The Internet of Things (IoT) is a vision. It is being built today. The stakeholders are known, the debate has yet to start. In hundreds of years our real needs have not changed. We want to be loved, feel safe, have fun, be relevant in work and friendship, be able to support our families and somehow play a role - however small - in the larger scheme of things. So what will really happen when things, homes and cities become smart? The result will probably be an tsunami of what at first looks like very small steps, small changes. The purpose of Council is to follow and  forecast what will happen when smart objects surround us in smart homes, offices, streets, and cities.

Very short notice: October 6 event: The first Internet of Things NYC Meetup

The first Internet of Things NYC Meetup. Join fellow Internet of Things enthusiasts from the NYC community for talks from industry luminaries, pitches from product developers, and some great food and drink. Come with ideas and questions!   Talks will be given by:

  • - Usman Haque, Founder of Pachube
  • - Leif Percifield, Developer of

Designing for the Internet of Things: "building products/services that are not screen-dependent"

Designing for the Internet of Things: "Increasingly, Digital Media is being experienced through objects and interfaces that are not necessarily bound by the screen. The next generation of content products and services will have distributed and diverse modes of interaction where websites and mobile content will be only one aspect of the user's experience.

Emerging topics from Open World Forum on Internet of Things

Natacha Roussel from Council hosted the two IoT sessions in Paris at OWF. Emerging topics are: 

Security issues; keep our data as close to us as possible.

Systemic questions: how to create meaningfull networks of people able to  understand and underpin the functionning system as well as it's symbolic value.

Read more about Emerging topics from Open World Forum on Internet of Things

Mike Kuniavsky: Pieces of Internet of Things puzzle coming together

Mathew Ingram: "It may be difficult to describe what exactly the phrase “an internet of things” means, but the pieces of the puzzle that are required for that to develop are all here today, ThingM CEO Mike Kuniavsky told attendees at GigaOM’s Mobilize conference in San Francisco. Those puzzle pieces include ubiquitous network connectivity, cloud-based services, cheap assembly of electronics, social design, open collaboration tools and low-volume sales channels. Read more about Mike Kuniavsky: Pieces of Internet of Things puzzle coming together

Internet Governance Forum Workshop: The Governance Dimension of the Internet of Things

IGF Nairobi: "While there is still a discussion, what the concept of the” Internet of Things” means in practice, the real process of connecting objects equipped with RFID chips to the Internet via an IPv6 address continues to move forward. The market is growing and so growths the debate about the governance implications of the “Internet of Things”.

Gérald Santucci: Ethics by design

Katia Moskvitch:  Internet of things: Should you worry if your jeans go smart?: "...As more objects leak into the digital world, the fine line that separates the benefits of increasingly smart technology and possible privacy concerns becomes really blurred."The IoT challenge is likely to grow both in scale and complexity as seven billion humans are expected to coexist with 70 billion machines and perhaps 70,000 billion 'smart things', with numbers infiltrating the last redoubts of personal life," says Gerald Santucci, head of the networked enterprise and RFID unit at the European Commission.

Russell M Davies: The "internet of things" is viewed as the next big thing

Russell M Davies: Viewpoint: The internet of things and yet another revolution: "The "internet of things" is viewed as the next big thing, but when will it allow people to create their own stuff, asks Russell M Davies.... The internet of things is a phrase you are going to hear a lot over the next few years, and the clue is in the name as to what it is. It is about connecting objects rather than people.

Chrystia Freeland: The Advent of a Global Intelligence

The Advent of a Global Intelligence, By CHRYSTIA FREELAND | REUTERS. YALTA, UKRAINE: "Get ready for the global brain. That was the grand finale of a presentation on the next generation of the Internet I heard last week from Yuri Milner. G-8 leaders had a preview of Mr. Milner’s predictions a few months earlier, when he was among the technology savants invited to brief the world’s most powerful politicians in Deauville, France. Mr. Milner is the technology guru most of us have never heard of.

Council Interview with Laurent Sustek: Understanding Smart Meters to Design Intelligent, Secure Systems

Laurent Sustek, Smart Metering Marketing Manager, published Understanding Smart Meters to Design Intelligent, Secure Systems at INSIDE Secure. He says: "Today, there are close to two billion electricity meters installed worldwide, but less than 10% of them are considered "smart" meters with two-way communications.  This will change over the next few years as next-generation meters are developed and installed.

Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos: Special Issue on Creative Cities in latest issue of Ericsson Business Review magazine

Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos, URBAN AND REGIONAL INNOVATION Research Unit (URENIO):"The latest issue of Ericsson Business Review magazine, in a Theme entitled “Creative Cities”, examines some of the processes needed for a Networked Society to become more intelligent than a traditional one. Theme in short:

  • Cities will have a significant impact on a growing share of the world’s population

Thesis: Arne Jansen: growScanner, shareScale and a street that loves sharing

Arne Jansen: It would be ideal if you could borrow what you lack from your neighbours. I love soup, but unfortunately I do not always have all the things or even the knowledge that I need to prepare it. Instead of borrowing a mixer I waited for years until I finally bought one myself. If sharing with neighbours were standard practise this would not be an obstacle. Sharing and other forms of collaboration on a local level such as the neighbourhood, will become more important in a future where ‘The Internet of Things‘ is commonplace.

Martin Pot: Council, hybridLiving and Designplatform Rotterdam organise a one-day conference on IoT vs. the home-environment

On Dec. 9th 2009, the first Council conference took place in Brussels; one of the workshops there was ‘Home-Sense’: the questions and themes on IoT vs. the home-environment. On April 9th, 2010, a smaller meeting took place in Rotterdam on the same subject. Now, 2 years after the initial conference an update is necessary. Technologies have developed; questions concerning implementation, privacy and experience have become more actual, information is accumulating and the focus is increasing.

Council Interview: Trevor Harwood of Postcapes, Tracking the Internet of Things

Postcapes is "passionate about the convergence of the physical world with the digital, and everything that will encompany that shift. The emerging term "Internet of Things" seems to best represent these changes taking place and the term Postscapes itself is inspired from a future of networked landscapes and its possibilities.  Their goal is to serve the need of those interested in learning or taking advantage of IOT technologies with timely news, resources, events, and education.

James Robinson: Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google, condemns British education system

Schmidt criticises division between science and arts and says UK 'should look back to glory days of Victorian era',, Friday 26 August 2011: "The chairman of Google has delivered a devastating critique of the UK's education system and said the country had failed to capitalise on its record of innovation in science and engineering. Delivering the annual MacTaggart lecture in Edinburgh, Eric Schmidt criticised "a drift to the humanities" and attacked the emergence of two educational camps, each of which "denigrate the other.

The PICNIC Open Data Unconference

The PICNIC Open Data Unconference: During last year’s PICNIC Festival, they brought speakers, stakeholders and participants together to discuss the possibilities and implications of open data. Over the course of the year, the topic has flourished worldwide and many open data initiatives were undertaken, especially in the form of competitions and open data portals. These have generated lots of momentum: data was unlocked, Apps and websites were built and new policies were discussed at the local, national and international level.


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