August 27, 2020

ABA 5th Annual National Institute on the Internet of Things to take place virtually

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2020 — The American Bar Association Section of Science & Technology Law will hold its fifth annual Internet of Things (IoT) National Institute, this year  virtually for the first time, spanning five consecutive Wednesdays from Sept. 2 through Sept. 30. The online programs will feature an array of leading technology, national and cybersecurity experts, including featured speakers Eric Holder, Ann Cavoukian, Thomas J. Smedinghoff, Michael Chertoff, Joe D. Whitley, General R. Patrick Huston and Jim Dempsey.

The virtual weekly online programs will cover the latest topics in the IoT including 5G, safety, risk, and liability management, and digital threats to elections. The IoT National Institute brings together corporate representatives, policymakers, academics and lawyers to discuss the latest legal, legislative, regulatory, and liability issues as well as global trends.

Internet of Things (IoT) National Institute
Sponsored by the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law

Wednesdays — Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30


Three one-hour programs each Wednesday from Noon to 3:30 p.m. ET.  Programs include:

Day 1

  • Sept. 2, “Fast Forward on IoT Technology” – These programs will cover the latest IoT technology legal risks and the latest emerging issues including 5G, deep fakes and the Identity of Things, and IoT product safety.
  • “A Crash Course on the Power and Legal Risks of IoT Technology” (Noon-1 p.m.)

Ann Cavoukian, the former privacy commissioner of Ontario will give the keynote address.

  •  “Deep Fakes and the Identity of Things” (2:30-3:30 p.m.)                                                                                    Thomas J. Smedinghoff, of Counsel, Locke Lord, LLP, will discuss the risks associated with the Identity of Things.  

Day 2                                                                                           

Michael Chertoff, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will give the keynote address.

Day 3

  • Sept. 16, “Fast Forward on Strategic IoT Lawyering – programs focus on tools a lawyer needs to manage risk including, litigation, contracting, and insurance.
    • “Courting Trouble? How IoT Attracts Litigation and Liability” (Noon-1 p.m.)                               Joe D. Whitley, former general counsel, Department of Homeland Security, will give the keynote address.

Day 4

  • Sept. 23, “Fast Forward on The Future of IoT -programming address the connected workplace, ethics (and professional responsibility credit), also what is next in the future of IoT.
  • “Peering into the Crystal Ball: The Ghost of IoT”  (2:30-3:30 p.m.)

R. Patrick Huston, Brigadier General U.S. Army, assistant Judge Advocate General for Military Law and Operations, will give the keynote address.

Day 5 (optional)

  • Sept. 30, “Fast Forward on Data, Data Everywhere, and Not a Chance to Think,” which will address the intersection of IoT and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Topics include, surveillance technology, privacy issues in contact tracing, and digital threats to elections.
  • “The Race Is On: Getting Ahead of Disinformation, Disruption, and Other Digital Threats to Elections” (Noon-1 p.m.)

The program will include a "fireside chat" between Eric Holder, a Covington & Burling partner and former U.S. Attorney General, and Jim Dempsey, Berkley Center for Law & Technology executive director.

For a complete list of Virtual Annual Meeting programs, click here. Media can register for the meeting by emailing Betsy Adeboyejo at

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