Google glass, self-driving cars, and more–the “Internet of Things” is rapidly taking over our society and with it comes positives–like government transparency and information access–but also negatives. According to UW professor Philip Howard, by succumbing to this new era of internet we risk sacrificing personal privacy and freedom. Pax Technica is his vision for a possible future–an alternative to the technologies of today–one where people and governments work together to create a more open, secure internet. In conversation with comScore’s Mark Donovan, he’ll explain the downfalls of the rising Internet of Things (political manipulation, control over society) and offer a glimpse at Pax Technica’s promise for a better world.
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About Howard: Philip N. Howard is a professor of communication, information and international affairs at the University of Washington. He is the author, most recently, of Pax Technica: How the Internet of Things May Set Us Free or Lock Us Up. He is a frequent commentator on technology and politics for the national and international media. He blogs at www.philhoward.org and tweets from @pnhoward.
Presented by: Town Hall, World Affairs Council, and University Book Store, as part of the Civics series.
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and the True-Brown Foundation.