The project explored how we can design IoT technology with social responsibility.
COMPASS - Cooperative Design Spaces Next Generation Internet-of-Things Solutions was funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG and ran from 2018 to 2019.
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The Internet of Things is driven by technological opportunism, characterized by the promise of ubiquitous connectivity. Creating meaningful technology for people within this opportunity space is a major challenge. While some applications have succeeded in creating value for people, businesses and society, many others are reminders that not everything that can be done, need or should be done. This project aims to explore how to develop a guiding COMPASS with which the vast opportunity space of IoT can be navigated with a view to create applications that are valuable, meaningful, empowering and trustworthy, maximize their utility and reflect responsible innovation. Such a compass is a tool for business to create such technology, for policy makers to provide the appropriate legislative environment in which this can happen and for research to identify existing knowledge gaps and define future research agendas accordingly. The IoT, as constituent part of the next generation internet (NGI), is especially interesting and relevant, as many of the opportunities and problems we see emerging in today’s Internet will be amplified by the pervasiveness of always-on and hyper-connected things.