C112 - The Internet of Things Problem

Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) brings us innovative devices that enhance the security of our homes and offices but come at the expense of additional privacy concerns. Most surveillance cameras and smart doorbells, for example, require that they send their data to the manufacturer's server, then you fetch it from there. Why do we need the manufacturer involved in the handling of our data? That's the focus of these materials.

The answer involves the historic technical details of the Internet and how it has evolved. The original architects of the Internet may have imagined that every computer and device on the Internet could communicate with every other but that's not what happened. This deviation is both good and bad — both are explained.

A solution for having both security and privacy is explained.

These materials cover the history and technologies that relate to the privacy and security problems made worse by the Internet of Things (IoT).

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