Saheli Datta Burton

Research Fellow, University College London

Saheli Datta Burton is a Research Fellow at the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP), University College London. She is the Principal Investigator for the EPSRC funded PETRAS project Building Evidence for Code of Practice Legislation (BECL), a Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Politics, University of Vienna; Newton Fellow, Indian Institute of Science, India; Editor of Science & Technology Studies, journal of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) and former Research Associate at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, King’s College London. Saheli holds an PhD and MSc from the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy at King’s College London and a BA in Economics from Columbia University, USA. Saheli is interested in the international political economy of emerging digital technologies with a focus on health and medicine.


“The Geopolitics of Industrial IoT”

Discussions and debates in forums like the UN ITU, ENISA the IEEE and the IETF have become important sites for the global governance of the Internet of Things (IoT). The industrial IoT (IIoT) as a domain with significant safety and security implications that receives less attention than consumer IoT. Indeed, the IIoT is an area where ambitions of increased productivity and efficiency very much outweigh security concerns and this makes it particularly susceptible to the vulnerabilities that emerge in the IoT generally. In this context, standards are increasingly understood as a powerful mechanism through which IoT governance is enacted. The governance and security of IIoT infrastructure is regarded by states as linked to national security, national interest and state power. Consequently, understanding how different states are engaging with standards negotiations, which states are taking newly assertive roles, and which states are forming powerful alliances in standards forums is critical to understanding how technology and geopolitics will intersect in the coming decades.

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