Data Gates

A dynamic set of symbols that allow us to interact with smart devices on our own terms. Inspired by George Boole’s logic gates, these RFID stickers allow us to create our own logics on trust in the IoT. This project re-imagines the idea of a Trustmark for the IoT, allowing users to act as the certifying authority. A series of RFID/NFC stickers let users control the sensors in everyday IoT devices. The system allows users to define their own contexts for privacy, surveillance and trust in the IoT.

Literature Review and Research Questions

Reimagining IoT Trustmarks

A survey of existing IoT Trustmarks, uncovers interests, hope, confidence but also futility (Doteveryone, 2019). While the potential value of a Trustmark for the IoT is understood (Doteveryone, 2017; Bihr, 2017) the challenges in creating a Trustmark for the IoT are pointed out and found to be quite substantial. Laura James accurately points out that Digital Products and Services are not bananas (Doteveryone, 2019). This is true, but it is also true that the ‘Internet of Things’ is not simply ‘Digital Products and Services’. The IoT is a vast network of products, services, people, power, socio-cultural contexts, political agendas, economic models, environmental threats and ethical conundrums.

 Shifting power and control. Can we shift from a certifying authority to the ‘user’ as a certifying authority? A major challenge would be governance of a Trustmark. There seems to be resistance or an unwillingness to hand over control of the Trustmark system to users, citing users should not do the hard work. Design can empower users, while making a system that is simple enough for users to engage with. Can users govern their own ideas of a Trustmark?

Research Methods

Workshop on Trust 

Cultural Probes

Ethnography and Participatory Design

NAMRATA PRIMLANI, DUNDEE, SCOTLAND, namrata.primlani@northumbria.ac.uk