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

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

by Laura DeNardis


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A compelling argument that the Internet of things threatens human rights and security

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 loss of communication but also potentially in 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 the 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300233070
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 01/07/2020
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 571,680
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations ix

Part 1 From Communication to Control

1 After the Internet 3

2 The Cyber-Physical Disruption 25

Part 2 The Global Politics of Cyber-Physical Systems

3 Privacy Gets Physical 59

4 Cyber-Physical Security 93

5 Interoperability Politics 132

Part 3 Rethinking Internet Freedom and Governance

6 The Internet Freedom Oxymoron 163

7 Disruptions to Global Internet Governance 188

8 The Cyber-Physical Policy Moment 212

Notes 231

Acknowledgments 255

Index 259

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