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Vinton G. Cerf, co-creator of the Internet’s key networking technology, will give the keynote address at the Federal Trade Commission’s Internet of Things workshop on Nov. 19 in Washington, D.C. FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez and Commissioner Maureen K. Ohlhausen will give remarks during the event.

The tentative agenda for the workshop includes speeches and panel discussions on topics surrounding the opportunities and challenges for consumers related to the growing number of Internet-connected devices that touch their lives. From household goods to automobiles, the ability of devices to connect with each other and the world provides countless benefits to consumers, but also raises important questions about how to protect consumer privacy and security.

Cerf, who is vice president and chief internet evangelist for Google, Inc., is the co-creator of TCP/IP, the communication protocol that powers nearly all communication on the Internet. Over his career, he has helped shape the technology that led to the revolutionary impact of the Internet on the lives of billions. In his current position, he is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies to support the development of advanced, Internet-based products and services. Cerf is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Technology.

The workshop will be held at the FTC Conference Center, 601 New Jersey Avenue NW in Washington, and is free and open to the public. Detailed information about the Internet of Things workshop can be found on the FTC website.

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Jay Mayfield
Office of Public Affairs
Karen Jagielski,
Bureau of Consumer Protection