The Trustable Technology Mark aims to highlight the work of those companies that put in the extra effort of building truly trustworthy devices.

Who is behind this?

The Trustable Technology Mark is a ThingsCon initiative. It is developed with support from the Mozilla Foundation in the form of a Mozilla Fellowship for project lead and ThingsCon co-founder Peter Bihr.

ThingsCon is a global community & event platform for IoT practitioners. Our mission is to foster the creation of a human-centric & responsible Internet of Things (IoT).

How does the Trustable Technology Mark work?

The Trustable Technology Mark evaluates the trustworthiness of a connected device, based on information provided by the device maker and reviewed by experts from the ThingsCon network.

The Trustable Tech Mark isn‘t a baseline certification but a differentiator for those companies leading the way in trustable technology and user rights.

The certification process is free to use, and all supporting materials are openly licensed under a Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA)

5 Dimensions of Trust

The Trustable Technology Mark evaluates 5 dimensions that are essential to establish the trustworthiness of a connected device.

Privacy & Data Practices

Is it designed using state of the art data practices, and respectful of user rights?

Transparency

Is it made clear to users what the device does and how data might be used?

Security

Is it made clear to users what the device does and how data might be used?

Stability

How robust is the device and how long of a life cycle can a consumer reasonably expect?

Openness

How open are both the device and the manufacturer‘s processes? Is open data used or generated?

The first four of these dimensions are the foundational building blocks of trustworthiness

Without a strong commitment to security, transparency, data protection and stability (in the sense of designing for robustness and longevity), a connected device cannot be trusted.

The fifth dimension, openness, plays a special role: In our view, openness is not a required condition, but it is a strong indicator for trustworthiness. Concretely, when evaluating incoming applications we look for openness, and if the device is largely open we look at the rest of the application with a stronger assumption of trustworthiness.

A pool of experts from the ThingsCon network reviews all applications based on the information provided by the device maker as part of a self-assessment for completeness and consistency, and follows up for clarification if necessary. The results of the self-assessment are published in full under an open license as part of the certification requirements.

For those companies who already have done the hard work, documenting their work is easy and quick. The whole process is free.

Our Partners

A wide range of partner organizations from academia, policy, and design practice contribute to the Trustmark and use it in their research and practice.

The Trustable Technology mark is a ThingsCon initiative. It is developed with support from the Mozilla Foundation in the form of a Mozilla Fellowship for project lead and ThingsCon co-founded Peter Bihr.

Don’t hesitate to contact us at: info@trustabletech.org