The Atomic Age of Data: Policies for the Internet of Things

July 7, 2015  • Communications and Society Program

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The Twenty-Ninth Annual Aspen Institute Conference on Communications Policy, titled “Developing Policies for the Internet of Things,” took place August 13-16, 2014 in Aspen, CO. As the world becomes increasingly connected and more objects become embedded with sensors, the Internet of Things is poised to explode, with estimates of 25 billion connected devices by 2020. 35 knowledgeable participants gathered to examine how specifically should communications policies accommodate the new Internet of Everything? Written by rapporteur Ellen P. Goodman, the report explores the nascent promises and challenges of the IoT. In examining the interplay between the vast increase in data created on the Internet of Things (IoT), and the resultant strain on the networks that carry this information, and the group came to a realization. Data needs to be thought of as ““infrastructure.”

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