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FTC and DoT: how do you regulate a potentially dangerous emerging market?

Recent comments from the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Transport (DoT), regarding their role in regulating IoT devices and development, have caught Riot’s eye – against the backdrop of ongoing IoT security debacles. Both are illustrative of the complexities of trying to govern as gargantuan an entity as the IoT, and an exploration of the topic is needed. The US Transportation Secretary, Elaine Chao, has said that the DoT that she heads-up is reviewing the self-driving vehicle guidelines that were passed in the last months of the Obama administration. Speaking at the National Governors Association, Chao also called for automakers to better explain the benefits of the technology to a potentially skeptical public. Those guidelines called for…

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