Internet of Things As An Agent of Democracy & Civic Engagement

Event Info

Wed 25 - Thu 26 Mar, 2015 from 10:00am - 5:00pm
Senate House
Malet Street
London, WC1E 7HU, UK
Cost: 262.04


A tremendous transformation is occurring. Smart technologies and the internet of things will fundamentally change the way we govern, live and trade.


More than 50 billion ‘things’ are projected to be connected to the Internet by 2020, which, combined with advanced big data analytics, will constitute a giant, intelligent network that will change the way we govern, trade, and interact.


The Internet of Things as an Agent for Democracy and Civic Engagement conference has been created to provide governance, democracy and Internet of Things professionals with in-depth discussion and strategic recommendations on ways the Internet of Things impacts upon democratic and political engagement, particularly amongst civil society organisations.

It brings together IoT professionals, business executives, academics and other influencers from around the world to discuss how the the internet of things will disrupt democracy and civic engagement, paving the way for  a fundamental change in the ways businesses and governments approach security threats in the 21st century.


The Internet of Things As An Agent of Democracy and Civic Engagement is a timely opportunity for policymakers, business leaders, scholars and other decision-makers to gain insight, share ideas, and access high-level resources on this fascinating and urgent topic. It will provide IoT and global security professionals with the unique opportunity to learn and obtain resources from other world-class experts.


In addition, the conference explores ways in which the Internet of Things can help create a network of mutual independence that strengthens the organisations that form civil society, and how the Internet of Things can be used to reach civil society organisations to inform, empower and foster constructive grassroots participation in a more consistent and systematic way.

The Internet of Things as an Agent for Democracy and Civic Engagement conference provides an opportunity for policymakers, scholars, and decision-makers to share ideas, obtain innovative insights and share access to resources that will benefit the community as a whole. We aim to promote international cooperation and constructive dialogue on the issues discussed between Internet of Things and Governance experts and professionals actively working in this field.

The Internet of Things as an Agent for Democracy and Civic Engagement conference 2015 is a two-day event, taking place between 25-26 March 2015, and includes extensive presentations and in-depth panel discussions on all aspects on the Internet of Things and Democracy, an area for workshops where companies and experts provide master classes on how best to utilise the Internet of Things to foster democracy and civic engagement, together with online and in-person networking opportunities where delegates can establish valuable professional relationships. All attendees will leave with enduring knowledge of the contemporary nature of the Internet of Things, democracy and civic engagement, as well as a wealth of new contacts.

The conference will be located at Senate House, London. In addition, participants unable to make the journey are able to purchase an online ticket to view the talks either live or at a time of their choosing. Both the online and in-person events will be interactive.

Call for Papers Those people who are interested in presenting a paper at the conference are requested to submit their abstract of 300 words in length to info [at] semanticaresearch [dot] com by February 25 2015. If the abstract is accepted, submission of the original paper is expected. Participants who have not submitted their papers by the deadline will not be permitted to give a presentation in the conference.


All abstracts will be evaluated by an academic committee.


Selected papers will be published in our  book of thematic compilation on the Internet of Things, Democracy and Civic Engagement with the consent of the authors.


Possible topics for discussion include the following: How will privacy issues impact upon the uptake of the Internet of Things in democratic institutions? What is the role of Government in an age of Smart Cities and algorithmic regulation? How can civil society institutions ensure that the Internet of Things is harnessed for the public good? How can technologies be designed to create deeper civic engagement? What are the global implications on foreign policy of connecting the unconnected? How can the Internet of Things impact developing countries? What is the potential impact of the Internet of Things on transnational crime? Cybercrime and Cybersecurity How will the Internet of Things affect critical national infrastructure? Hyperconnected Diplomacy Encryption and Integrity And much much more… Why Should You Attend this Conference? Discover the newest thinking, techniques and resources used by Democracy and Internet of Things experts. Listen and engage with government officials, academics and business leaders as they describe how the Internet of Things is influencing the realm of democracy and civic engagement Improve your professional development at low cost to you: Most conferences cost thousands of pounds, require you to take time off work and involve long travel to the event destination. At the Internet of Things as an Agent of Democracy and Civic Engagement conference, all of this is eliminated because you can attend live with a digital pass Watch all of the sessions online at your own pace: All of the sessions are held online. You can attend the live sessions or watch the videos, read the eBook or listen to the MP3 afterwards at your own convenience. Network with social media and Internet of Things professionals like you. Make new professional connections in our private LinkedIn group only for conference attendees. Discover the latest, most innovative thinking on the Internet of Things, democracy and civic engagement from government, academic, digital, technology, communications and industry experts “How To” sessions from professionals on creating robust and effective ‘IoT and democracy’ strategies Discover how the private and not-for-profit sectors are collaborating to make their organisations more resilient