tens of millions of cars, and tens of billions of cameras, medical devices, home appliances, industrial systems, and other sensors will come online, enabling the flow of information between devices and consumers, businesses, and even governments. Homes could function more efficiently with connected appliances, entertainment, and security systems; cars could share information to their owner, manufacturer, or other cars; healthcare information could be processed more efficiently to individuals and medical professionals; and smart cities could allow governments to improve infrastructure using data analytics. In fact, a McKinsey report estimated that the IoT could deliver over $11 trillion in economic value by 2025, if businesses and policymakers are able to capitalize on its potential. But there are also risks. How do we maximize value and minimize the potential for harm when this universe of devices comes from thousands of different vendors and use multiple networks across the globe? Several members of Congress have offered constructive ideas on how to maximize the potential of IoT technologies, while keeping them safe.
writes in The New York Times, “you know it to be true: You are enslaved to the internet.” Ok, I admit it. I was so distracted, I could barely finish this retort. Douthat is not wrong that for many, “your day-to-day, minute-to-minute existence is dominated by a compulsion to check email and Twitter and Facebook and Instagram with a frequency that bears no relationship to any communicative need.” Yes, we know it’s true. We’ve all complained about the six teenagers crammed into a restaurant booth texting each other, eyes down, instead of talking. We may even have texted our complaint to our own dinner partner.
the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), which released a global survey report recording perceptions of women working in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector of barriers they face in advancing to full gender equality. If the global shortage of capable tech workers claimed to be preventing firms from growing as fast as they would like is to be addressed, it seems imperative that the proportion of women in this workforce must increase, since only one in four ICT sector jobs are held by women.