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The Internet of Things: Understanding the Issues and Challenges of a More Connected World

Date: October 2015

Language: English

Author: Karen Rose, Scott Eldridge, Lyman Chapin

Publisher: Internet Society

Format: PDF

Size: 1,236 KB

Pages: 53


The Internet of Things promises to offer a revolutionary, fully connected “smart” world as the relationships between objects, their environment, and people become more tightly intertwined. Yet the issues and challenges associated with IoT need to be considered and addressed in order for the potential benefits for individuals, society, and the economy to be realized.

This overview document is designed to help the Internet Society community navigate the dialogue surrounding the Internet of Things in light of the competing predictions about its promises and perils. Five key IoT issue areas are examined to explore some of the most pressing challenges and questions related to the technology. These include security; privacy; interoperability and standards; legal, regulatory, and rights; and emerging economies and development. Published by the Internet Society in October 2015.

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