Raising the Standard: Bringing Security and Transparency to the Internet of Things?

Open Technology Institute 
New America

07/26/2018 - 12:00 to 14:00

By 2020, it is expected that there will be 20 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices deployed around the globe. As more companies release internet-connected devices, it is the security flaws making headline news rather than the potential of these devices to transform our world for the better.

Because of the rise in breaches and cyberattacks, consumers are increasingly worried about how companies use their personal data, resulting in a lack of trust in the businesses. One critical contributor in the campaign to build trust with consumers, strengthen privacy protections, and improve cybersecurity, particularly in the growing IoT space, is the use of independent consumer-technology product testing. 

The Digital Standard, a new open source testing system used by Consumer Reports, addresses the maturation of the IoT industry and the need for all stakeholders to collaborate in solving these complex issues. 

Opening Remarks: 

Rebecca Kelly Slaughter@RKSlaughterFTC 
Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission 

Participants: 

Maurice Turner@typemrt 
Senior Technologist, Center for Democracy and Technology 

Justin Brookman@justinbrookman 
Director of Privacy and Technology Policy, Consumers Union 

Matthew J. Eggers 
Vice President of Cybersecurity Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce 

Andi Wilson Thompson@andiathompson 
Policy Analyst, New America's Open Technology Institute 

Moderator: 

Fahmida Y. Rashid@FYRashid 
Senior Managing Editor, Decipher 

Additional participants to be confirmed.

Lunch will be served. 



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