The Internet of Things
The Internet of Things

More objects and devices are connected to digital networks than ever before. Things - from your phone to your car, from the heating to the lights in your house - have gathered the ability to sense their environments and create information about what is happening. Things have become media, able to both generate and communicate information. This has become known as 'the internet of things'.

 

In this accessible introduction, Graham Meikle and Mercedes Bunz observe its promises of convenience and the breaking of new frontiers in communication. They also raise urgent questions regarding ubiquitous surveillance and information security, as well as the transformation of intimate personal information into commercial data.

Discussing the internet of things from a media and communication perspective, this book is an important resource for courses analysing the internet and society, and essential reading for anyone who wants to better understand the rapidly changing roles of our networked lives.

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  • November 2017
  • 154 pages
  • 148 x 210 mm / 6 x 8 in
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Chapter 1: First things

Chapter 2: Addressing things

Chapter 3: Speaking things

Chapter 4: Seeing things

Chapter 5: Tracking things

Chapter 6: Last things

References

Index

About the Author

Mercedes Bunz is Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster.

Graham Meikle is Professor of Communication and Digital Media at the University of Westminster.

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Reviews

‘In this remarkably profound and accessible book, Bunz and Meikle analyze the Internet of Things as a matter of communication for both machines and humans. It is a must read for anyone interested in understanding how the world around us is changing.’

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Brown University

'Sick of people banging on about the Internet of things? Read Bunz and Meikle’s wonderful and timely book to understand this powerful and complex next wave of digital technology development, and in what ways the profound changes in the Internet really do matter for contemporary life. A delight to read, this exceptionally lucid, deeply researched, insightful account, and witty account deserves to be widely read by anyone interested in media, communication, and technology futures.'

Gerard Goggin, University of Sydney

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