Everything Is Connected with Dr. Laura DeNardis

Series: Speaker Series
January 14, 2021

Everything Is Connected with Dr. Laura DeNardis

Is our ever-increasing connectivity to the internet blurring the lines between our physical and virtual worlds? How can we manage the balance between the benefits and dangers of the Internet of Things (IoT)?

On Jan. 13, 2021, the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) hosted CIGI Senior Fellow Dr. Laura DeNardis to celebrate the launch of her latest book, The Internet in Everything: Freedom and Security in a World with No Off Switch (Yale University Press, 2020). In her book, Dr. DeNardis introduces the idea that the diffusion of the internet into the physical world radically escalates governance concerns around privacy, discrimination, human safety, democracy and national security. The social and economic benefits of the IoT are great, but the internet infrastructure has become a proxy for political power where an outage in cyberspace could result in not only a loss of communication but also potentially a loss of life.

Following her presentation, Dr. DeNardis is joined by CIGIs Managing Director and General Counsel Aaron Shull for a Q&A session on the strengths of power embedded in our existing technology and new cyber policy solutions for a world where everything is connected.

From September to May each year, the CIGI Speaker Series are presented on important international topics to raise public awareness and understanding on a variety of current global issues. This series features some of the most prominent and acclaimed figures in their respective areas of global governance.
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