“Why We Need a New Social Contract for Connected Devices”

Every day, people buy products that have connections to the internet. It may be a light bulb, a smart speaker or a car or even a medical device. But because they connect to the internet, these products require an entirely new frame of reference for consumers, manufacturers and legislators to ensure they keep working, stay secure and behave as advertised—a new social contract for connected devices.

Members of the Case Western Reserve University community are invited to join the Institute for Smart, Secure, and Connected Systems (ISSACS) for a free conversation with Stacey Higginbotham Tuesday, March 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Tinkham Veale University Center, Ballroom A.

In her talk, titled “Why We Need a New Social Contract for Connected Devices,” Higginbotham will discuss the ways connected devices and systems fail, and how those failures should inform new business models, laws and regulations, and even etiquette.

Higginbotham has been covering technology topics for 20 years, most prominently on her long-running podcast and newsletter “Stacey on IoT” and more recently as an adviser to Consumer Reports on technology policy.

Light refreshments will be served during this event.

Register to attend.