Surfing the Third Wave of Computing: A Framework for Research into eObjects
Computer Law & Security Review: The International Journal of Technology Law and Practice (2015) Vol 31, Iss 5, October 2015, pp 586-603 DOI: 10.1016/j.clsr.2015.07.001
37 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2015 Last revised: 22 Aug 2017
Date Written: August 28, 2015
During the last two decades, a “third wave of computing” has emerged: a move from a model of accessing the Internet and other internetworks almost exclusively via a desktop computer to alternative forms of distributed information technologies, such as smartphones, wearable computers, and sensors and microprocessors embedded in everyday objects. This paper undertakes a critical review of the literature that offers and discusses definitions of this “third wave”. Not surprisingly in an area of innovation, definitions are evolving, overlapping and inconsistent. This paper analyses and consolidates the literature in order to identify the key aspects of this new phenomenon. We have coined the term “eObjects” for the central element of the “third wave”. The paper presents a framework for research into the technologies and their implications, distinguishing core from common attributes, and identifying categories of inter-device interaction. A subsequent paper will apply the research framework to legal research, with the intention of understanding areas in which litigation can be anticipated, and uncovering areas where the law may not adequately deal with emergent social and business practices.
Keywords: ubiquitous computing, pervasive computing, Internet of things, ambient intelligence, mobile computing, technology regulation, eObjects, smart computing, cybersecurity, cyber security
JEL Classification: K00, L86, O33
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