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January-February 2018 , Page 30 

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Some Things About the Internet of Things

By Sam Guiberson

Just as the public begins to understand that the compromise of privacy is the currency of today’s web commerce, along comes another category of consumer devices that extends the consumer surveillance business model from our keyboards into our living rooms. Smart appliances and home assistants are now numerous among us, described in advertising as subservient and amiable little partners to help families cope with the needs of everyday life. This new category of domestic surveillance devices is known as “the Internet of Things.” This second front in the commercialization of consumer information as a marketable commodity presents a fresh challenge to digital privacy and the Fourth Amendment.

The Internet of Things has just two critical components — the Internet and the Things. The “Thing” is a device with a thousand faces, ready to do the customer’s bidding while also doing the bidding of its manufacturer. The “Internet” is the digital link by which the “Thing” communicate

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