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Thursday 4 October, 2018

Morning

09:00 – 10:40

Session 1 – Keynote Speeches: Visions and Goals for the Future of IoT in the USA and Globally

As it is rapidly developing and impacting many vertical sectors, IoT has become both an exciting and challenging area for all stakeholders involved. The increasing ubiquity of IoT and its applications is raising important questions relating to data rights, connectivity, interoperability, liability, ownership, security, safety as well as the future of innovation and new business models. Now more than ever, the adoption of a collaborative, multi-stakeholder approach to IoT policy discussions is vital to develop a vibrant and sustainable ecosystem in order to unleash the full potential of the technology.

This keynote session will introduce some of the most vital questions around regulation, standardization and innovation in the context of IoT. It will explore how legislation and the policy environment affect IoT initiatives, both in the US and globally, and crucially will explore what remains to be done to boost the take-up of IoT and maximize the vast economic and societal benefits of the technology.

Possible questions:

- What policy work has been done on IoT over the past 12 months in the US? What are the long-term goals and short-term milestones to consider?
- As different sectors converge, how can it be ensured that the policy framework around IoT takes into account the wide range of possible applications and recognizes that regulations and technical solutions are not one-size-fits-all? - How can it be ensured that an “evolutionary” approach is respected, and that policy frameworks around IoT remain updated as new use cases develop?
- What have the different approaches and collaborative efforts in establishing standards for the billions of devices making up the Internet of Things achieved? What further efforts are needed?
- What remains to be done to ensure that data sharing is promoted to support innovators, allowing them to create new partnerships, reach out to new customers, and establish scalable business models?
- What can the US learn from the development of IoT in other regions of the world?
- How important is coordination both between the US federal agencies and departments, and internationally with other countries for the overall success of IoT in the US and globally?
- What could an international strategy for the Internet of Things look like? Would it be realistically achievable?

09:00 – 09:15

Keynote Speech

09:15 – 09:30

Keynote Speech


Rebecca Slaughter, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission

09:30 – 09:45

Keynote Speech


Pearse O'Donohue, Director, Future Networks, DG CONNECT, European Commission

09:45 – 10:00

Keynote Speech


Oscar León, Executive Secretary, CITEL

10:00 – 10:15

Keynote Speech

10:15 – 10:40

Discussion amongst above speakers and Q&A with audience

10:40 – 10:55

Coffee Break

10:55 – 11:40

Session 2 - IoT for Government: Shaping the future of Government services through digitization

As it is the case with various industries in the private sector, the IoT has the potential to transform the way the government approaches some of the biggest challenges facing the country. With its nearly limitless applications, IoT can be used to create more responsive, more efficient public services, and improve public safety, public health, and quality of life. Despite this enormous potential, the public sector has fallen behind private businesses when it comes to fully-integrating smart systems at every level of government. This session will look at the challenges that public agencies and institutions meet when digitizing their services and processes, as well as the opportunities and solutions that IoT can offer to address these barriers.

Possible questions:

- What would the public sector gain by adopting IoT and how will new technologies add value to services?
- To what extent can IoT data-driven innovation help to increase evidence-based policymaking, and what societal benefits can this provide?
- What are the major barriers preventing the public sector from embracing IoT? What reforms are needed in terms of investment and infrastructure to spur broader government IoT adoption?
- How can IoT help improve collaboration across different Government departments? How can standards for IoT use in Government be created and best practice be developed, to prevent a patchwork of inconsistent policies, both at federal, state and local level?
- How can the public and private sectors interact to deliver the digitization of public services?
- What are the training and upskilling needs of the public sector workforce for the digital transformation to be successful?
- With regards to the security of government-owned connected devices, what has been achieved since the introduction of The Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act in August 2017? What opportunities and challenges has this bill created for federal agencies and procurement companies?
- To what extent will the Infrastructure Package issued in February of this year help IoT fulfil its potential by accelerating the digital transformation of government agencies?

Katerina Megas, Commercial Adoption Lead for the Trusted Identities Group, Program Manager for the Cybersecurity for Internet of Things program, US Department of Commerce, NIST
Robert Metzger, Head of Office, Rogers Joseph O’Donnell, P.C

11:40 – 12:00

Speech – Financing the future of IoT: Strategies and Investments needed for the commercialization of innovative IoT solutions in a globally competitive market

Afternoon

12:00 – 13:00

Networking Lunch

13:00 – 14:20

Session 3 - A Trusted Connected World of Things: A focus on the role of a transatlantic dialogue to set IoT privacy and security principles.

With devices and networks constantly observing, collecting, and sharing data, the Internet of Things raises significant privacy and security concerns. As we live in increasingly networked societies, where cross-border transfers of (personal and non-personal) data between markets plays a key role in the global economy, the extent to which global privacy and security frameworks remain coherent will be vital for the global growth of IoT.

Focusing on the positive impact that a multi-stakeholder transatlantic dialogue can have on the development of privacy and security principles for the IoT, this session will explore the best ways of creating a global level-playing field on privacy and security and will debate the challenges link to this. Speakers will identify the greatest concerns and emerging security risks associated with the Internet of Things and address what policymakers and industry players on both side of the Atlantic can do to build a system that promote a collective response to these issues, creates guidance and principle for the use of the technology for the common good and ultimately builds trust and confidence in the technology – all in a post-GDPR implementation context,

Possible questions:

- How important is a co-ordinated and harmonised approach to both IoT security and privacy issues and what work is the transatlantic IoT stakeholder community doing on interoperability of privacy and cybersecurity regimes and standards?
- Has existing coordination between the US and Europe in this area proven successful? Are current national and international laws and treaties governing international data transfers, including GDPR and EU-US Privacy Shield adapted to IoT?
- How can privacy challenges in the context of IoT, such as user control over the data, quality of user content, data repurposing and data use limitations be concretely addressed through a collaborative and transatlantic approach?
- What needs to be done to promote further transatlantic work to encourage the creation of a 'futureproof' policy model for data governance that can adapt as threats evolve over time?
- Which shared values and shared principles should underlie the governance of IoT-generated data? Would an international ‘IoT Bill of Rights’ be an appropriate response to the ethical challenges that IoT data represent? How could these be enforced?
- What engineering opportunities and challenges would these principles offer developers of apps, software and IoT systems, and how can all stakeholders adapt to users changing needs and evolving perception of what privacy is?


Moderator: Dan Caprio, Co-Founder, The Providence Group

Naomi Lefkovitz, Senior Privacy Policy Advisor, NIST
Peter Fatelnig, Minister-Counsellor for Digital Economy Policy, Delegation of the European Union to the United States
Michelle Richardson, Deputy Director, Freedom, Security, and Technology Project, Center for Democracy and Technology

14:20 – 14:40

Speech A Focus on….Convergence of Blockchain and IoT

Beyond its initial use related to cryptocurrency, blockchain is attracting enormous attention in other areas of technological innovation, including for the IoT. It is believed by some players that blockchain can accelerate the evolution of the IoT Economy, and the aim of this speech will be to explore the future of an IoT convergent with Blockchain.

Topics to be covered include:
- The extent to which Blockchain can be considered as an appropriate answer to the challenges surrounding the IoT, including trust, data storage, identity management, transaction, compliance and costs issues
- Blockchain as a catalyst for more high-quality open-date exchanges - Creation of new business models thanks to smart contracts
- Practical examples of applications to illustrate the benefits of blockchain and Internet of Things convergence.

14:40 – 15:00

Coffee Break

15:00 – 16:20

Session 4: Revolutionizing a sector: Connected and Autonomous mobility

As smart mobility is considered as one of the most promising sectors for the IoT - with The International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasting that global revenue from the transportation sector will reach $325 billion this year - connected and automated driving have become prominent topics on the policy agenda both in the US and globally. As the emergence of the Connected and Autonomous Vehicles raise important concerns ranging from regulation, infrastructure needs and societal issues, to drivers and road-users safety, all stakeholders in the mobility sector need to work together to maximize the potential of the connected cars.

This session will look at how the right regulatory environment can be created for the socioeconomics benefits of CAVs to be realize, examine solutions for the delivery of the adequate digital and physical infrastructures, and finally will address consumer trust issues related to cybersecurity, use of data, liability and ownership – all fundamental topics to the safe uptake of CAVs and to the emergence of new business models.

Possible questions

- What opportunities are created by CAVs and what impact is this having on the automotive industry? What are the main challenges for widescale deployment of connected cars in the US and globally, and how can these be addressed?
- How are policymakers helping to create an environment where innovation in the area of CAVs is able to flourish across the United States and is balanced with the drivers and road-users safety?
- How can cities, transport authorities, car manufacturers, infrastructure agencies and digital technology companies cooperate today to prepare for the future of safe connected and autonomous mobility? What financial and non-financial support is needed to upgrade the current road infrastructure for the connectivity requirements of the connected vehicle?
- What is being done to ensure integrity, access control, availability, security and protection of the various set of data generated by a CAV? How are data ownership issues currently addressed in the context of the CAV and what more needs to be done to provide clarity over who owns which data, who should have access to it, and what it should be used for? How can these issues be addressed crossborders?
- What services are most revolutionizing the driving experience, and what new business models are emerging?

16:20 – 17:20

Session 5: A Focus on….Drones in the context of Internet of Things

Serving numerous commercial enterprises through various use cases, drones are a rapidly emerging sector for IoT. The use of drones in conjunction with IoT allows for unprecedented levels of flexibility for the placement, management and monitoring of sensors as well as for the collection and analysis of data captured in remote areas that are difficult or dangerous to access but require constant monitoring.

This session will feature use-cases to illustrate the potential of the combination of drone technologies with IoT solutions, and new business models emerging. Following these casestudies, speakers will reconvene to explore policy and regulatory issues that are specific to the use of Intelligent Drone, including topics on connectivity and spectrum requirements, data protection, privacy, accountability, national security and safety issues

Speakers will look to explore the following points:

- The opportunities and benefits the connected drones offer over a broad range of operational cases
- The challenges that the interaction of drones and IoT represent and how best to address them
- The necessary quality of the network coverage, spectrum availability and how drones can be part of the connectivity scheme.
- New business models emerging in the area of IoT and drones
- How security, privacy, accountability and safety issues can be addressed alongside rapidly evolving policy frameworks on IoT and UAS

… and finally and importantly how the collaboration between the tech industry, drone providers and operators, and policymakers can be boosted further to develop a successful ecosystem that realizes the potential of the intelligent drones.

17:20 – 18:30

Cocktail Reception and Exhibition (The HUB)

Friday 5 October, 2018

Morning

09:00 – 09:20

Opening Keynote Speech

09:20 – 10:30

Session 6: IoT security and resilience in the age of Digital Transformation - Securing the Industrial Internet and the Critical Infrastructure

In an era where the interaction between the technology and the physical worlds is growing, delivering on the promise of IoT necessitates trusted secure devices, networks and the resilience of the entire value-chain. Whilst digitization will undoubtedly result in more efficient operations across the majority of industries, a greater number of connected devices, sensors and automated systems will create huge amount of data and ultimately stretch the ‘attack surface’. This session will discuss the main security challenges and opportunities faced by industries - including critical infrastructure operators - who are undergoing digital transformation through the IoT and becoming increasingly reliant on a secured ecosystem. It will also explore the extent to which policy initiatives such as the recent release of the report entitled ‘Enhancing the Resilience of the Internet and Communications Ecosystem Against Botnets and Other Automated, Distributed Threats’ concretely respond to the security risks in the area of IoT.

Possible questions:

- With every devices being a point of entry into the network, what are the security implications of an expanding Internet of Things, and what are the latest developments in IoT security? How can cybersecurity risks be minimized, and resilience maximised, in the development of IoT solutions and throughout their lifecycle? How can an IoT product itself, in conjunction with predictive cyber analytics, be part of the security solution?
- What can be done to develop the highest level of cyber security standards for smart industries and for the critical infrastructure? What are the main challenges in deploying security solutions for resilient critical infrastructure and industrial control systems so that they maintain their critical role in supporting key sectors?
- What differences and similarities are there among the security, safety, reliability and resilience requirements for various sectors and critical applications? What solutions are being presented for harmonisation and standardisation to meet the unique needs of each sector and address new evolving threats?
- To what extent does the recent report on Enhancing Resilience Against Botnets following last year’s Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure, respond to the specific security challenges emerging from the digitisation of industry and to the security requirements for 5G networks?
- What has been achieved since the introduction of IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017? Has it proven successful in establishing ground rules and heighten security standards around IoT device security and what other steps need to be undertaken?

10:30 – 11:30

Session 7: Boosting the Intelligent IoT with the Power of Artificial Intelligence: Innovation and Accountability

Developments in machine learning and AI are rapidly enabling faster analysis of the data captured from the myriad of connected IoT devices and sensors. It is widely believed by industry experts that the true potential of IoT will be realized when combined with AI. Algorithms have indeed the potential to generate a wide variety of social and economic benefits by performing increasingly complex tasks to improve efficiency and help solve new challenges across both the public and private sectors. However, this transition to an Algorithmic Economy raises new fears that the prevalence of artificial intelligence will exacerbate human bias, facilitate discrimination and manipulate consumers, amongst other potential harms. This session will debate the need for a policy framework ensuring that developments around AI are framed by ethical and legal principles as well as discuss how all stakeholders involved can work together to find a balance between maximizing the huge benefits of algorithmic decision-making, accelerating the adoption of Intelligent IoT and minimizing harmful outcomes.

- How is AI being applied to IoT and what new opportunities is this creating? What future possibilities may emerge if the power of IoT-generated data is fostered appropriately? What will be necessary for consumers to reap the promised benefits?
- What new concerns relating to the interdependence between AI and IoT have emerged and what are the technological solutions to address these?
- How are US lawmakers currently approaching AI and what can we expect over the next few years from a regulatory perspective, as the deployment of AI and its combination with IoT increase?
- Where have calls for algorithmic transparency and accountability, for the creation of independent bodies to oversee algorithmic decision-making, and for generalized regulatory proposals around AI, led to?
- To what extent is a common, internationally recognized ethical and legal framework for the design, production, use and governance of artificial intelligence necessary, and on which countries’ or regions’ values should this be based on? How can algorithmic accountability be concretely enforced?
- What role do the big players in the tech industry have to play in making sure that the use of IoT and AI is responsible and remains ethical?

11:30 – 11:45

Coffee Break

11:45 – 12:55

Session 8: A Focus on… the Smart City

In order to keep up with surging populations and with the rise of urbanization, cities of the future will need to become more efficient to improve many aspects of the daily lives of their citizens. Through a series of case studies and Tech Talks presenting the key role that IoT solutions are playing to enhance the quality and performance of urban services and to transform infrastructures, this session will explore the limitless potential of smart cities and how US can cities lead the way in this area.

During the presentations and subsequent discussion and Q& A session, speakers will cover the following topics:

- The positive impact that IoT technologies are having on citizens’ lives in US cities and on the pressing challenges that cities worldwide face in relation to traffic, pollution, resource consumption etc.…
- The role played by policymakers and city leaders in helping to align different priorities for stakeholders
- The connectivity and infrastructure solutions that are most suitable for smart cities
- What a successful smart city ecosystem looks like and what the best practices are
- The extent to which and how citizens should be encouraged to engage with local governments, policymakers and industry representatives to create an inclusive smart society
- The opportunities that open-data represents for start-ups working in the area of the Smart City

Afternoon

12:55 – 13:55

Lunch

13:55 – 15:10

Session 9: Powering the IoT revolution – Connectivity and bandplans

The ever-growing number of connected devices and the variety of applications for IoT, from consumer-focused applications, to industrial systems to government use cases, is increasingly creating high demands on information and communications infrastructures. Managing the spectrum and connectivity requirements for IoT while deploying fast, reliable and ubiquitous communications networks is therefore crucial. To address these demands, a mix of different technologies and spectrum bands are required, and the development of a coordinated approach to spectrum allocation for the IoT sector by global regulators is seen as a key factor for rollout of IoT services.

This session will explore the different solutions that are currently playing a part in meeting today’s immediate demand for low-power, wide-area connectivity and will discuss the future role that 5G will play at the center of the technology mix once rolled-out. Speakers will also look at the licensed and unlicensed bands that are being considered to deliver the required connectivity for IoT in both high and low frequencies and the best options to deliver a spectrum landscape that provides the required connectivity for the wade range IoT use-cases both today and in the future.

Possible Questions:
- What spectrum and connectivity options currently support today’s IoT connectivity requirements, what are their respective advantages and disadvantages and how are these technologies expected to evolve in the future?
- What is expected to be the right technology mix to deliver a fast, resilient and reliable infrastructure for IoT in both the short term and long term, and in both urban and remote area?
- What role is foreseen for small–cells? How will the wireline infrastructure evolve with IoT?
- What makes 5G particularly appealing for IoT and how can IoT stakeholders prepare for the 5G world? To what extent will 5G meet the promise that many are suggesting of being the true ‘enabling technology’ for IoT? What interoperability challenges may need to be addressed?
- What developments can be expected from next year’s WRC in relation to IoT-specific spectrum needs?

15:10 – 15:30

Speech: Architecting The Internet of Everything: the role of the Edge

As the number of IoT sensors and inter-connected devices grows, so does the volume of data that is collected, stored and analyzed. While the crucial role of Cloud Computing in supporting the collection and processing of large volumes of IoT-generated data is broadly recognized, manufacturers and developers are starting to reap the benefits of Edge computing, where more computing and analytics activities can happen on the device.

This presentation will explore the role that Edge Computing will play in responding to the growing needs of tomorrow’s IoT ecosystem, focusing on the needs of specific sectors (such as Healthcare, Energy or IIoT).

- How will edge computing transform IoT and drive its adoption further? What are the benefits of the Edge for IoT applications?
- What are the differences between centralized and distributed IoT system architectures?
- To what extent will Edge Computing help with technical challenges relating to the communication and the processing of data coming from billions of connected devices?
- To what extent can a more distributed computing infrastructure improve IoT system performance?
- How important is the intelligent edge for the development of the network itself?

15:30 – 15:45

Coffee Break

15:45 – 16:35

Session 10: Considerations for new business models and the workforce of the future

In order to fulfil its true potential as a key driver for economic growth IoT needs to be seen in a broad context as a value-generator and as an enabler to the sustainable creation of new business models across all ‘traditional’ industrial sectors. By connecting the physical world with the digital world, IoT blurs the traditional boundaries between different industries, enabling technology companies and tech startup to become players in traditional sectors and providing these sectors with the opportunity to develop new offerings thanks to the meaningful insights provided by IoT-generated data. Through these partnership IoT is leading more and more organizations to ask themselves “what business am I in?”

This session will identify some key examples of existing and emerging IoT-enabled business models by examining how IoT solutions has positively transformed traditional industries, how successful partnerships can be created, how companies can prepare for future disruption and the extent to which policy decisions can help shape new cross-cutting business models by supporting an environment where these can flourish. And as IoT is not only transforming the nature of business and services but also are also creating the need for re-evaluation of corporate structures and workplace practices, this session will also focus on what the future of the workforce will look like in the context of these new cross-cutting business models, where all jobs are being re-invented.

Possible Questions:

- What lessons can be learnt from companies who have adopted IoT product and solutions to create new business opportunities? What impact do cross-cutting business partnerships have on new business models and on the competitive landscape?
- How can organizations best prepare for further IoT disruption? What challenges and opportunities are likely to emerge in the future?
- How can policymakers deliver the right environment for IoT business models to be created, for entrepreneur to be supported in the context of increased competition, and for the US to remain a world leader in this area?
- Is there a need to review legislations to address issues related to data ownership, liability or safety, for emerging cross-cutting business models?
- With workers having to deal with new waves of connected devices affecting the enterprise operations, what impact will disruptive IoT-based business models have on the country’s workforce? How are future-looking organizations reorganizing work thanks to disruptive technologies that enhance human skills and what strategies can be implemented to educate, upskill or reskill the current workforce?

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When

Thu 4 October, 2018 08.30 to
Fri 5 October, 2018 17.00

EDT

 

Where

Washington Plaza Hotel

Washington Plaza Hotel
10 Thomas Circle NW
Washington, D.C.
20005

Tel: +1 202-842-1300

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