IoT and Circular Economy: this side of paradise

IoT and Circular Economy: this side of paradise

DATE: Tuesday, 16th May 2017, 2:30pm – 6pm
VENUE: Stockholm Region EU Office, Avenue Marnix 28, Bruxelles

Event organised by the Nexa Center for Internet & Society (Politecnico di Torino), in collaboration with:


This round table is at the tail-end of a two-year research project concerning the impact of the IoT on our socio-economic system. Involved risks and challenges were discussed in a conference on “IoT: Hell or Paradise” held in Turin on Dec 2, 2016. At focus is the relationship of the IoT with the notion of circular economy. As the envisaged benefits concern consumers, business and society at large, the meeting covers different areas: consumer protection, accessibility of valuable data and implications for environment, as well as the downside, including adverse consequences for employment, market dominance and effects of price discriminations. Illustrative examples of the research questions that will drive the discussion are: in which way can re-use of devices and assets be enabled by avoiding lock-ins, supporting data portability and combating silos? How does this interface with environmental concerns? The ultimate goal of the workshop is to elicit concrete recommendations for policy action and suggestions for further research.


9.00 – 9.30
Accoglienza dei partecipanti - registrazione in loco


Welcome and framework by Prof. Marco Ricolfi (Università degli Studi di Torino, Law Faculty, and co-director Nexa Center for Internet & Society, Politecnico di Torino)

KEYNOTE by Prof. Alain Strowel (UCLouvain, Université Saint-Louis Brussels, Munich IP Law Center – Avocat)
IoT and Big Data in the Platform Economy

15.05 Antonio Vetrò (Director of Research Nexa Center for Internet & Society, Politecnico di Torino)
In quest of network (and power) decentralization: on the applicability of the Blockchain for IoT

15.20 Nikolaos Isaris (European Commission, Deputy Head of Unit E4 – Internet of Things).
Towards the digitization of our society and economy: EU policy and research priorities for IoT

15.40 Prof. Marco Ricolfi (Università degli Studi di Torino, co-director Nexa Center for Internet & Society)
IoT and the ages of Antitrust

16.00 Dale Walker (Project manager Circular Economy Initiative, World Economic Forum)
Intelligent Assets Unlocking the Circular Economy Potential

16.20 Hanne Melin (Director Global Public Policy and Head of eBay Inc. Public Policy Lab EMEA)
Reusable data, reusable assets

16.30 Open discussion with invited participants

17.30 Conclusions by Prof. Marco Ricolfi

Ulteriori informazioni e contatti

Per maggiori informazioni potete contattare Francesco Ruggiero, francesco.ruggiero[at]polito[dot]it