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Book description

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