and the Internet of Things in Aberdeen, Scotland. Given the conversations & questions at the public meetings for the Array of Things project, we wanted to explore and share some examples of the Internet of Things (IoT) around the world.

Bob O’Donnell: The Internet of Things is facing challenges with scale. There’s a real “there” there.

A version of this essay was originally published at Tech.pinions, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight and perspective on the tech industry.

It’s one of the core tenets of any business or technological initiative: In order to achieve mainstream success and widespread adoption, the primary concept must be able to scale. Sure, it is a great proof of concept if you can effectively deploy a technology in one location, but if you want to make a major impact, you have to be able to replicate that ability across many places.

Joseph Pistrui: To Seize the Future, Create a Leadership Circle

A global pharmaceutical company was about to lose the strategic advantage of several blockbuster drugs coming off patent. In five years, the revenue shortfall would be significant. The senior commercial and scientific directors formed a “circle of leaders” comprised of 23 senior managers who had no meaningful history of collaboration on strategic initiatives. The hope was that the diversity of brainpower and perspectives would yield imaginative ways to outgrow the shortfall.

Eric Holdeman: The Internet of Things (IoT) Will Be Disruptive If don't like change, watch out!

Disruptive technologies have a way of sneaking up on you. Ask any taxi driver about Uber or Lyft and how rapidly those companies and their methodology of doing business has "disrupted" their incomes. Even more disruption is coming their way in the near future with on-demand self-driving cars.

Javier Garcia-Martinez: The Internet of Things Goes Nano. Tiny sensors could take medicine, energy efficiency and many other sectors to a whole new dimension

The Internet of Things (IoT), built from inexpensive microsensors and microprocessors paired with tiny power supplies and wireless antennas, is rapidly expanding the online universe from computers and mobile gadgets to ordinary pieces of the physical world: thermostats, cars, door locks, even pet trackers. New IoT devices are announced almost daily, and analysts expected to up to 30 billion of them to be online by 2020.

Andrew J. Hawkins: New York City discards millions of pounds of dead electronics each year. We follow its path from shelf to shredder

Gadget shopping? Chances are that as soon as you plunk down cash for a new smartphone or 9.7-inch tablet or 4K / 3D / LED flatscreen television, a tiny part of your brain is already plotting its disposal. Thanks to rapid changes in technology, a shifting media landscape, and falling prices, discarded electronics have become the fastest-growing waste stream in the world. In the US, we threw away 16 billion pounds of circuit boards, transistors, and hard drives, also known as e-waste, in 2014 alone; about 50 pounds each for every man, woman, and child.

Matthew O Berger: Ethical question leaves potential buyers torn over self-driving cars, study says

Faced with two deadly options the public want driverless vehicles to crash rather than hurt pedestrians – unless the vehicle in question is theirs

In catch-22 traffic emergencies where there are only two deadly options, people generally want a self-driving vehicle to, for example, avoid a group of pedestrians and instead slam itself and its passengers into a wall, a new study says. But they would rather not be travelling in a car designed to do that.

EdLab Challenge: Make or Break – Exploring the Insides of Broken Gadgets for Repair or Reuse

Have you ever wondered why your laptop, phone and gadgets become out of date so quickly? Has it ever frustrated you that mobile devices seem so tricky to repair? How can it be right that only 12% of phones are traded in or reused when users upgrade? What is the effect on our environment?

Cranking a sustainable laptop

Mária Rosincová: JIC STARCUBE: launch of the 8th run of the international startup accelerator

I would like to let you know that the 8th run of the JIC STARCUBE programme – an intensive accelerator for teams and start-ups with a market-verified idea, which is run by the South Moravian Innovation Centre, is opened for applications. Applicants have until August 7, 2016 to register, and the programme itself begins in September. 

Internet of Things: Xiaomi to expand ecosystem, to launch its first-ever smart bike

New Delhi: As part of its attempts to expand its Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi will be hosting an event in Beijing tomorrow where the company could launch its first-ever smart bicycle, the teasers suggest. The event will start at 2:00 PM Beijing time, which is 11:30AM IST.


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