"The Internet in Everything" by Laura DeNardis

The Internet in Everything Freedom and Security in a World with No Off Switch Laura DeNardis

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
11 Feb 2020
ISBN:
9780300233070
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
280 pages: 235 x 156mm
Illustrations:
4 b-w illus.

A compelling argument that the Internet of things threatens human rights and security and that suggests policy prescriptions to protect our future

The Internet has leapt from human-facing display screens into the material objects all around us. In this so-called Internet of Things—connecting everything from cars to cardiac monitors to home appliances—there is no longer a meaningful distinction between physical and virtual worlds. Everything is connected. The social and economic benefits are tremendous, but there is a downside: an outage in cyberspace can result not only in a loss of communication but also potentially a loss of life. Control of this infrastructure has become a proxy for political power, since countries can easily reach across borders to disrupt real-world systems. Laura DeNardis argues that this diffusion of the Internet into the physical world radically escalates governance concerns around privacy, discrimination, human safety, democracy, and national security, and she offers new cyber-policy solutions. In her discussion, she makes visible the sinews of power already embedded in our technology and explores how hidden technical governance arrangements will become the constitution of our future.

Laura DeNardis is one of the world’s leading Internet governance scholars and a professor in the School of Communication at American University. She is the author of The Global War for Internet Governance and other books.

“What happens when the internet connects things to things rather than people to things? Laura DeNardis, one of the world’s leading internet authorities, has written a monumental guide to this transformation.”—Anupam Chander, author of The Electronic Silk Road