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SXSW Interactive 2016

Regulate All the (Internet of) Things!

As more everyday objects are embedded with software, sensors and network connectivity, the resulting “Internet of Things” opens new possibilities to control and learn more about ourselves and our environment.
But with these opportunities also come new challenges. Turning commonplace objects into computers introduces a host of questions about copyright and DRM, privacy, public health, wireless spectrum and other issues into areas heretofore untouched by such concerns.
It is inevitable that lawmakers and regulators will step into this breach. The decisions they make about laws governing the future of “things” will fundamentally shape how we interact with the world, for better or worse.

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Zach Graves, Sr Fellow, R Street Institute

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