Internet has been facilitating the life of humanbeings for more than 30 years by now. Since the beginnig of ARPANET ( Advanced Research Projects Agency Network ) project that is originally funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, internet has been developing so fast and even become one of the most important part of human’s life. The purpose of the internet itself has always been to share and distribute information via networked computers. Until today, the use of internet is concerned on human only. The exchange of data and information is handled by human. But what if, the exchange of data and information could be done by things?
These days, people start to talk about Internet of Things. What is it all about? The idea of Internet of Things (IoT) is to actually connect thing over thing. The internet that’s around today is just concerned and centered to people. It connects people in all over the world and efficients the communication between people on the other side of the earth. And now, people begin to think about how to connect things on the other side of the world using the same way of how internet could connect people. And that’s basically why Internet of Things was first invented.
According to Wikipedia, the definition of Internet of Things (IoT) is is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that are provided with unique identifiers (UIDs) and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. It means that, just by using a network that connects over computers withing things, human can control all of the connected things using one remote. You have to underline that the remote that controls all of the connected units could be anywhere. It doesn’t have to be near with the things that you want to control because it’s all based on a network.
Can you see the danger that follows within this new technology?
There are a number of serious concerns about dangers in the growth of IoT, especially in the areas of privacy and security. One of the key drivers of the IoT is data. The success of the idea of connecting devices to make them more efficient is dependent upon access to and storage & processing of data. For this purpose, companies working on the IoT collect data from multiple sources and store it in their cloud network for further processing. This leaves the door wide open for privacy and security dangers and single point vulnerability of multiple systems.[
Philip N. Howard, a professor and author, writes that the Internet of Things offers immense potential for empowering citizens, making government transparent, and broadening information access. Howard cautions, however, that privacy threats are enormous, as is the potential for social control and political manipulation.
Writer Adam Greenfield claims that IoT technologies are not only an invasion of public space but are also being used to perpetuate normative behavior, citing an instance of billboards with hidden cameras that tracked the demographics of passersby who stopped to read the advertisement.
“if one thing can prevent the Internet of things from transforming the way we live and work, it will be a breakdown in security”