Day 4: IoT 2020 Virtual National Institute

    12 PM EDT

    This session is Day 4 of the Internet of Things (IoT) 2020 Virtual National institute. This session will focus on the connected workplace, ethics (and professional responsibility credit), and the crystal ball we all need to see what’s next.

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    Register now. You can register for one or more Fast Forward sessions or for the entire conference series (with a corresponding discount and bonuses). The choice is up to you. If one of the dates doesn’t work, you can access the recorded session for 30 days (just not for CLE credit) – one advantage over an in-person conference.

    12:00-1:00 pm - IoT on the Job: How IoT Is Transforming the Workplace

    Novel uses of IoT are designed to promote workplace safety and worker efficiency. The widespread deployment of robots that will work side-by-side with human workers is coming. Sensors that industrial companies embed in employee uniforms and helmets can detect hazardous conditions. AI systems are helping recruiters and human resource professionals hire and manage an enterprise's workforce. Technologists are creating an "intelligent workplace" consisting of smartphones, wearables, and applications to facilitate decision-making, measure performance, and take care of most routine tasks. The panel will discuss the implications these complex and sometimes controversial practices:

    • Do IoT monitoring activities invade employee privacy, especially when the monitoring is high-tech or unexpected? How does the answer change beyond the U.S.?
    • Are there other inappropriate or unlawful uses of IoT data in the employment context?
    • Do AI systems used to hire and manage an enterprise's workforce contain algorithmic bias?
    • Could an employer's use of IoT lead to discrimination, whistleblower, or retaliation claims?
    • What additional issues and concerns arise from use of IoT devices in the workplace for COVID-19 contact tracing?

    Christine E. Lyon, Partner, Morrison & Foerster        
    Natalie A. Pierce, Shareholder and Co-Chair, Robotics, AI and Automation Practice Group, Littler Mendelson P.C.

    1:15-2:15 pm - IoT: An Existential Threat to Ethics?

    Continually emerging technology and 24/7 connectivity are raising ethical issues for everyone — especially lawyers. The ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct make clear that lawyers’ duties not only apply in all technological contexts but also specifically include a duty to keep up on technological advancements and their implications for clients. The recent ABA Formal Opinion 483 (lawyer obligations regarding a cyber breach/attack) deserves special consideration in an IoT world where everything is connected … and vulnerable. The pace of technological innovation and new digital business models seems to track Moore’s Law, thereby making the task of staying abreast of developments even more challenging. Likewise, with mobile devices and smart technology generating an endless stream of information, attorneys must consider how to advise clients about discovery and use of such information (including data analytics). This highly interactive panel will explore these issues and help attendees address threats to ethical obligations.

    Merri A. Baldwin, Co-Chair & Shareholder, Attorney Liability and Conduct Practice Group, Rogers Joseph O’Donnell
    Kathryn J. Fritz, Partner, Fenwick & West LLP

    2:30-3:30 pm - Peering into the Crystal Ball: The Ghost of IoT Future

    As new applications for technologies emerge, visions for our future and how we legislate and regulate IoT begin to unfold. Are these the shadows of the Internet of Things that will be, or are they shadows of the Internet of Things that may be? Following remarks from our keynote speaker, panelists will take a futurist look at how IoT innovations are likely to influence policy, industry regulation, and international law.

    R. Patrick Huston, Brigadier General, U.S. Army; Assistant Judge Advocate General (Keynote)
    Laura A. Possessky, Senior Business Affairs Attorney, Corporation for Public Broadcasting; Section Secretary and Membership and Diversity Chair, ABA Science & Technology Law Section (Moderator)
    Laura DeNardis, Professor and Interim Dean, American University School of Communication
    Paul Ohm, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center; Faculty Director, Georgetown Institute for Technology Law & Policy

    Event Details






    Sep 23, 2020

    2020-09-23T12:00:00-04:00 2020-09-23T15:30:00-04:00 Day 4: IoT 2020 Virtual National Institute

    This session is Day 4 of the Internet of Things (IoT) 2020 Virtual National institute. This session will focus on the connected workplace, ethics (and professional responsibility credit), and the crystal ball we all need to see what’s next.


    Section of Science & Technology Law

    MCLE Information

    The ABA will seek 3.00 hours of CLE credit in 60-minute states, and 3.60 hours of CLE credit for this program in 50-minute states, including 1.00 hours of CLE Ethics and Professional Responsibility in 60-minute states and 1.20 hours of CLE Ethics and Professional Responsibility in 50-minute states. Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.

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