Participatory IoT Policies: A Case Study of Designing Governance at a Local Level

Louise Mullagh, Naomi Jacobs, Nuri Kwon, Milan Markovic, Ben Wainwright, Kirsty Chekansky, Rachel Cooper

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As IoT devices proliferate in public spaces, it is vital that adequate governance structures and policies are designed and implemented in order to enhance trust, and protect privacy and security of citizens. At a local level, smaller towns and cities that are not part of the ‘smart city’ movement, but instead are connected through IoT devices, also need to consider how these devices are governed. This research explores how two novel methods (design fiction and walkshops) can be combined and embedded in the design of policy for IoT governance at a local level. The contribution of the work lies in wider discussions of design methods in policy making and offers a case study of how these methods can be used at a local level.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of DRS2022 Bilbao
Subtitle of host publicationDesign Research Society International Conference
EditorsDan Lockton, Sara Lenzi, Paul Hekkert, Arlene Oak, Juan Sádaba, Peter Lloyd
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherDesign Research Society
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic) 978-1-91229-457-2
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2022
EventDRS 2022 - University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 25 Jun 20223 Jul 2022

Publication series

NameDRS Conference Volumes
PublisherDesign Research Society
ISSN (Electronic)2398-3132


ConferenceDRS 2022
Internet address

Bibliographical note

Acknowledgements: We would like to thank the participants who took part in our
physical and virtual walks. This research was funded by PETRAS (National Centre of
Excellence in IoT and Cybersecurity) and Research England, Expanding Excellence in
England (E3).


  • Design for policy
  • IoT
  • Edge Computing
  • IoT governance


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