Mailyn Fidler: Ubiquity, Interrupted? European Governance of the Internet of Things as an Emerging Technology

The Internet’s transformative effects on society are well established. The Internet, however, is expanding and is on the cusp of establishing a ubiquitous presence in everyday objects. With a specific focus on European Union, my Stanford honors thesis analyzes the attempts of governance bodies to grapple with this emerging “Internet of Things” (IoT). As part of my research, from June 2012 through February 2013, I interviewed policy, industry, non-profit, and academic experts in Europe, China, and the United States about emerging government approaches to the IoT. This summary describes my main findings, and the full manuscript is available on request. (Mailyn Fidler <mfidler at>)


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