The internet of bureaucracy

Ready the reports! IoT gets a congressional caucus.

The internet of things has not escaped the eagle eyes of the U.S. Congress. Even as the president is looking at the implications of connected devices on privacy along with the chairwoman of the FTC, two representatives have announced a Congressional Caucus on the Internet of Things (IoT).

Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Courts and the Internet, and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA) on Tuesday said they would create this group with the goal of explaining the internet of things to legislators. Or, as the press release announcing the caucus put it:

[blockquote person=”” attribution=””]”The IoT Caucus will focus on educating Members on the development of innovative technology and public policy in the ‘Internet of Things’ space. The Caucus will inform Members about new opportunities and challenges in health, transportation, home, workplace, and more as everyday devices take advantage of network connectivity to create new value.”
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The Caucus might help take the president’s speech and the FTC’s reports and advice and translate those into more powerful laws, or could craft laws that would work in harmony with proposed regulations or executive orders or proposals.

Done well, a unifying group for the internet of things where the many regulatory issues such as spectrum policy, data privacy and medical device approvals can all have an effect on development could make for less confusing laws. In the hands of a divided and corrupt Congress, it just seems like another chance to bluster and ask for more corporate handouts so a few groups can get their way or block their opponents.