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.

Confirmed Speakers

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

Date and Time

March 30, 2018
9:30 PM – 3:00 PM EST


American University
Media Innovation Lab
McKinley Hall
4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016