The IoT and Unpacking the Heffalump’s Trunk

Lindley, Joseph Galen and Coulton, Paul and Cooper, Rachel (2018) The IoT and Unpacking the Heffalump’s Trunk. In: Proceedings of the Future Technologies Conference (FTC) 2018. Springer, CAN, pp. 134-151. ISBN 9783030026851

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In this paper we highlight design challenges that the Internet of Things (IoT) poses in relation to two of the guiding design paradigms of our time; Privacy by Design (PbD) and Human Centered Design (HCD). The terms IoT, PbD, and HCD are both suitcase terms, meaning that they have a variety of meanings packed within them. Depending on how the practices behind the terms are applied, notwithstanding their well-considered foundations, intentions, and theory, we explore how PbD and HCD can, if not considered carefully, become Heffalump traps and hence act in opposition to the very challenges they seek to address. In response to this assertion we introduce Object Oriented Ontology (OOO) and experiment with its theoretical framing order to articulate possible strategies for mitigating these challenges when designing for the Internet of Things.

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