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Vol 23 No 5 May/June 2018

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Owned: Property, Privacy, and the New Digital Serfdom

ISBN13: 9781316612200
Published: July 2017
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Paperback
Price: £24.99

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In this compelling examination of the intersection of smart technology and the law, Joshua A. T. Fairfield explains the crisis of digital ownership - how and why we no longer control our smartphones or software-enable devices, which are effectively owned by software and content companies.

In two years we will not own our 'smart' televisions which will also be used by advertisers to listen in to our living rooms. In the coming decade, if we do not take back our ownership rights, the same will be said of our self-driving cars and software-enabled homes. We risk becoming digital peasants, owned by software and advertising companies, not to mention overreaching governments.

Owned should be read by anyone wanting to know more about the loss of our property rights, the implications for our privacy rights and how we can regain control of both.

Internet Law, Data Protection, Other Jurisdictions , USA
1. Introduction
2. The death of property
3. Surrounded
4. So what?
5. Private property
6. Property as information
7. The future of property
8. Jailbreaking ownership
9. Owners or owned?