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Internet of Things Dont be a FOOL; The Law is Not DIY

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Definition

The Internet of Things is the Internet. 

The consternation in defining IoT is premised on a false assumption that IoT is something new and distinct.  It is this new…. thing…. that somehow involves Fitbits and tractors that know how to plow fields and toys that spy on us.  IoT constitutes an evolution of the Internet, just like the Internet has evolved for the last four decades.  IoT is the Internet, only we have evolved from general purpose computers that require users interfacing with them, to specialized computers that have limited user interfaces that are embedded, ubiquitous, and prolific.  Otherwise, everything is the same.

Consider the home.  Twenty years ago there may have been a dial-up connection with a desktop computer shared among multiple users.  Now there is a broadband always-on connection shared among many specialized devices that require little human interaction in order to monitor, measure, and automatically process. 

Understanding IoT as an evolution, not a difference, helps to understand the policy implications of IoT.  We do not need a new IoT policy; we need to understand how IoT constitutes an evolution in current policy precedent.

Definitions from Literature

Elements to Internet of Things [NIST 800-183 p. 2] [5G Americas Comments to NTIA 2016 at 7] [AT&T Comments to NTIA 2016 at 10]

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