Actor-Network Theory Applied to Internet of Things (IoT) Devices: A Possible Data Privacy and Security Threat

Sawhney, Aryan, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Neeley, Kathryn, Engineering and Society, University of Virginia

This research paper explores the impact of Internet of Things (IoT) devices on data privacy and security, using Actor-Network Theory (ANT). It highlights the widespread adoption of IoT in various sectors and the associated risks due to weak security measures. The paper examines how IoT devices, as part of a larger network that includes both human and non-human actors, can compromise user data and privacy. It discusses the challenges and potential threats, including identity theft and unauthorized surveillance, posed by poorly secured IoT devices. The study also considers the broader societal and business implications of these security vulnerabilities. Using ANT, the paper provides a comprehensive analysis of the relationships and dynamics within IoT networks, emphasizing the need for improved security and privacy measures in IoT device design and implementation.

BS (Bachelor of Science)
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