2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

How the Internet of Things Can Set Us Free (Maybe)

Saturday, March 12
10:00AM - 10:30AM

Austin Convention Center
Room 10AB
531 E 4th St


The “internet of things” is the expanding network of everyday objects—you can expect some 35 billion connected devices by 2020. The internet won’t be about your mobile phone or laptop anymore, it will be dominated by communication between devices, chips scattered over the natural world, and sensors embedded in our bodies. Should we fear or welcome the next internet? In my talk, based on my book “Pax Technica: How the Internet of Things May Set Us Free or Lock Us Up”, I demonstrate the value of the IoT and the privacy concerns that arise. I explain how the perfect behavioral data creates new opportunities for public conversation, community building, and political power.

Hashtags: #sxsw #paxtech


Phil Howard


Oxford University

Phil Howard is a professor and award winning writer. He teaches at Oxford University and is a Fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. His work focuses on the politi...

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