Trust in Home: Rethinking Interface Design in the IoT (THRIDI)

Internet of Things (IoT) technology is rapidly growing with major investments in areas such as personal wellness and wearables, smart homes, and smart cities.

IoT systems in smart homes present several privacy challenges. While general protection data regulation (GDPR) creates a general duty for data controllers in IoT systems to implement privacy by default and privacy by design, this obligation requires taking into account the state-of-the-art. Yet, the state-of-the art in the smart home context is in its infancy, requiring research into building accountability and trust appropriate design of user interface and authorisation management systems.

THIRDI aims to foster collaboration within an interdisciplinary community in the area of user-friendly interfaces for Internet of Things (IoT) devices and systems in smart home settings.

The project will:

  1. Run an interdisciplinary design workshop encouraging a mix of experts from academia, industry, public sector and early-career researchers specializing in the IoT, network security, privacy enhancing technologies, user-interface design, law and policy.
  2. Chart out new approaches to legibility, agency and negotiability for data sharing in IoT.
  3. Create working groups of suitable academic and industrial partners to focus on the open research questions following the workshop to develop project proposals for follow on funding.
  4. Disseminate outputs in a report to inform the IoT community user-centric design methods for meaningful access control in the IoT.