Tiny Salespeople: Mediated Transactions and the Internet of Things

IEEE Security & Privacy, Vol. 11, No. 5, pp. 70-72 (September-October 2013)

3 Pages Posted: 12 Nov 2013 Last revised: 30 Jun 2014

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Ryan Calo

University of Washington - School of Law; Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society; Yale Law School Information Society Project

Date Written: September 1, 2013

Abstract

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito wanted to dramatize how hard GPS surveillance would be for our nation’s founders to envision. It would take a “very tiny constable,” he noted in concurrence with the majority in United States v. Jones, “with incredible fortitude and patience” to stow away on a stage coach and monitor its owner’s movements. Here, I focus on the more plausible prospect of a very tiny salesperson. Specifically, I ask what it would mean for consumers if their everyday objects tried to sell them products and services — an uncomfortably realistic consequence of the “Internet of Things.”

Keywords: market manipulation, marketing, Internet, consumer psychology, privacy, big data

Suggested Citation

Calo, Ryan, Tiny Salespeople: Mediated Transactions and the Internet of Things (September 1, 2013). IEEE Security & Privacy, Vol. 11, No. 5, pp. 70-72 (September-October 2013), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2353115

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