Responsibility and the Internet of Things


In the era of the “Internet of Things”

The multidisciplinary research team identifies white spots in research, investigates buzzwords, keywords, and concepts from “Industry 4.0” or “Smart Citizenship” to data platforms with regard to responsibility, liability and regulation. Despite its name, the “Internet of Things” is not about “things on the Internet”, but about a huge market with new products and a new currency called “data”.

We tackle following questions:

  • When was the term “Internet of Things” coined by whom and in which context?

  • How is this topic reported on, which narratives can be observed, who participates in the discourse, which voices are heard?

We would like to ask these and other questions within the framework of a comprehensive discourse analysis and answer them satisfactorily. The “Topoi Catalogue”, which we have designed, serves to simplify the finding of data, figures of thought and literature for a specific question.

We are currently developing a knowledge tool based on the Sustainability Development Goals of the United Nations for discovering data platform scenarios and recommendations for political action.