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Thanks for the catch, epjones.
I definitely relate to some of your concerns about corporatocracy, and I agree that Cisco will have to be extremely transparent if this technology is going to fulfill Chambers's predictions. The same goes for its partners, who are the ones actually implementing Cisco's stuff for the end user.
The second slide overviews security and privacy to the extent that Chambers talked about it at CES-- i.e. mostly broad allusions to users being able to opt in or opt out, and to users being "in control." But as I mentioned on the same slide, Chambers didn't elaborate on this attitude, or how it might vary across different products and services-- e.g. how is opting in or out of a television service different from opting in or out of a smart car service?
I actually heard someone at Cisco suggest once that data from the "quantified self" could one day be used to dictate your health care costs in the same way that credit scores are currently used to dictate your loan options. That sounds positively dystopic to me. That said, I've probably talked to Cisco execs a dozen times in the last year about IoE, and the importance of "opt in/ opt out" transparency has been a recurring theme. I was also there early last year when Chambers pitched business and government leaders on the idea of an Internet of Things World Forum, and everyone present appeared appropriately aware of the tech's privacy and security implications.
In the end, if IoE is done right, I think it can be profoundly positive-- but if it's not done right, we could have profound results of another sort.