The Sustainable Network

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  • Copyright: 2009-10-28
  • Publisher: Oreilly & Associates Inc

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What technologies do we need to solve the complex environmental, economic, social, and political challenges facing us today? As this thought-provoking book reveals, one tool for enacting change is already at our fingertips: the global network. Consider the private domains of companies, governments, and institutions along with the public Internet: we have an immense communications network that connects billions of people in ways we never thought possible. In this book, author Sarah Sorensen clearly demonstrates why this network is the best sustainable technology available to help us tackle a wide range of problems. If each of us represents a node on this network, then it's time we realize the potential we hold. The Sustainable Network is a call to action, urging individuals, governments, markets, and organizations to put the power of this network to good use. Discover how the sustainable network connects us all, with examples of how it's already effecting change Understand how this network magnifies the impact of even the smallest change and newest idea Explore the role that various market and political forces play Learn how the network can be improved to better address environmental, economic, and social conditions Get practical advice that you or your business can follow now

Author Biography

Sarah Sorensen is currently the Sr. Manager of Corporate Communications at Juniper Networks. She has spearheaded Juniper's Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives and worked on the company's corporate sustainable program, while managing Juniper's business announcements, crisis communications, public sector outreach and overall corporate message consistency across all business units.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
I Am a Nodep. 1
What Is the Network: How Does It Work?p. 5
Linking Things Togetherp. 6
Protocolsp. 8
Just a Few More Terms: Hosts, Routers, Switches, LANs, and WANsp. 9
Green by Accidentp. 13
What Makes the Network Sustainable?p. 19
Broadband: What Is It?p. 27
Can the Internet Hit a Wall?p. 35
The Mobile Mep. 45
Take It with Youp. 51
The Network's Green Factorp. 57
Carbon Footprintsp. 61
Watch Your Weightp. 62
A Product's Carbon Footprintp. 68
The Business of Reducing Carbonp. 69
Net Efficiencies: Maximizing Resources While Minimizing Wastep. 71
What's So Smart About an Energy Grid?p. 79
What You Can Dop. 90
Dematerializationp. 91
What You Can Dop. 95
Detravelizationp. 97
What Are Some of These Detravelization Tools?p. 102
What You Can Dop. 105
What's Being Done-A Glimpse at the Futurep. 105
What Is the Network: How Is Telecommuting Enabled?p. 107
IPSecp. 109
MPLSp. 110
SSLp. 111
Pushing the Boundariesp. 113
Let's Get Specificp. 116
What You Can Dop. 125
Data Centerp. 127
What About the Actual Equipment?p. 131
Basic Consumption Reductionp. 134
Energy Efficiency Measurementp. 137
Doing Good by Doing Rightp. 143
Is Broadband Really That Important?p. 149
Sustainable Providersp. 155
Net Neutralityp. 163
Tearing Down Economic Boundariesp. 169
Information Is Kingp. 177
Evolutionp. 183
Network Timep. 191
Political Sustainabilityp. 197
Rocking the Votep. 205
The Right to Network Usagep. 215
Challenges of the Networked Worldp. 221
Network Defenses Depend on How Traffic Is Sentp. 229
I Am on the Net, Therefore I Am Vulnerablep. 237
The Machinesp. 239
The Peoplep. 240
And Sometimes It's Just Good Hackingp. 241
Antisocial Network Engineeringp. 245
Protect the Netp. 251
The Last Best Place to Attack: Your Mobilep. 261
Government's Role in Protecting the Network's Integrityp. 269
How the Network Can Help Effortsp. 274
21st-century Warfare: Cyberattacksp. 277
Social Sustainabilityp. 281
The Health Netp. 287
What You Can Dop. 292
Not by Accident: Social Networkingp. 293
Our Relationship with the Networkp. 299
Glossary: A Quick Cheat Sheet of Common Termsp. 303
Notesp. 313
Indexp. 337
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