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[liberationtech] "Pax Technica": politics & privacy of IoT

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Fri May 8 06:16:09 PDT 2015

From: Philip N. Howard <pnhoward at>

My new book is out and it's called "Pax Technica:  How the Internet of
Things May Set Us Free or Lock Us Up".  I wrote with an academic press, but
it is crafted for a wide audience because I'm hoping to reach a lot of
people with some ideas for how to make the internet of things a civic
engagement infrastructure we might actually want to live with.

Excerpts and interactive content up at:

I argue that as more wireless sensors get embedded in everyday objects--and
our bodies--we are actually building the most powerful political tool we
have ever created.  My book explains how the internet of things is being
designed for censorship and surveillance.  But I also illustrate how it is
being used to promote democracy and strengthen civic engagement around the

Your help in bringing the book to the attention of others through
word-of-mouth, Facebook, Twitter (I'm or other
means would be DEEPLY appreciated.  I'm really hoping the book will spark
discussion on urgent questions about the next internet.

There are some policy ideas that you might love, or love to hate. Both are
good reasons to pick up the book!  It is shipping now and of course the
electronic versions will be quickly sent to devices. If this is topically
interesting for you, and I'd certainly welcome your feedback.


Dr. Philip N. Howard
Professor, University of Washington
Professor, Central European University
     GPG Key: 9CAAEABC

**New Book**
Pax Technica: How the Internet of Things May Set Us Free or Lock Us Up.
Yale University Press, 2015,
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