OpenDoTT (Open Design of Trusted Things)

OpenDoTT was a PhD programme from the University of Dundee, Northumbria University and Mozilla to explore how to build a more open, secure, and trustworthy Internet of Things. This program trained technologists, designers, and researchers to create and advocate for connected products that are better, healthier and more people-centred.

This project emerged from a long collaboration with Mozilla around the Open IoT Studio, which recognised the growing integration of IoT into our every day lives, and asked how we could build these technologies more responsibly. This program aimed to develop future leaders who could work across sectors to advocate for this vision of responsible IoT.

Over three years, five Early Stage Researchers explored the challenges of responsible IoT across different scales, from the body to the city. Alongside this, a program of training developed wide-ranging skills including: design research from the University of Dundee and Northumbria University; open technology and healthy internet practices from Mozilla; open hardware from Officine Innesto; field research from Quicksand and STBY; internet policy from the University of the Arts Berlin; responsible IoT from ThingsCon; and usable security from SimplySecure.

Key Publications

Key, C., Browne, F., Taylor, N. and Rogers, J. (2021). Proceed with care: Reimagining home IoT through a care perspective. Proceedings of CHI 2021, ACM. doi:10.1145/3411764.3445602 (Honorable Mention Award)

Key, C., Gatehouse, C. and Taylor, N. (2022). Feminist care in the anthropocene: Packing and unpacking tensions in posthumanist HCI. Proceedings of DIS 2022, ACM, 677–692. doi:10.1145/3532106.3533540 (Best Paper Award)

Funding Details

Open Design of Trusted Things. European Commission (813508). Jan 2019–Dec 2022.