How might the IoT make politics more effective, more transparent, and more meaningful? The 2016 presidential election in the United States was one for the record books—one that was rife with controversy on both sides of the aisle. Social media played an unprecedentedly important role in how the candidates interacted with the media, the public, and each other. In some cases, the campaigns’ connectedness fanned the flames of controversy. For their part, the public not only clung to candidates’ every tweet, but also took to their devices to find the latest information about who said what, to read what the experts were saying, or simply to find out where to vote. The age of the IoT (Internet of Things) promises to improve many aspects of public and private life, and this may include politics—the activities associated with governance. The question is, from both a citizen’s and a politician’s standpoint, how will the IoT revolutionize politics in the years to come? By the year 2050, for instance, will IoT data play a more important role in how governments and politicians interact with the public and vice-versa? How might IoT technology change the voting process in future elections? Mark Skilton, professor of
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