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.
Information access and the 800-pound gorilla," arguing that there is a disconnect between the public interest and US copyright law because the current copyright statute hinders public access to information. Specifically, Geffert focused most of his attacks on the life-of-the-author-plus-70-years term of US copyright protection, arguing that the sheer length of time that creators are granted exclusive rights to their work under the current law keeps libraries from distributing a wealth of information to the world via the internet.