How You Can Shape the U.S. Government's Policies and Regulations Regarding the Internet of Things

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration is offering a one-of-a kind opportunity to influence the ways in which the U.S. government responds to the growth of IoT technologies.
By Ronald E. Quirk Jr.

Policy Issues
The NITA seeks comments on critical policy issues related to IoT implementation:

Cybersecurity. IoT implementation presents many new and unique security challenges. Users need to trust that IoT devices and related services are secure from vulnerabilities. Poorly secured IoT devices and services can serve as potential entry points for cyberattack and exposure for data theft. Consequently, the NTIA wants stakeholders to provide information concerning their most important IoT cybersecurity issues, how they may differ from other cybersecurity issues, and what actions the federal government should take regarding policies and/or standards in regard to IoT cybersecurity.

Privacy. The IoT raises concerns about increased surveillance, as well as the ways in which personal data is collected, analyzed, used and protected. The NTIA seeks comments on privacy concerns specifically raised by the IoT, how they are different from other privacy concerns, and what policies the federal government should take in response to specific privacy issues.

Economic Equity. The NTIA requests information on how the IoT could potentially help disadvantaged communities or groups. Examples include how rural communities could benefit from the IoT; IoT implementation challenges and economic obstacles for disadvantaged communities; and what role the federal government should play in ensuring that the positive elements of the IoT reach all Americans, while protecting disadvantaged communities from being disproportionately impacted by negative impacts.

International Engagement
In the RPC, the NTIA acknowledges that other nations' IoT implementation policies could cause problems for the United States: "[C]ountry specific strategies threaten the possibility of a global patchwork of approaches to IoT, which would increase costs and delay the launch of new products, dampening investment." With the goal of working with stakeholders to take a "holistic, ecosystem-wide view that identifies opportunities and assesses risks across the digital economy," the agency seeks comments on factors it should consider in international engagement, such as standards and specific organizations, bilateral and multilateral engagements, and industry alliances; Internet governance issues; factors that could impede the growth of the IoT outside the United States, such as data or service localization or other barriers to trade; and how the U.S. government should address these matters.

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