How Can Policymakers and Regulators Better Engage the Internet of Things?

Oct 01, 2015Oct 02, 2015
Rayburn House Office Building B-338

Event Speakers

Adam Thierer

Senior Research Fellow

Event Video

The world today is seemingly always plugged into the Internet and technologies are constantly sharing data about our personal and professional lives. Device connectivity is on an upward trend with Cisco estimating that 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020. Collection and data sharing by these devices introduces a host of new vulnerabilities, raising concerns about safety, security, and privacy for policymakers and regulators.

 The Mercatus Center at George Mason University invites you to join Adam Thierer, senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center, for a Regulation University to discuss the best course of action for dealing with network technologies, without derailing innovation.

 This program will:

  • Outline the benefits of regulating based on the organic and “bottom-up” solutions of permissionless innovation instead of a “top-down,” permission-first approach;
  • Present existing legal remedies and other solutions for dealing with emerging network technologies; and
  • Instruct policy makers on how they can work with agencies to apply a framework of permissionless innovation.

Space is limited. Please register online for this event.

This event is free and open to all congressional and federal agency staff. Lunch will be provided. Due to space constraints, this event is not open to interns. Questions? Please contact Brittany Hunter at