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Leading up to the second annual IoT Privacy Summit on June 17 we’ll be featuring a series of blog posts about the panels and speakers at the upcoming event.


The cities of the future are almost here. Connected technology is not just for wearable devices — it can also be utilized to increase the efficiency of cities and streamline the lives of citizens.

Envisioning a smart city might make you think of modern architecture but connected technology will do so much more than make a city look advanced. Smart water and energy systems will be key in launching a smart city. Smart LED streetlights will provide better energy efficiency. And innovators are currently brainstorming ways the average citizen can connect with and utilize this data to improve their lives.

However, as we move toward the connected cities of the near future it’s important to keep privacy in mind. In one TRUSTe survey about data collection and consumer awareness, only 20% of respondents said they believe the benefits of smart devices outweigh any privacy concern about their personal information. Clearly, consumers need to be assured that their privacy will be respected before the IoT can truly flourish.

Join us for the IoT Privacy Summit 2015 on June 17 where one of the many panels will discuss this specific topic. The “Enabling Smart Cities: Planning for Privacy” panel takes place at 1 p.m.

Speakers include:

  • Eric Wenger, Director, Global Government Affairs Cybersecurity and Privacy Policy at Cisco Systems
  • Peter Marx, Chief Technology Officer, City of Los Angeles
  • Jen King, Privacy Researcher, UC Berkeley School of Information
  • Fatemeh Khatibloo, Principal Analyst, Forrester Research

To read the first post in this series about the panels at the Summit click here.