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Pax Technica

In this original and provocative book, Philip N. Howard envisions a new world order emerging from this great transformation in the technologies around us. Howard calls this new era a Pax Technica. He looks to a future of global stability built upon device networks with immense potential for empowering citizens, making government transparent, and broadening information access.

Forget networking your toaster to your refrigerator—in Pax Technica, Howard brilliantly outlines the coming consequences of the Internet of Things, including altered norms of international governance. This is the most important work yet written on the subject, and the first to extend the logic of networked infrastructure to the global political stage.

Clay Sharky, Author of Here Comes Everybody, New York University

Pax Technica is a bold and prophetic book. Even if you disagree with Howard’s conclusions, you will want to engage with his arguments. He sees our world in a genuinely new way.

Anne-Marie Slaughter, New America Foundation

In this brilliant work of responsible optimism, Howard acknowledges the potential downsides of our data‐drenched society, but makes a compelling case for why we may live better, and govern ourselves sensibly, in the era of Pax Technica.

Kenneth Cukier, Co-author of Big Data, Economist Magazine

Table of contents

See the chapter titles and subheadings that organize the ideas in the book.


In the next few years we will be immersed in a world of connected devices. This book is about the political impact of having everyone and everything connected through digital networks.


The “internet of things” is the rapidly growing network of everyday objects that have been equipped with sensors, small power supplies, and internet addresses.


Trump in the Web of Pax Technica: Roger Cohen, New York Times

The Internet of Things Heralds the Dawning of Pax Technica: John Thornhil, Financial Times

Rossini, Patricia. Review of Pax Technica by Philip N. Howard. Journal of Communication 67(3). (2017): E4-5. DOI: 10.1111/jcom.12303. 

Donica, John. Review of Pax Technica by Philip N. Howard. Digital Scholarship in the Humanities (2017): 32(2), pp. 455–457, DOI: 10.1093/llc/fqx019.

Petre, Caitlin.  Review of Pax Technica by Philip N. Howard. Contemporary Sociology 46(1). (2017): 84-85, DOI: 10.1177/0094306116681813ff. 

Lingel, Jessa.  Review of Pax Technica by Philip N. Howard. Communication and the Public. (2016): 1(1), pp. 131-134, DOI: 10.1177/2057047315617766

The Greatest Mass Surveillance Infrastructure Ever?: Julia Powles, The Guardian Website

Review: Pax Technica, by Philip Howard: Felix Marton, Financial Times Website

Review: Pax Technica by Phillip N Howard: Serena Kutchinsky, Prospect Magazine

How Will the Internet of Things Change Our Bodies, Minds, and Culture?: Julia Evanczuk, Medium

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