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SEEDIG 2017 | Programme details

24–25 May 2017 | Ohrid

How can the IoT develop and be implemented in the right way?

11.30 – 13.00 | 25 May



The Internet of Things (IoT) can bring numerous improvements to our lives. But it can definitely create numerous new problems and dangers. What are the benefits? What are the problems? And how can we mitigate as many of the problems as possible in order to be able to benefit the most from its capabilities?

Key words

Internet of Things, IoT, privacy, security, openness, open source, privacy by design, security by design, net neutrality, distributed data

Session description

The session is going to be split into three parts:

In the first part, the positive side of the IoT evolution will be emphasised. The discussion will involve actors from the IoT development community, ranging from software and hardware developers to heavy machinery manufacturers and real estate developers who are working to add IoT features to their products.

The second part will echo the community concerns on security and privacy regarding IoT solutions: security of network, security of devices, security of users, and privacy regarding data traveling through the Internet and sustaining these large networks.

Finally, in the third part, the discussion will be about what is needed in order to get all the benefits discussed in the first part while resolving the problems discussed in the second part. Relevant topics are software and hardware openness, compatibility, technical standards, network neutrality, distributed systems vs. centralised systems, open systems vs. closed/proprietary systems.

Session format


Main roles

Key participants:

  • Ivan Corbev, Faculty of Electronic Engineering, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Dejan Damjanović, Atoms&Bits, Serbia (online participation)
  • Slobodanka Jakimovska Josifovikj, Makedonski Telekom AD Skopje, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Valentina Pellizzer, One World Platform, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Ceren Unal, Internet Society, Turkey


  • Arvin Kamberi, DiploFoundation, Serbia
  • Desiree Miloshević, Afilias, Serbia

Online moderator:  Lia Gubashvili, Small and Medium Telecom Operators Association, Georgia


  • Marija Blagojević, For a Child’s Smile, Serbia
  • Cătălin Vrabie, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania


Session messages
  • The IoT makes life easier, but in order to properly implement IoT solutions, we have to understand the society’s needs. We must think global and act local.
  • The IoT bring benefits to people (jobs, easier access to information and other opportunities), businesses (innovation, competition, better products, faster trade), and governments (better public services, better and faster interaction with citizens). IoT technologies are important components of a smart city development, and they are also transforming the agriculture industry and enabling farmers to contend with the enormous challenges they face.
  • The IoT promises an exciting era of innovation, but also raises significant privacy and security concerns. We can list the threats of IoT under three broad categories: privacy, security, and safety.
  • The IoT cloud storage architecture provides additional risks with respect to privacy, security, and safety. There is a need for alternative technical, e.g. architectural solutions that would provide more privacy, security, and safety for users.
  • IoT security is an issue, but we have to balance this with the trends in technology. We have to pay attention not only to the data itself, but also to those who own and use it.
  • We should understand that sharing data is the basis of science evolution and the key of human evolution – and IoT makes it nowadays even moreso true. We definitely have to pay attention to privacy, but not at the risk of stopping the IoT evolution. Data can be protected, but people will always find a way to misuse it.



1. How we saved the Internet in Europe?, Epicenter.Works

2. Wikileaks:

3. The ethics of Internet of Things – What kind of future do we want to live in?, Virt EU

Relevant proposals

17, 21, 23, (33), 46, 55, 66 – See full list of proposals

Organising team
  • Arvin Kamberi, DiploFoundation, Serbia (focal point)
  • Desiree Miloshević, Afilias, Serbia (focal point)
  • Dragan Chepujnoski, Vip, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Frédéric Donck, Internet Society, Belgium
  • Blagoj Hristov, Makedonski Telekom Ad Skopje, Makedonski Telekom AD Skopje, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Slobodanka Jakimovska Josifovikj, Makedonski Telekom AD Skopje, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Valentina Pellizzer, One World Platform, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Matei-Eugen Vasile, Association for Technology and Internet, Romania
  • Cătălin Vrabie, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania

Contact point from SEEDIG’s executive committee: Sorina Teleanu