The IoT Overlords and their Thirst for your Data

The IoT Overlords and their Thirst for your Data

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Episode 72

When we buy an IoT Product for our home or our business, the advice is the same: read the fine print. There are plenty of technical obstacles that can be thrown in your way to stop you from having complete control over your data but sometimes the devil is in the details and these contractual details can have a major effect on your business. In this episode of the IoT Business Show, I speak with Johannes Ernst about the IoT Overloads and the upcoming data showdown.

In this episode of the IoT Business Show, I speak with Johannes Ernst about the IoT Overloads and the upcoming data showdown.

Johannes is a serial entrepreneur and technologist with over 20 years of experience. He started Indie Computing to enable individuals to have more control over their online lives and the online lives of their things.

It’s just a matter of time before consumers and enterprises alike get wise to what’s going on with their data. All incremental value of the Internet of Things comes from transforming data into useful information. Because of this, data is the new oil and everyone wants a piece of it. Businesses building or using IoT must be protective of their data and ensure it keeps flowing. To minimize risk when sharecropping (building your IoT product using an IoT Platform or other tech), you must enforce software portability, data portability and terms of service (ToS) portability… yes, terms of service portability. I’ve discussed software and data portability before, especially in the context of an Iot Platform, but ToS portability is equally important.

Read the fine print to make sure it’s not a point of control to lock out others, including yourself, to your data. For example, if you are investigating an IoT Platform, can you access the data with your own code or can you move your data to another cloud altogether? Can the ToS be changed at any time, potentially preventing access to your data? Consider your Terms of Service, it could be, or could become a liability.

Here’s What We’ll Cover in this Episode

  • The pendulum shift back to the edge and why that’s important for owners and developers of IoT.
  • What Indie computing is.
  • How IoT products are more limited than traditional products in how we can use them.
  • The three dimensions of control the Overlords can have over our products.
  • The terms of service lesson that should be learned from Twitter.
  • The importance of “forkability” over open source.

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