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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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  1. When most everyday objects rely on software to work, how will this alter the concept of ownership? Do our copyright laws need to be modernized?
  2. When smart objects become ubiquitous, how will existing regulatory structures be challenged, and how will they adapt?
  3. You don't need to tweet from your toaster. Similarly, a number of wearables and smart objects have failed. What has to happen for them to take off?

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Zach Graves, Sr Fellow, R Street Institute

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