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Google’s Vint Cerf Defines Internet of Things Challenges

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Google chief Internet evangelist and ACM president Vint Cerf.

Google Chief Internet Evangelist and ACM president Vint Cerf anticipates "a period of mistakes and challenges" before strong regulations arise to address privacy and other issues related to the Internet of Things.

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Speaking at the recent Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) workshop on the Internet of Things (IoT), Google chief Internet evangelist and ACM president Vint Cerf said the industry is going to have to live through a period of mistakes and challenges before making strong regulations about the privacy issues and other challenges the IoT presents.

The FTC workshop examined the issues and challenges of everyday devices to communicate with each other and with users, and how the agency can regulate that activity. "Connected devices can communicate with consumers, transmit data back to companies, and compile data for third parties such as researchers, health care providers, or even other consumers, who can measure how their product usage compares with that of their neighbors," the FTC says.

Cerf, the keynote speaker at the workshop, said seven key challenges face the IoT, including standardized interfaces; the configuration of massive amounts of devices; strong access control and authentication; privacy and safety; instrumentation and feedback; dealing with software errors, vulnerabilities, and software updates, and potential opportunities for third-party businesses.

Cerf also noted that privacy issues were problematic, but he would not "simply assert privacy is dead."

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