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The Internet of Things

What Everyone Needs to Know®

Scott J. Shackelford

Publication Date - June 2020

ISBN: 9780190943806

256 pages
5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

In Stock


The Internet of Things (IoT) is the notion that nearly everything we use, from gym shorts to streetlights, will soon be connected to the Internet; the Internet of Everything (IoE) encompasses not just objects, but the social connections, data, and processes that the IoT makes possible. Industry and financial analysts have predicted that the number of Internet-enabled devices will increase from 11 billion to upwards of 75 billion by 2020. Regardless of the number, the end result looks to be a mind-boggling explosion in Internet connected stuff. Yet, there has been relatively little attention paid to how we should go about regulating smart devices, and still less about how cybersecurity should be enhanced. Similarly, now that everything from refrigerators to stock exchanges can be connected to a ubiquitous Internet, how can we better safeguard privacy across networks and borders? Will security scale along with this increasingly crowded field? Or, will a combination of perverse incentives, increasing complexity, and new problems derail progress and exacerbate cyber insecurity? For all the press that such questions have received, the Internet of Everything remains a topic little understood or appreciated by the public.

This volume demystifies our increasingly "smart" world, and unpacks many of the outstanding security, privacy, ethical, and policy challenges and opportunities represented by the IoE. Scott J. Shackelford provides real-world examples and straightforward discussion about how the IoE is impacting our lives, companies, and nations, and explain how it is increasingly shaping the international community in the twenty-first century. Are there any downsides of your phone being able to unlock your front door, start your car, and control your thermostat? Is your smart speaker always listening? How are other countries dealing with these issues? This book answers these questions, and more, along with offering practical guidance for how you can join the effort to help build an Internet of Everything that is as secure, private, efficient, and fun as possible.


  • An accessible introduction to the Internet of Everything, and what it means for business, society, and our human rights
  • Explores how we can better govern the Internet of Everything, with clear and concise examples and solutions
  • Explains security issues with the Internet of Everything and offers practical suggestions for a bottom-up approach that fosters security and privacy

About the Author(s)

Scott J. Shackelford is Associate Professor of Business Law and Ethics,Cybersecurity Program Chair, and Director of the Ostrom Workshop Program on Cybersecurity and Internet Governance at Indiana University Bloomington. He is also an Affiliated Scholar at both the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Stanford's Center for Internet and Society, as well as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, and a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author of Managing Cyber Attacks in International Law, Business, and Relations: In Search of Cyber Peace.


"The Internet of Things will be a driving economic, political, and cultural, force throughout this century. Shackelford does an excellent job of introducing readers to the many facets and implications of this technology, from how they communicate to how they challenge the global digital ecosystem. Essential reading for anyone who needs to understand our hyperconnected future." -- Bruce Schneier, Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and author of Click Here to Kill Everybody

"Scott Shackelford's latest book provides an essential contribution to the vital discussion about the impact of technology on society. With reader-friendly prose, he carefully walks readers through the many cybersecurity and privacy issues that arise as we become more dependent on the Internet of Things. Rather than merely outlining the problems that we face, Shackelford presents pragmatic and well-reasoned legal and policy solutions. The Internet of Things is a must-read for policymakers, the business community, and anyone who is concerned about the future of cybersecurity." -- Jeff Kosseff, author, The Twenty-Six Words That Created the Internet and Cybersecurity Law

"Shackelford draws on his voluminous previous writings to inform this readable summary about the Internet of Things. Shackelford has a knack for the interesting, such as his writing about 'Have you updated your toaster?' He brings his encyclopedic knowledge about the topic to address the security, privacy, and ethical challenges and opportunities of the Internet of Things. Any reader with an open mind has much to learn about our future coping with the Internet of Everything." –- Peter Swire, Georgia Institute of Technology

Table of Contents

    Chapter One: Cyber-What?
    Chapter Two: Welcome to the Internet of Everything
    Chapter Three: Securing Everything: Deep Dives in Internet of Things Security
    Chapter Four: Governing the Internet of Everything
    Chapter Five: Analogizing Internet of Everything Security
    Chapter Six: How Can We Do Better?
    Finding Cyber Peace in the Internet of Everything