Zittrain cited examples of smart, or Internet-connected devices the government could potentially use. Those include smart TVs, smartphones, baby monitors, but even smart dolls like Hello Barbie and Internet-connected pregnancy tests.
In his report, Zittrain worries that the government will force manufacturers to create a backdoor to get past encryption. The government has some compelling reasons to want to do that.
Case in point: The government still can't get past encryption on the smartphones used by the San Bernardino terrorists, who killed 14 people in December.
Note: There is some encouraging news to report. The House of Representatives is considering a 2016 bill that will make it illegal for states to require manufacturers to design products so they can be decrypted. Let your representative know you support the ENCRYPT Act.
What do you think? Should the government be allowed to compel manufacturers to design devices they can remotely access? Let us know in comments.