Will the “Internet of Things” Set Us Free or Lock Us Up?

DISCIPLINE : SOCIOLOGY

Will the “Internet of Things” Set Us Free or Lock Us Up?

Philip N. Howard is a professor and writer. He holds faculty appointments at Central European University in Budapest, the University of Washington in Seattle, and is a fellow at Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism.

Currently, he works as the Director of the Center for Media, Data and Society and the founding Professor at the new School of Public Policy at Central European University. He investigates the impact of digital media on political life around the world, and he is a frequent commentator on global media and political affairs. His projects on bots, digital activism, global information access, and political Islam have been supported by the National Science FoundationUS Institutes of Peace, and Intel's People and Practices Group.

He has published seven books and over 100 commentary essays, conference papers, book chapters, and academic articles. His research spans several disciplines, and he is among a small number of scholars who have won awards from all three major academic associations for his work in political science, sociology, and communication. He is the author, most recently, of Pax Technica: How the Internet of Things May Set Us Free or Lock Us Up.

He is the recipient of an ERC Consolidator award for his study of algorithms and public life. His BA is in political science from Innis College at the University of Toronto, his MSc is in economics from the London School of Economics, and his PhD is in sociology from Northwestern University.

His website is philhoward.org, and he tweets from @pnhoward.

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