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Contribute to University of Bristol research on the ethics of the internet of things

Invitation to take part in research.

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The University of Bristol, in collaboration with Homelync, are conducting research on the ethics of the 'internet of things' (IoT) in social housing. The project seeks to understand how different stakeholders, including social landlords, suppliers, and social residents, understand and engage with IoT. They want to promote fairness through these innovations and ensure that those most affected – social residents – experience the beneficial outcomes promised, without, often unintended, negative side effects. 

This research aims to gain insight into the degree of acceptability of these technologies among different groups, the factors that might affect these perspectives, alongside broader issues of trust and privacy. To do so, University of Bristol and Homelync are conducting two surveys: the first, aimed at the organisation-level, and, the second, specifically for social residents. Although covering similar topics, the two surveys are designed to capture the different interactions various groups will have with IoT.

Social landlords, and other organisations working in the sector, are asked to:

  1. Distribute the organisation-level survey (https://bit.ly/hl-iot-survey) to a broad range of employees to complete and share it amongst their network. All those engaged with implementing IoT-based initiatives in social homes, at any level, possess an important voice that can shape and influence their direction.
  2. Help us to engage social residents in the research and provide channels for distributing the resident survey. Their input is essential and necessary, empowering them to voice their concerns, enhancing their understanding of the technologies and their benefits and risks, and enabling them to make informed decisions. If you are able to assist in resident engagement, please contact Sam Collier sam.collier@bristol.ac.uk.

This research is funded through the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account. For more information about the research, please contact Sam Collier sam.collier@bristol.ac.uk.

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