Governing the Internet of Things

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General Information
Dates: 30 March 2018
Location: Washington, DC, USA

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Issue Areas
Internet of Things
Internet Governance Lab (American University)

The Internet’s architecture and governance structures have been designed to enable innovation, global communication and the free flow of information, but the Internet of Things presents a new range of governance challenges. An Internet embedded in the material world creates new and increased concerns around privacy, security, and the possibility of physical harm to people and disruption of material infrastructure. To what extent do the Internet’s underlying architectural and governance principles need to evolve to address these risks? What is the outlook for security and privacy in the context of ubiquitous cyber-physical systems that range from cars to medical devices to home control systems? What forms of inequality and discrimination are emerging in this environment? This panel brings together stakeholders from industry, design communities, civil society and academia to address the transformation of Internet governance in the age of cyber-physical systems.


  • Cory Doctorow
    Author, Activist, Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Paul Ohm
    Professor Georgetown Law
  • Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino
    Coordinator Open Internet of Things Certification Mark
  • Gilad Rosner
    Founder Internet of Things Privacy Forum
  • Tatevik Sargsyan
    Senior Research Fellow, Ranking Digital Rights Project, New America Foundation
  • Adam Thierer
    Senior Research Fellow, Technology Policy Program, Mercatus Center at George Mason University
  • Derrick Cogburn
    Associate Professor and Faculty Director, Internet Governance Lab at American University
  • Laura DeNardis
    Professor and Faculty Director, Internet Governance Lab at American University
  • Andrew Rens
    Research Fellow, Internet Governance Lab at American University