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According to the World Economic Forum, “In the next 10 years, the ‘internet of things’ revolution will dramatically alter manufacturing, energy, agriculture, transportation and other industrial sectors of the economy. … It will also fundamentally transform how people will work through new interactions between humans and machines.”

From connected cars and industrial systems to toothbrushes and refrigerators, this technology seems to be everywhere in the daily lives of consumers. With these modern conveniences, there are also privacy violations and security risks that must be considered while using them.

The first comprehensive legal text focused on IoT, The Internet of Things: Legal Issues, Policy, and Practical Strategies, provides perspectives on public policy and assesses the broad range of legal issues, such as licensing, liability, electronic discovery and intellectual property, while addressing the current lack of regulation.

Co-editors Cynthia H. Cwik, Christopher A. Suarez and Lucy L. Thomson have compiled chapters by some of the leading authorities on IoT, including a foreword by lawyer Michael Chertoff, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; and reflections on IoT by Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

In this new episode of the Modern Law Library podcast, Olivia Aguilar of ABA Publishing speaks with Cwik about why IoT devices are some of the most vulnerable hacker targets, the impact of these devices on national security, and potential future regulatory measures.

Podcast listeners can purchase The Internet of Things through the ABA web store.

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Cynthia H. Cwik

Cynthia H. Cwik is currently a distinguished careers institute fellow at Stanford University. She has practiced law at two global law firms, including serving five years as a partner with Jones Day and 15 years as a partner with Latham & Watkins. She was chair of the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law from 2015 to 2016. Cwik recently received the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law’s Chair’s Award for the 2018-2019 bar year in recognition of her many years of outstanding leadership and commitment to the section.

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