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The Sustainable Network

Book Description

"Companies with a stake in the technology industry or that have staked on the Internet (ala Google or Amazon or any of the thousands of small ecommerce companies around the world) are likely to pluck multiple nuggets of wisdom from her book."

-- Heather Clancy, business journalist

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

Table of Contents

  1. Dedication
  2. Preface
    1. Acknowledgments
    2. Comments and Questions
    3. Safari® Books Online
  3. 1. I Am a Node
  4. 2. What Is the Network: How Does It Work?
    1. Linking Things Together
    2. Protocols
    3. Just a Few More Terms: Hosts, Routers, Switches, LANs, and WANs
  5. 3. Green by Accident
  6. 4. What Makes the Network Sustainable?
  7. 5. Broadband: What Is It?
  8. 6. Can the Internet Hit a Wall?
  9. 7. The Mobile Me
  10. 8. Take It with You
  11. 9. The Network’s Green Factor
  12. 10. Carbon Footprints
    1. Watch Your Weight
      1. Don’t Forget to Take It to the Office
    2. A Product’s Carbon Footprint
    3. The Business of Reducing Carbon
  13. 11. Net Efficiencies: Maximizing Resources While Minimizing Waste
  14. 12. What’s So Smart About an Energy Grid?
    1. What You Can Do
  15. 13. Dematerialization
    1. What You Can Do
  16. 14. Detravelization
  17. 15. What Is the Network: How Is Telecommuting Enabled?
    1. IPSec
    2. MPLS
    3. SSL
  18. 16. Pushing the Boundaries
    1. Let’s Get Specific
    2. What You Can Do
  19. 17. Data Center
    1. What About the Actual Equipment?
    2. Basic Consumption Reduction
      1. General Tips for Facilities
      2. Tips for Data Centers
  20. 18. Energy Efficiency Measurement
  21. 19. Doing Good by Doing Right
  22. 20. Is Broadband Really That Important?
  23. 21. Sustainable Providers
  24. 22. Net Neutrality
  25. 23. Tearing Down Economic Boundaries
  26. 24. Information Is King
  27. 25. Evolution
  28. 26. Network Time
  29. 27. Political Sustainability
  30. 28. Rocking the Vote
  31. 29. The Right to Network Usage
  32. 30. Challenges of the Networked World
  33. 31. Network Defenses Depend on How Traffic Is Sent
  34. 32. I Am on the Net, Therefore I Am Vulnerable
    1. The Machines
    2. The People
    3. And Sometimes It’s Just Good Hacking
  35. 33. Antisocial Network Engineering
  36. 34. Protect the Net
  37. 35. The Last Best Place to Attack: Your Mobile
  38. 36. Government’s Role in Protecting the Network’s Integrity
    1. How the Network Can Help Efforts
  39. 37. 21st-Century Warfare: Cyberattacks
  40. 38. Social Sustainability
  41. 39. The Health Net
    1. What You Can Do
  42. 40. Not by Accident: Social Networking
  43. 41. Our Relationship with the Network
  44. A Quick Cheat Sheet of Common Terms
  45. Notes
    1. Chapter 3
    2. Chapter 4
    3. Chapter 5
    4. Chapter 6
    5. Chapter 7
    6. Chapter 8
    7. Chapter 9
    8. Chapter 10
    9. Chapter 11
    10. Chapter 12
    11. Chapter 13
    12. Chapter 14
    13. Chapter 16
    14. Chapter 17
    15. Chapter 18
    16. Chapter 19
    17. Chapter 20
    18. Chapter 21
    19. Chapter 22
    20. Chapter 23
    21. Chapter 24
    22. Chapter 25
    23. Chapter 26
    24. Chapter 27
    25. Chapter 28
    26. Chapter 29
    27. Chapter 30
    28. Chapter 32
    29. Chapter 33
    30. Chapter 35
    31. Chapter 36
    32. Chapter 37
    33. Chapter 38
    34. Chapter 39
    35. Chapter 40
    36. Glossary
  46. Index
  47. About the Author
  48. Colophon
  49. Copyright