The Internet of Everything Paradox on Growth and Inequality

Richard Newton Rooms
Level 5, Electrical Engineering Building
The University of Melbourne


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Fiorella Chiodo

Seminar: Robert Pepper PhD

Vice President, Global Technology Policy, Cisco

Using research from Cisco's Visual Networking Index, the World Economic Forum and other sources, Robert Pepper outlines the impact that the Internet of Everything (IoE) – the networked connection of people, data, process, and things – is having on global economic growth and inequality and what actions technologists and policy makers can take to embrace the benefits of the IoE revolution.

About Robert Pepper

Robert Pepper leads Cisco's Global Technology Policy team working with governments across the world in areas such as broadband, IP enabled services, wireless and spectrum policy, security, privacy, Internet governance and ICT development.

He joined Cisco in July 2005 from the FCC where he served as Chief of the Office of Plans and Policy and Chief of Policy Development beginning in 1989 where he led teams developing policies promoting the development of the Internet, implementing telecommunications legislation, planning for the transition to digital television, and designing and implementing the first U.S. spectrum auctions.

Before joining the FCC, he was Director of the Annenberg Washington Program in Communications Policy. His government service also included Acting Associate Administrator at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and initiating a program on Computers, Communications and Information Policy at the National Science Foundation.

His academic appointments included faculty positions at the Universities of Iowa, Indiana, and Pennsylvania, and as a research affiliate at Harvard University. He serves on the board of the U.S. Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI) and advisory boards for Columbia University and Michigan State University, and is a Communications Program Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He is a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce's Spectrum Management Advisory Committee, the UK's Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board and the U.S. Department of State's Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy.

Dr. Pepper received his B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Seminar Details

Date: Thursday 20 August 2015
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Venue: Richard Newton Rooms, Level 5 Electrical Engineering Building, University of Melbourne
RSVP: Fiorella Chiodo,


Download Dr Pepper's presentation (pdf 5.5MB).