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Roundtable: "Interlocking or Interfering? Internet Governance of Things and the Global Intellectual Property Regime"

  • American University 4400 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20016 United States (map)

The Internet Governance Lab at American University (AU) is hosting the roundtable "Interlocking or Interfering? Internet Governance of Things and the Global Intellectual Property Regime" featuring Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Andrew Rens on Monday, April 16 from 2:30pm-4:30pm in the School of International Service (SIS) Building Room 300 on the AU campus.

The Internet of Things, Internet connected cars, cows and cardiac monitors, raises a host of challenges for the multi-stakeholder processes that emerged to govern the Internet. How will Internet governance address predicaments of privacy, security, and liability raised by the IoT? Internet governance as currently configured works around the more rigid global intellectual property regime, constituted by treaties and the enforcement power of the World Trade Organisation. But intellectual property problems; patent gridlock, weaponised anti-circumvention rules, and trade secrets, threaten not only the development of the IoT but to severely constrain the possibilities for global governance of the Internet of Things.