Dr Robert Pepper leads Cisco's Global Technology Policy team. He introduced himself using the Alcoholics Anonymous gag as ‘I'm a regulator, but I haven't regulated today’ as, prior to Cisco, he spent 23 years at the FCC, which regulates communications in the US.
This fascinating lecture, explored the paradox that exists between safety, security and privacy (and the attendant regulation) on the one hand and innovation, access and openness on the other. The webcast, which can be viewed online at http://conferences.theiet.org/turing/webcast/index.cfm, should be required viewing for all those interested in the future of the Internet in an age where the "Internet of Everything" will affect us all. A (very) few of the key points in a highly interesting and stimulating talk were:
- despite the exponential growth in the internet, 99 per cent of the things that could be connected (broad definition) are not yet connected;
- by 2020, he expects 20 billion IP addresses to be connected;
- despite the huge data collected through the internet, less than half a per cent is actually analysed - and the societal impact can only be managed when that data is turned into insight;
- 1.46 million are now employed in digital roles in the UK and there are 45,000 current vacancies.