Global Internet of Things Conference in Beijing

Global Internet of Things Conference (GIOTC) was held on November 23-24, 2010 in Beijing National Convention Center. Hundreds of people, most from business and administration, joined the conference and side exhibition. I did not come to the confusing-structured conference hall until the afternoon of November 23, missing a couple of presentations from European Commission and many companies. In the afternoon session, the first half, chaired by Rob van Kranenburg, comprised of 6 full presentations on technological developments or business applications. Mr. Kranenburg manage to mobilize his panelists to respond questions and generate new thinkings.

At around 16:30, I took over and chair the last panel on policy discussion. Unfortunately the panel is still more about technicality than polity. The speakers, in sequence, talked about IPv6 application for IoTs, operational side of IoTs and China-EU Joint Expert Group on IoTs. Later, 3 discussants from EU-China group, M2M and ESTI, joined the panel. I tried hard to open up the policy discussions on privacy, security, trust and policy-impact of standardization, but it does not seem attracting much responses.

It is interesting to see how IoTs suddenly become an eye-catching term in China after the high leader gave a speech with reference to it in April 2010. The speech cannot be googled for I always get an error page after inputting the relevant keywords. Weird enough. Anyway, government is making huge investment on technical development and industrial application with the aim of creating a new booming point for the economy.

The agenda and introduction of my panel is attach.

Internet for Things: Standards, Trade and Legal Issues

16:30-17:30 ( Discussion group: 60 mins )

Panel moderator:

Dr. Prof. Hong Xue, Director of Institute for Internet Policy & Law, Beijing Normal University


1. Mr. Xiaodong Lee CNNIC

2. Prof. Jian Wang, Director of Center for International Business Studies, University of International Business and Economics

3. Mr. Hui Zhang, Secretary-General of working group sensor Network (WGSN)


Mr. David Boswarthick, Technical Official of M2M standards group

Ms. Margot Dor, Director of Strategic Projects, ETSI

Mr. Philippe Cousin, European experts for the EU-China Internet of things Export Group


We are impressed by the prospect that the Internet of Things is going to reshape the future of our technology, economy and society as a whole. The tremendous social impacts of IoTs signify the importance of establishing suitable governance regime to ensure progress, competitiveness, privacy and all the other essential values of information society.

This workshop will be specifically focusing on a few critical aspects of governance issues. As highlighted by European Commission’s “Internet of Things — An action plan for Europe”, governance addresses:

a)      Identification and identifier mechanism (IPv6);

b)      Privacy and personal data—right to silence chips

c)       Trust and Security, especially in trade operation

d)     Standardization (not necessarily be based on a deterministic or syntactic model but would instead be based on the context of the event; event-driven architecture )

Tim Berners-Lee made a presentation on November 22. When applauding for the long live of the web, he reemphasizes the value of universality. The primary design principle underlying the Web’s usefulness and growth is universality. When we move to communications between objects, standardization process need to keep delicate balance between the values of openness, interoperable and those of security and privacy.


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