Internet Daemons: Digital Communications Possessed (Fenwick McKelvey)

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Internet Daemons: Digital Communications Possessed (Fenwick McKelvey)

In order to provide a thorough overview of where daemons originate from and how they affect our lives, including their role in contentious issues like network neutrality, this book mixes together history, theory, and legislation.

It raises crucial queries regarding the degree of power being ceded to these autonomous, automated algorithms and the ramifications for openness and supervision.

What about daemons? We frequently discuss how tech behemoths like Google, Facebook, and Amazon control the internet. Daemons are pervasive programs that have taken over the Net's infrastructure and the devices we use to access it. To give a complete account of where daemons come from and how they affect our lives—including their role in contentious issues like network neutrality—Fenwick McKelvey brings together history, theory, and policy.

McKelvey traces the development of daemons from theory to reality, starting with the well-known thought experiment Maxwell's Demon, and ending with the pandaemonium of code-based animals that today control our internet.

McKelvey explores real-world instances such as slow connection speeds, Comcast's attempts to regulate peer-to-peer networking, and Pirate Bay's efforts to evade daemon control (and circumvent copyright) to demonstrate how daemons have been a key component of the internet and have had a significant impact on common users.

Ebook Details

About the Authors
Fenwick McKelvey is an assistant professor of communication studies at Concordia University.
Published Date / Year
1 edition (October 30, 2018)
336 pages
eBook Format

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