A Discussion of “Owned: How the Internet of Things Took Our Property and Privacy”


josh-fairfield and Lauren Smith

On October 6, 2016, Professor Joshua Fairfield from the Washington and Lee University School of Law joined us to discuss a chapter from his upcoming book, “Owned: How the Internet of Things Took Our Property and Privacy.” The chapter highlights the importance of ownership in preserving privacy – and what society may lose with the erosion of ownership in the digital age. The chapter focuses on how more “concrete” property rights can serve as a backstop for buttressing harder-to-define privacy rights. A diverse group of attendees from business, government, advocacy, and academia joined to debate and discuss the chapter.