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GAO, Technology Assessment: Internet of Things: Status and Implications of an Increasingly Connected World (GAO-17-75) (May 15, 2017) (full-text).


The rapid, global proliferation of IoT devices has generated significant interest. In light of the current and potential effects of the IoT on consumers, businesses, and policy makers, GAO was asked to conduct a technology assessment of the IoT.

This report provides an introduction to the IoT and describes what is known about current and emerging IoT technologies, and the implications of their use.

The IoT's rapid emergence brings the promise of important new benefits, but also presents potential challenges such as the following: