Secure or not, IoT is everywhere. Get used to it.

JASON PERLOW | March 1, 2016

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With some astonishment I read last week's IoT paranoia-inducing Op-Ed column in the New York Times, "Why Smart Objects May Be a Dumb Idea" written by Zeynep Tufekci, who is an assistant professor at UNC Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science. There's a famous George Bernard Shaw quote from his 1903 play Man and Superman that many of you are probably familiar with that I'm inclined to use here as it relates to the competency and real-life experience of teachers and academia.

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