Things of the Internet

Critical Minerals in the Information Age

In just 15 years, the world has gone from 400 million Internet users to 3.2 billion, and from 738 million cellular phone subscribers to 7 billion.

In this New America event, “the Internet of Things” will meet the “Things of the Internet,” or the minerals and metals that make up the circuits, screens, and batteries behind the meteoric rise of the Information Age.

An expert panel will discuss how the supply and demand patterns for these materials have changed, and what the implications are for our security, economy, and for clean energy technologies.

Follow the conversation online by using #InternetMinerals and following @NewAmerica.


David Abraham
Author, The Elements of Power: Gadgets, Guns, and the Struggle for a Sustainable Future in the Rare Metal Age

Dr. Diana Bauer
Director, Energy Systems Analysis and Integration, Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Dr. Alex King
Director, Critical Materials Institute, The Ames Laboratory

Gianni Koskinas
Senior Fellow, International Security Program, New America
CEO of The Hoplite Group


Sharon Burke
Senior Advisor, Resource Security at New America