The Internet of Things (IoT) in a Post-Pandemic World

Journal of Law & Cyberwarfare (Forthcoming)

80 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2022 Last revised: 19 Dec 2023

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Mohammed T. Hussein

Prairie View A&M University - College of Business

Lawrence J. Trautman

Prairie View A&M University - College of Business; Texas A&M University School of Law (By Courtesy)

Date Written: July 16, 2022

Abstract

Internet of Things (IoT) devices allow people to live smarter, safer and more productive lives, enabled in many cases by ‘smart systems’ in such key areas as health care, education, community ‘smart city’ living ― and provide advances in productivity to help reduce global food insecurity and adverse developments brought about by climate change. The daily life of billions of individuals worldwide has been forever changed by IoT technology in just the last few years.

By 2024 the world remains mired in year four of dealing with a highly infectious pandemic; Russia is engaged in an invasion of Ukraine; war has erupted in the Middle-East; food insecurity is rapidly increasing; the World Bank and others warn of likely future economic distress; and adverse destructive weather events continue as the result of disruptive climate dynamics. Against this backdrop, Internet usage and penetration continues to grow, as does the number of devices connected to the Internet.

We proceed in thirteen sections. First, we set the stage for this discussion by focusing on humanity in crisis as Covid-19 continues to morph into additional variants. Second, we define the Internet of Things (IoT), comment on the explosive growth in sensory devices connected to the Internet, provide examples of IoT devices, and speak to the promise of the IoT. Third, we discuss the IoT post-COVID-19. Fourth, we examine existing and potential IoT security threats. Fifth, is a discussion about the important role IoT plays in agriculture and assisting with the problem of global food insecurity. Sixth, we look at how IoT applications assisted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Seventh, climate change and environmental monitoring is discussed. Eighth, we look at IoT healthcare applications. Regulation is our Ninth topic. Tenth, the role of IoT and smart cities is explored. Eleventh, is the significant role played by IoT applications and devices in the supply chain. Twelfth, we examine the topic of IoT and water. Worker safety is discussed next. And last, we conclude. We believe this Article contributes to understanding: our connected Internet; the widespread exposure to malware associated with IoT; and adds to the nascent but emerging literature on governance of enterprise and climate risk; all subjects of vital global societal importance.

Keywords: agriculture; blockchain; climate change; corporate governance; crisis management; cross-device Tracking; COVID-19; cybersecurity standard of care; data breach; distributed control systems (DCS); food insecurity; FTC; healthcare; industrial control systems (ICS); Internet of Things (IoT)

JEL Classification: K10, K13, K14, K22, K33, O31, O32, O33, O34, K00, M38, L86, L88, L5

Suggested Citation

Hussein, Mohammed T. and Trautman, Lawrence J., The Internet of Things (IoT) in a Post-Pandemic World (July 16, 2022). Journal of Law & Cyberwarfare (Forthcoming), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4149477 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4149477

Mohammed T. Hussein

Prairie View A&M University - College of Business ( email )

Prairie View, TX
United States

Lawrence J. Trautman (Contact Author)

Prairie View A&M University - College of Business ( email )

Prairie View, TX
United States

Texas A&M University School of Law (By Courtesy) ( email )

1515 Commerce St.
Fort Worth, TX Tarrant County 76102
United States

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