Fellows' Presentation

Civilizing the Internet of Things

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Part of the 2019–2020 Fellows' Presentation Series

Lecture by Francine Berman RI '20

Free and open to the public.


Francine Berman’s current work focuses on the social and environmental impact of the Internet of Things (IoT)—a deeply interconnected ecosystem of billions of devices and systems that are transforming commerce, science, and society. IoT technologies can be used to disrupt, exploit, bias, bully, and intrude as well as to make our lives safer, more efficient, and more convenient. Berman is exploring the larger social and environmental ecosystem needed to develop an IoT that maximizes benefits, minimizes risk, and promotes individual protections, the public good, and planetary responsibility.