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Oxford University sociology professor Philip N. Howard offers a fascinating look at the Internet of Things (IoT). He carefully considers the political implications of the IoT, including how the way it is connecting the world will change political reality. His analysis is intelligent, informed, intriguing and flat-out terrifying. For example, consider his description of how China is building its own Internet or the way various groups are using bots to disrupt politics, society and the economy. In sum, he analyzes why organizations and governments must reach a “Pax Technica,” or technological peace. getAbstract recommends Howard’s comprehensive, futurist report to politicians, investors, students and anyone interested in technological change, social order or a unique historical perspective on contemporary times.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why organizations and governments must reach a “Pax Technica,” or technological peace;
  • How the emergence of the Internet of Things – networked devices – changes politics; and
  • How people use networked devices for good and bad.

About the Author

Oxford University sociology professor Philip N. Howard, PhD, has written eight books, including The Digital Origins of Democracy and Dictatorship and Democracy’s Fourth Wave: Digital Media and the Arab Spring. He contributes to Slate, The Atlantic and other media outlets.



The Internet of Things
Within a few years, a “world of connected devices” will surround you and just about everyone else. This Internet of Things (IoT) will go beyond computers and phones – which function in the wired world as intended – to include all manner of personal, household and...

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