Digital Studies 101

A common resource for Digital Studies at UMW.

Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the increasing number of devices that can connect to the Internet and communicate with each other. While the Internet began as a series of computers connecting to other computers, it expanded to connect smartphones and has continued to connect increasing numbers of devices beyond dedicated computing machinery.The IoT encompasses such connected devices as smart refrigerators, thermostats, lights, interactive speakers, and security systems in our homes, as well as manufacturing robots, automated inventory trackers, and remote sensors, to personal wearables and vehicles.

These devices offer new capabilities and raise new and on-going questions about privacy and security: Who has access to the data these devices generate?  Who should have access? How can these devices offer security benefits to users without risking attacks by unauthorized users?

 

Readings

What is the Internet of Things?

Defining the internet of things – time to focus on the data

8 Ways the Internet of Things Will Change the Way We Live and Work

Five nightmarish attacks that show the risks of IoT security

IoT attacks are getting worse — and no one’s listening

The Strava Heat Map and the End of Secrets

 

Suggested Tasks

  • Take an inventory–or create a map–of all the items that can connect to the Internet in your day
  • Consider what the Internet of Things is now. Describe how it affects daily living, security, and work, among other areas. Consider what the IoT will be like in the future. How might it affect daily living, security, and work, among other areas?

Slack Channel: IoT

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