New Book Coming in September: "Click Here to Kill Everybody"

My next book is still on track for a September 2018 publication. Norton is still the publisher. The title is now Click Here to Kill Everybody: Peril and Promise on a Hyperconnected Planet, which I generally refer to as CH2KE.

The table of contents has changed since I last blogged about this, and it now looks like this:

  • Introduction: Everything is Becoming a Computer
  • Part 1: The Trends
    • 1. Computers are Still Hard to Secure
    • 2. Everyone Favors Insecurity
    • 3. Autonomy and Physical Agency Bring New Dangers
    • 4. Patching is Failing as a Security Paradigm
    • 5. Authentication and Identification are Getting Harder
    • 6. Risks are Becoming Catastrophic
  • Part 2: The Solutions
    • 7. What a Secure Internet+ Looks Like
    • 8. How We Can Secure the Internet+
    • 9. Government is Who Enables Security
    • 10. How Government Can Prioritize Defense Over Offense
    • 11. What's Likely to Happen, and What We Can Do in Response
    • 12. Where Policy Can Go Wrong
    • 13. How to Engender Trust on the Internet+
  • Conclusion: Technology and Policy, Together

Two questions for everyone.

1. I'm not really happy with the subtitle. It needs to be descriptive, to counterbalance the admittedly clickbait title. It also needs to telegraph: "everyone needs to read this book." I'm taking suggestions.

2. In the book I need a word for the Internet plus the things connected to it plus all the data and processing in the cloud. I'm using the word "Internet+," and I'm not really happy with it. I don't want to invent a new word, but I need to strongly signal that what's coming is much more than just the Internet -- and I can't find any existing word. Again, I'm taking suggestions.

Posted on January 5, 2018 at 12:45 PM • 257 Comments


TheNarcJanuary 5, 2018 1:01 PM

Humble suggestion for #2 (albeit blatantly ignoring the desire not to invent a new word): The Omninet

MikeJanuary 5, 2018 1:04 PM

Click Here to Kill Everybody: A Hyperconnected Planet Where Every Computer is a Weapon

How about Hypernet or Hyperinternet?

markJanuary 5, 2018 1:05 PM

The "secure web" makes me nervous.

Classic example: you want to know who I am. I want to post to this newsgroup (or website, these days), for a) survivors of child abuse, b) dealing with sex abuse at work; c) this politician just asked me for a bribe, and I'm sure, with a minute or two's thought, all of you can add many, many more.

RachelJanuary 5, 2018 1:06 PM

Mr Schneier

Firstly, thankyou for what looks to be a promising read. And, congratulations.

I am guessing you wish to ( and need to ) market to people not familiar with your status in the community. Thus, your name alone is not a sufficient selling point. Thus, it would seem the somewhat unfortunate title is still necessary to catch the required attention. As you know publishing is tough.
The sub title can- should- be changed. It should be something literal. Currently you have two very figurative titles. Keep the first clickbait one. The subtitle should get right to the point ' The Internet owns everything and its dangerous' ' the internet is lethal and it runs the planet'. Or even shorter. Five words, punchy and memorable.

DougJanuary 5, 2018 1:07 PM

Bruce, honestly, CH2KE as a headline is so strong and evocative I am not sure any subtitle can walk it back and broaden the appeal. This is not the feedback you asked for, but if you (or your publisher) are open to it, I might consider it.

ScottJanuary 5, 2018 1:10 PM

1. I like your thoughts on what the subtitle needs to be and feel it may be more powerful if it sounds more personal. (But I'm drawing a blank for specific suggestions.)

2. "Internet🔒" because everything has emoticons now

hmmJanuary 5, 2018 1:12 PM

Well it's an organism, it's a web, it's a network.. the world wide mushroom?

The great groupthink, the data diaspora, ubiquitelecommunications, extruded omniscience?

I got nothing. Coining new terms clever enough to be adopted is tricky.

RachelJanuary 5, 2018 1:13 PM

I am reminded of the joke whereby a Fishmonger is hanging up a sign stating ' Fresh Fish Sold Here Today'
and a passerby gives a lesson on removing the useless words - '' you dont need the word today. When else would you sell them'. The words are omitted until eventually there is a blank banner, because even the word fish was unnecessary owing to the smell.

Work on subtraction. Titles get clumsy quickly. Less is more. You want something everyone has lodged in their brain and media folk can easily pronounce and refer to

Scot B.January 5, 2018 1:13 PM

1. I think "What a Secure Internet Looks Like" (chapter 7) is the real grabber and so I think you should work that into the subtitle. Maybe something like CH2KE: How we can secure the Internet from catastrophe. (I only added 'from catastrophe' to remedy the dissonance with the main title).

2. For a general purpose audience I'm not sure you have to take this step. Internet = Web+Cloud+Devices to me anyway.

MatthewJanuary 5, 2018 1:13 PM

CH2KE: How Modern Computing Threatens us All.

Although I agree with Doug: a clickbait title really is inappropriate for an author of your stature.

How about 'connected ecosystem' instead of Internet+?

Dan HJanuary 5, 2018 1:17 PM

For #2.

In astronomy they use the term Interstellar Medium for all of the gas and dust the fills the space between stars, so you could use "Internet Medium."

Also, going with the astronomy theme, a Nebula (or Nebulae), which is an interstellar cloud of dust and gases. The Andromeda Galaxy was once referred to as a nebula. They vary in sizes and can be light years wide. They are also barely visible from Earth.

gadflyJanuary 5, 2018 1:18 PM

Regarding question 2: "ecology" might be the best fit for your description, though as a single word it doesn't refer specifically to the internet. It'd be a new (portmanteau) word, but how about "netecology"?

wickyJanuary 5, 2018 1:20 PM

Love the title. As for the sub-title, I offer no better alternative, however 'hyperconnected' is a great term so you should consider retaining this in some shape or form.

Internet+ ... well Internet 2.0 is a probably obvious alternative given the wide adoption of the '2 point O' meme. However 'Internet' may well get confused with 'Web' in popular imagination and hence be equivalent to 'Web 2.0' so possibly problematic as it may feel like 2005 instead of 2018.

Having read many of your other books, and pursuing your table of contents, I'm looking forward to this one, I wish you all the best in your endeavours.

BradJanuary 5, 2018 1:21 PM

1. "Why You Should Care About Our Hyperconnected Insecure Technology and What We Can Do About It" It's a bit wordy, and you could probably drop the what we can do part.

2. Honestly I think the Internet is fine. Everyone knows what the Internet is, those who understand the distinction between the Internet, the "Cloud", the Internet of Things, payment networks, "airgapped" networks, SCADA, other industrial networks, and all that will understand what you mean when you just say Internet. Those who don't know any better won't notice. Either that or nix Internet+ and just say Technology. All technology.

IainJanuary 5, 2018 1:25 PM

Suggest "everyone" rather than "everybody". Great title.

"Click Here to Kill Everyone: How Individual Power Threatens Our Increasingly Safe World"

Would not suggest coining a new word or using a symbol in the word. Not sure myself if you need something different than "internet".

Mr. VerhartJanuary 5, 2018 1:27 PM

#1: CH2KE: How We Lost Control of Our Monster, How We Can Still Stop It, But Won't As We Love Money Most of All. /s

#2: Metanet

Dan HJanuary 5, 2018 1:28 PM

A take on "Dr Strangelove"

For a subtitle:

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Internet

SteveJanuary 5, 2018 1:31 PM

Regarding #2 I see your dilemma. The "Internet" is the network. The + makes it sound like a new, improved internet that gives you faster downloads and a whiter smile :-)

If I understand you, the need is for the "Internet as a system" point of view. Securing the individual pieces only helps until the weakest link is identified. Treating it as a "whole", including cloud and endpoints, has not yet been named or labeled to the best of my knowledge. Suggesting "Internet System" seems to trivialize it.

The only analogy that quickly comes to mind is we have mountains (individual) and mountain ranges (all in one area and more than one). I can't suggest Internet Range, but hopefully this will trigger an idea in someone else to get you there.

RachelJanuary 5, 2018 1:34 PM

Inventing a new word could have a number of benefits, and not just for yourself and book. Maybe the world needs that word. Maybe this is your mission? That word can be the title of book too. The subtitle, if you need one , could be a combination of the existing.

the new word should be fresh and creating new neural pathways. not 1990's memes like internet and www. we're nightmares beyond all that
(at risk of appearing flippant: JG4 mentioned the original Total Recall film. I'm thinking the original Robocop film may bring inspiration)

JamieJanuary 5, 2018 1:42 PM

For what it's worth, my contributions:

CH2KE: Surviving and Securing the Weaponized Internet

Internet+ => InternetΔ (Pronounced "Internet Delta"). It's now new, it's just changed (for the better).

David LeppikJanuary 5, 2018 1:46 PM

I don't think "read this book" is a good call to action. If I weren't a security wonk, how will this book change me, other than make me more scared than I already am?

More to the point, as a potential reader, what can I do to fix the Internet (especially my own part), and how will this book get me there? That's what should be hinted at in the subtitle.

It may be extra tricky since your suggested solution is the government, which implies readers need to have some trust that their government is both responsive to them and capable of good governance.

Not having read the book, I don't know if you mean every government has to be involved, or if a market-controlling share of the world governments needs to be involved, or if a coalition of influential companies and users could force enough governments' hands in this.

Personally, I'm really curious about what your answer is, considering the autocratic governments that aren't likely to be swayed by your book within the next few decades.

David LeppikJanuary 5, 2018 1:48 PM

Oh, and I prefer "secure internet" to Internet+. "Internet🔒" or "🔒net" is cute, but I wouldn't know how to pronounce it.

ThirstyMelonSeedJanuary 5, 2018 1:49 PM

Re:#1 I actually really love this book title. Maybe to address the audience as everybody and to foreshadow the solution: "Click Here to Kill Everybody: A Human’s Guide to the Perils and Promises of a Hyperconnected Planet"

Feed Me I'm YoursJanuary 5, 2018 1:50 PM

You leave out the devastating effects of web/social data-mining upon humans

comp101: Developing Addictions to Control Mankind

Big-Data Monetization Destroying the Foundations of Human Existence

Basket Case Humor
Feed Me I’m Yours: Mental infants require stream of Big-Data fake milk

Trackers: We Care About Your Privacy
Click Me: We Take Your Privacy Seriously

The Monster We Spooks Created

Trust Us: Everything Can and Will Be Leaked

Buy Intel Stock

Discuss title/contents with the Steve Bannon book writer

CMac January 5, 2018 1:57 PM

Hi Bruce, can't wait for the new book to be released. Below my suggestions

1. Click Here to Kill Everybody: Ducking and Dodging in a Hyperconnected World

2. Internet + Things

AndrewJanuary 5, 2018 2:02 PM

I don't think it would work anymore, but William Gibson's original vision of Cyberspace had it all: network, data, connected hardware.

SCLCML61E05January 5, 2018 2:14 PM

“Everynet”, resonating with “everybody/everyone”
And “here” seems to me too limited/confined in this context; what about “click anywhere” instead?
Whatever the title, I can’t wait to read it - and I know I will love it...

ÉtienneJanuary 5, 2018 2:16 PM

For the Internet+ i would suggest 'the cyber world', perhaps 'cyberphysical World' would fit, too.

FridzJanuary 5, 2018 2:20 PM

My two cents:

#1 Securing our stuff in an insecure world

#2 "The Internetwork" signifying the internet and all it's loosely and not so loosely connected networks.

M RenzJanuary 5, 2018 2:28 PM

My first thought was Hyper ER but as I gave it some thought I would call it Cosmic-Net.

Jay LiboveJanuary 5, 2018 2:29 PM

I quite like the subtitle as-is. Although the "Hyperconnected Planet" maybe doesn't adequately address that it is the hyper-connectivity of the tech bits (and the don't-seem-so-tech-but-still-are/have-tech-bits).
"Peril and promise of the Internet of Everything" ?
"Peril and promise in a future where even your underpants are net-connected" ?

As for "Internet+", if it really must be just one word (rather than a phrase), that's probably as good as any. An alternative would be to use a retro sci-fi-ish term like "Galacticnet".
But my preference and suggestion would be to go for a phrase, such as "Connected World", or the already existing "Internet of Everything".

I'm not really THAT oldJanuary 5, 2018 2:32 PM

When additional networks are attached to The Internet, it is still The Internet.

You're adding to that other internets and computer networks based on other technologies.

The data is data. If you add meaning, it's information.

Processing is performed by processes.

"Cloud" is an element in the set of terms that annoy me, and I don't even mind chalkboard scraping. Don't get me started on "The Internet of Things!"

HOWEVER, I realize that I'm old and you need a hook. For the typical consumer, all of that is already encompassed by the term, "The Internet."

Perhaps simply "The Net" although I can't help but think of Sandra Bullock when I hear that. There is almost a universe of things less pleasant to think of than Sandra Bullock. Now I'm rambling, but I already stated that I'm old.

echoJanuary 5, 2018 2:40 PM

The contents of your new book seem very concise and balanced and a very good primer to todays challenges for building a different tomorrow. Good luck, Bruce. I hope you find an audience beyond the tech/security industries.

hmmJanuary 5, 2018 2:43 PM

The concept sought transcends the mere written word as we know it.

You need something with a color scheme, an appetizing smell, a dance move and a jingle.

Merchandising is inevitable so you might as well think about the breakfast cereal now too.

"bombocybergenesis flakes"

reading4funJanuary 5, 2018 2:49 PM

As @wicky says, the term Net 2.0 has been around for a while and is recognizable. Suggest Net 3.0 to refer to the new reality and what's coming.

JamesJanuary 5, 2018 2:52 PM

Click Here to Kill Everybody: Peril and Promise in the Age of Connectivity

Click Here to Kill Everybody: Searching For Security in a Hyberconnected World

Click Here to Kill Everybody: Is a Pause For Security Possible?

For the general reader, these:

Keeping to Latin:

Switching to Greek:

robertuxJanuary 5, 2018 2:53 PM

Hi Bruce,

Regarding with #1, IMHO the title is so long. My suggestion is to have a short but a powerful title, something like that:

Jungle-net: the danger is out there!

I hope this helps!

Looking forward to read you new book,



regarding wordsJanuary 5, 2018 3:24 PM

A networked computer. A Globally networked computer -The Internet.

Add internet of things: not only computers, but toasters, ovens, Your freaking Door Lock!
More so: Phones, Personal devices, Fitness loggers, Talking Teddy Bears!
Medical implants, Medication that detect yout Intestines!

I have no word big enough,
The Extended Internet
The Hyper-Extended Internet

(make it all caps)

David WJanuary 5, 2018 3:24 PM

1. I would agree that "Click Here to Kill Everybody" is a little click-baity for an author like yourself. If you want to continue the "Data and Goliath" theme of wordplay on mythology, you might consider something like "Digital Achilles" or "Pandora's Unboxing". In terms of a subtitle, in the interest of being succinct (and not going overboard with alliteration), I'd suggest something like "The Enormous Stakes of a Hyperconnected World".

2. I would +1 the suggestion of "connected ecosystem". I would avoid "Internet+" (too vague) and also avoid any term with "cyber" or "net" in it as sounding distinctly 90's (and therefore not inclusive of our modern understanding of the cloud, the internet of things, etc.)

Thanks for your consideration! Obviously I'll read it regardless.

MattJanuary 5, 2018 3:27 PM

For #2: In the DoD, DISA calls nearly what you're describing the Global Information Grid (GIG).

SteveJanuary 5, 2018 3:31 PM

#1: Securing Your Life in an Age of Connected Everything

#2: I second Mailman's "Ubiquinet" suggestion. That I arrived at this term independently lends weight (at least in my mind) to its potential thrust.

zJanuary 5, 2018 3:37 PM

Re: a substitute for "internet +", the term that I tend to use is "Extended Internet", i.e., the Internet in its broadest scope. I'm not sure how you would articulate the more classical Internet, of just computers.

SteveJanuary 5, 2018 3:43 PM

1. CH2KE: Every Computer Is A Weapon If You Hold It Right

2. Internet is sufficient. Unless we're going to scrap it and start over, IoT and everything else are just bolt ons.

PeeDeeJanuary 5, 2018 3:47 PM


I agree with Everyone vs Everybody.

CH2KE: Pandoranet - The peril and promise of online connections.

CH2KE: Monetising our online demise.

CH2KE: Weaponising our online addiction.

CH2KE: Internet security (and ponies) for all.

HyberJanuary 5, 2018 4:01 PM

Please don't turn hyper into the new cyber.
Add another vote for Internet of Everything -> IoE

RaoufJanuary 5, 2018 4:05 PM

One issue that needs to be specifically addressed is the security of cell phones. What does a secure but functional cell phone look like

On the name of the book not too fond of the title but like the subtitle
Suggest These Threats Will Apply To You
or Ubiquitous Connections Ubiquitous Threats

For the internet+ I suggest ubiquitous connectivity

CliffJanuary 5, 2018 4:18 PM

I was thinking Omninet. Or Maybe Hypernet. Or if you want to get more ominous, Ubernet.

GrauhutJanuary 5, 2018 4:21 PM

"Peril and Promise on a Hyperconnected Planet"

Peril and Promise on a Ubernetworked Planet / Ubernet.

hmmJanuary 5, 2018 4:27 PM

"the term that I tend to use is Extended Internet ..."

Yes, in keeping with the theme of Extended Random.

GarethJanuary 5, 2018 4:45 PM

1. Some ideas:
* Click Here to Kill Everybody: Hacking Things Out in a Hyperconnected Future
* ...: Crossing the Rubicon to a Hyperconnected Apocalypse
* ...: A User’s Guide to Hope & Doom in a Hyperconnected Future
* ...: Everything You Never Wanted to Know About the Hyperconnected Future

2. Maybe the...
* interverse
* exonet

echoJanuary 5, 2018 4:48 PM

Processing+data+internet=Transdatanet? The problem is there is a business with this name.

grizewaldJanuary 5, 2018 4:56 PM

1. Click Here to Kill Everybody: Peril and Promise in a World of Data.

2. The word you are looking for does not exist in English. I applaud your desire not to invent words. You might get away with "Dataworld" as an appropriate contraction.

IggyJanuary 5, 2018 4:58 PM

Second the suggestion above of "everyone" vs "everybody."

Second the suggestion above of "Allnet" or


Impossibly StupidJanuary 5, 2018 5:15 PM

1. Depending on the details of the content, something like:

Securing Your Safety in a World Run by Robots

2. What you seem to be describing is what is currently covered by Internet of Things (IoT). Perhaps you could say what it is you want to include that falls far outside the way IoT is understood to be trending? If it is mainly about the way devices are increasingly reaching out to each other and into the real world, maybe the Swarming Internet (SwInt)?

WaelJanuary 5, 2018 5:23 PM

Started on this (came from a movie) ... but the skull isn't fully functional, and it's not late enough at night...

  1. Obvious: Excuse me. Is that your nose or did a bus park on your face.
  2. Meteorological: Everybody take cover. She's going to click it.
  3. Fashionable: You know, you could anonymize your ID if you used something better. Like ... Tor
  4. ----------- Unaltered text below -----------
  5. Personal: Well, here we are. Just the three of us.
  6. Punctual: Alright gentlemen. Your nose was on time but you were fifteen minutes late.
  7. Envious: Oooo, I wish I were you. Gosh. To be able to smell your own ear.
  8. Naughty: Pardon me, Sir. Some of the ladies have asked if you wouldn't mind putting that thing away.
  9. Philosophical: You know. It's not the size of a nose thats important. It's what's in it that matters.
  10. Humorous: Laugh and the world laughs with you. Sneeze and its goodbye Seattle.
  11. Commercial: Hi, I'm Earl Schibe and I can paint that nose for $39.95.
  12. Polite: Ah. Would you mind not bobbing your head. The orchestra keeps changing tempo.
  13. Melodic: Everybody! "He's got the whole world in his nose."
  14. Sympathetic: Oh, What happened? Did your parents lose a bet with God?
  15. Complememtary: You must love the little birdies to give them this to perch on.
  16. Scientific: Say, does that thing there influence the tides.
  17. Obscure: Oh, I'd hate to see the grindstone.
  18. Inquiry: When you stop to smell the flowers, are they afraid?
  19. French: Say, the pigs have refused to find any more truffles until you leave.
  20. Pornographic: Finally, a man who can satisfy two women at once.
  21. Religious: The Lord giveth and He just kept on giving, didn't He.
  22. Disgusting: Say, who mows your nose hair.
  23. Paranoid: Keep that guy away from my cocaine!
  24. Aromatic: It must be wonderful to wake up in the morning and smell the coffee ... in Brazil.
  25. Appreciative: Oooo, how original. Most people just have their teeth capped.
  26. Dirty: Your name wouldn't be Dick, would it?


Benny Hill-ish: Click here to kill everybloody
Startrek-ish: Reticulum planet: Human-Machine unity; you've been assimilated
Shakespeare-ish: To click or not to click; That's not the question...
Einstein-ish: Unified field theory, My foot! This is Spooky action at a distance!
Darwin-ish: Theory of devolution at work. Click it, monkey brains.

tkldrJanuary 5, 2018 5:32 PM

. Infinet
. Exinet
. Ubiquinet
. Humanet
. Earthlink*
. Spectrenet*
. World Wide Web*
. Insaninet
. Trillinet
. Level101*
. EndofAllThingsNet*
. MordorNet*
. TheFinalFrontier*

* denotes humor

trentJanuary 5, 2018 6:23 PM

If the subtitle needs to telegraph "everyone needs to read this book" then just make the subtitle "everyone needs to read this book".

"or: how I learned to stop worrying and love the hashtags"

tzJanuary 5, 2018 6:28 PM

The brittleness of having everything interconnected and dependent on the cloud.

For the everything in the cloud, "The black box in the warehouse [data center] your life resides in". "The Matrix". "ePanopticon", "iPanopticon" for Apple users.

I never metadata I didn't like.

echoJanuary 5, 2018 6:31 PM


Inspired by your list: "Puzzlebox".

(P.S. Don't ask where I got this from.)

tzJanuary 5, 2018 6:40 PM

One correction.

Computers AREN'T hard to secure. Anyone remember the Intel 432 processor?

The main problem with security is economic, and the problem is most people prefer the cheapest, fastest, etc. over any security. Assume you could create a perfectly secure smartphone for $3000 based on current volumes. Who would buy it? Especially if it didn't do your appstore. So it ends up a specialty device costing tens of thousands of dollars.

A close second is that security is only visible when it fails. I don't lock my cars or doors because I live in an area where theft is all but unknown. I've lived places where I would have preferred iron bars over every opening.

The third is the asymmetry. A burglar only has to find one unsecured window. The owner has to have 100% coverage.

To revisit the first point, Security is always about economics. Nothing is impenetrable, but it matters if it takes $100, $100k, $100M, or $100B to penetrate. How much do you spend? If you have a $10k item you won't pay $20k to protect it, you will just buy insurance. But you don't know the extent of inconvenience a breech might generate so don't think about it or estimate on the low side.

I'm using the term "economic" but it also means convenience. Opening one lock is a small chore. Opening a gate, then a deadbolt, then a lock, then diarming an alarm is a lot more. And it slows things down. The 432 was glacially slow. Having to type your complex random memorized different for each site password is too. Or even unlocking your password each time. Things are easy to secure, but then it is hard to pass through the security. And you have to do so a millon times more often than the one attacker trying.

lurkerJanuary 5, 2018 8:33 PM

The book needs to attract the attention of non-technical readers. Bruce always crosses that divide well. I believe that hope sells better than fear (think Obama). So commenting on the thoughtful suggestions of others:

1. Subtitle:
Hopeful subtitles:
* Don't change your original: It's already very good (acknowledges the peril, but extends the promise.)
* Otherwise, I like "Peril and Promise in the Age of Connectivity" better than "Hyperconnected"

Over-promising subtitles:
* "Securing a Hyperconnected Planet" -- that's a goal, but we're not there yet
* "Securing Your Life in an Age of Connected Everything" -- I love it, but it still over-promises where we are.

Too-negative subtitles:
* "Every Computer Is A Weapon If You Hold It Right" -- LOVE it, but we're looking for hopeful solutions
* "I Agree and Accept the Terms of Service" -- clever but fatalistic

2. Internet+
* Safernet -- I really love this one. I have longed for for a safer Internet. Note, it's "safer", not "safe"; nobody's perfect.

David MagdaJanuary 5, 2018 9:00 PM

How about PLEXUS?

A synonym for "Internet+" could be the word "plexus" from biology / medicine: "a network of nerves or blood vessels". [1] Other definitions are [2]: "a network of anastomosing or interlacing blood vessels or nerves" and "an interwoven combination of parts or elements in a structure or system".

Other synonyms for "network" are "grid" and "fabric". [3]

I think "plexus" sounds the most techy-ish though (close to nexus, which means "a connection or series of connections linking two or more things").

Just throw in the "digital" or "computer" as an adverb (?) in front of these three and you're good.


FrancesJanuary 5, 2018 9:20 PM

I like ThirstyMelonSeed's suggestion. "Click Here to Kill Everybody: A Human’s Guide to the Perils and Promises of a Hyperconnected Planet" but I would leave out "human's".

RachelJanuary 5, 2018 9:40 PM

Mr Schneier
Perhaps not entirely on point but I will mention:
Will you be addressing the recent revelations by Silicon Valley staff about facebook and other software being deliberately designed to stimulate dopamine and create sensations encouraging addictive behaviour? And that apparently Steve Jobs would not permit his children to use iphones and ipads. Bill Gates had similar inclinations for his children

RajendraJanuary 5, 2018 9:49 PM

1. Click Here To Kill Everyone : Navigating The Minefields of a Hyperconnected Planet.
(Everyone sounds better).

2. Smartplanet : This connects well with the word "planet" in the subtitle and would be reinforced every time it is used.

Hope this helps.
Looking forward to the book.

LeifJanuary 5, 2018 10:40 PM

“How to secure your new reality’

No idea about the right word for the boosted inet.

gigamaJanuary 6, 2018 1:17 AM

Keep is simple:

#1) Click Here to Kill Everybody: The Consequences of a Hyperconnected Planet

#2) The extended world-wide web

Ante WesselsJanuary 6, 2018 2:48 AM

"Our digital world" could be an alternative for "Internet+". And your subtitle already provides "hyperconnected": "hyperconnected world".

Click Here to Kill Everybody: Our Hyperconnected World, Treaths and Solutions

MontecarloJanuary 6, 2018 6:35 AM

The subtitle should build on the title, not seek to counterbalance it.

"Click Here to Kill Everybody: How the Cloud has Replaced the Mushroom Cloud".

Leonardo CooperJanuary 6, 2018 6:36 AM

@lurker commented: * "I Agree and Accept the Terms of Service" -- clever but fatalistic

Well, I think that is the idea, read the title: "Click Here to Kill Everybody"

PaulJanuary 6, 2018 7:29 AM

Subtitle: Surviving hyperconnectivity

The Internet+:


= Internet + outernet (extended periphery)

NameJanuary 6, 2018 8:15 AM

"Click Here to Kill Everybody: What You Need to Now About Cyber-Security in the Modern Era"
Change "Internet+" to Networked Computing.

JonKnowsNothingJanuary 6, 2018 8:25 AM

I think click bait is just fine. The whole point of such a book is to get people to read it. The ultimate goal is to inform people about what's what.

However, baring anything they can actually DO about it leads to apathy. When I explain to others that they should have nothing to do with Windows X, the answers are:

  • I need a computer
  • I need to access XYZ sites for ABC reasons
  • I have no choice
  • There isn't anything anyone can do

And you know... they are right about all of it.

re: CH2KE and possible name confusion

There is a 2014 video called Chokepoint by filmmaker Katy Scoggin and Intercept co-founder Laura Poitras and the German news organization der Spiegel

It documents the reactions of the engineers of small German telecom/isp named: Stellar when confronted with evidence that their company—and they themselves—had been surveilled by GCHQ.

When I first read CH2KE I thought it referred to the Chokepoint video. The video is absolutely worth watching.

JBJanuary 6, 2018 9:11 AM

RE: 1. I'm not really happy with the subtitle. It needs to be descriptive, to counterbalance the admittedly clickbait title. It also needs to telegraph: "everyone needs to read this book." I'm taking suggestions.

Suggestion: say what directly what you mean after the title (perhaps too long) or let the title do the work of suggestion. I tend to prefer the latter.

"Click Here" To Kill Everyone. The Coming Hyperconnected World. (continue with brief bio).

"Click Here" To Kill Everyone. The Imminent Hyperconnected World. (continue with brief bio).

"Click Here" To Kill Everyone. Two Years Later In The Hyperconnected World. (continue with brief bio).

"Click Here" To Kill Anyone. Two Years After The Hyperconnected World. (continue with brief bio).

"Click Here" To Kill Anyone. The Coming Hyperconnected World. (continue with brief bio).

"Click Here" To Kill Anyone. The Hyperconnected World. (continue with brief bio).

To unclickbait the title, reverse the phrases.

Risk In A Hyperconnected World: "Click Here" To Destroy Anyone (Yes, It's Real).

Risk In A Hyperconnected World: "Click Here" To Kill Anyone (It's Not A Joke).


Click HERE To Kill Everyone: Why Every Person Should Read This Book About Dangers of The New Hyperconnected World

Click HERE To Kill Anyone: Why Every Person Should Read This Book About Risk in The New Hyperconnected World

RE: 2. In the book I need a word for the Internet plus the things connected to it plus all the data and processing in the cloud. I'm using the word "Internet+," and I'm not really happy with it. I don't want to invent a new word, but I need to strongly signal that what's coming is much more than just the Internet -- and I can't find any existing word. Again, I'm taking suggestions.

"Spynet" (ha ha)

None of these quite work, but in the direction of the thought: It might help to work with a known term and broaden it. I think something ending in "net" might be appropriate as "net" already has a lot of mental models associated with it.

Best of luck,

-- Jim.

JBJanuary 6, 2018 9:49 AM

I forgot to add, that long titles may work when split apart in phrases with different fonts, and art. Imagine the following with different fonts or sizes and/or colors:

Click HERE To Kill Everyone

Why Every Person Should Read This Book



-- Jim.

andrasJanuary 6, 2018 10:01 AM

My two cents for #2

8. How to secure Covernet

and somewhere a sentence could be:

I name it Covernet, because the Internet, the Clouds and the Internet of Things alltogether surround us, cover us and weigh down us to the ground.

Anyway, thank you for writing it, I will sure read it.

Petre PeterJanuary 6, 2018 10:03 AM

1. Click Here to Kill Everybody: Bits and Pieces(trends), Giant Robots(solution), Reset Buttons(technology policy)

1. Reset Button: Click Here to Kill Everyone

2. Internalnet

What Went WrongJanuary 6, 2018 10:08 AM

1. Vint Cerf once discussed that internet is experiment that never ended.
I love the idea that we live in experiment. Spooky. In this spirit I propose this subtitle:
Click Here to Kill Everybody: What Went Wrong with Internet Experiment.
(If you highlight first three W on cover of book it will become www as visual Pavlovian bonus...).
(You can even have this short story about "experiment" in the book, it will give people perspective why we have this mess. Many have no clue how this all came about.)

2. For God Allmighty have mercy and do not invent new word. Non tech people I know equal internet to everything digital related. If I talk for example about the cloud or IoT, I will get just blank stares. Confusion can be deadly. You do not want regular people to be confused. Keep it simple. There is reason I put internet in subtitle, it is familiar for everybody (that we here in this thread and regular people have different explanation is not important in this context, you want them to pick up the book and read it...).

Petre PeterJanuary 6, 2018 10:15 AM

2. echosystem
To remind us that systems based on secrecy are brittle and to remind us of the promised transparency command that is to come.

KevJanuary 6, 2018 10:39 AM

1. Triumph and damnation in our interconnected lives
2. Its no longer our networks that are interconnected, its most our our activities of daily living - InterLife

WillJanuary 6, 2018 11:09 AM

I think you should be kind to yourself. Imagine being at a conference, "When I wrote _____"
Have the initial title short.

Clickcrypt: Do we care enough to make a change?

Clickdoom: Must we wait till the worst happens?
The Malvernet
Hack me here: Let's just make it a standard.
Philhackthropy: Do we really want to keep giving it all away?
Click away!: It is the features that count.

If you are inspired by one of our suggestions, do we get a free book? :-D

Anyhow, there are a few cycles from my brain. Hopefully that might inspire another commentor with something that does not sound as bad. ;-)

EvanJanuary 6, 2018 1:04 PM

1. How about just "No really, it's not as far-fetched as any of us might hope"?

2. I totally agree with the commenter(s?) that think you should just stick with "Internet", or something similar ("the Net"), because a) people really need to understand that this is the way Internet is going to work, currently works, has always worked: servers with data and people trying to figure out marketing and promotion strategies. Browser- and app-based data collection has thrown that fact into sharper relief, but the situation is not fundamentally different (in the US, at least) than it was 30-40 years ago. Even if we were still stuck with offline data collection, online data aggregation would still be possible and not look much different from how it does now.

Oh snap's rules for 2018January 6, 2018 2:21 PM

Important New Rules for the world, 2018 edition:

No Hyper, no Mega, no Giga, nothing under Yotta or Femto.

No X-ey Mc-Xface. Ever. No Epic.

No coining "new" terms by truncating 2 things and joining them like ScarJo or Jarvanka.

No coining "new" terms by merely referencing existing company, like Googling.

No more taking a picture of your dinner and thinking the internet cares, it doesn't.

Referencing an already-worn meme will be subject to a use tax and or fine if abused.

The "cloud" will no longer be a stand-in for magic, security, or technology by default.

Using shady ad networks to make money off clicks will be relegated to beggar status.

Dating app conventions will not be allowed for everyday use, as dating apps are only for losers.

If Apple *.* then brave. With each new Apple model, 1 mainstream interface is removed.

Anyone walking in public while looking at their phone may be knocked the hell out "accidentally"

The use of earbuds to pretend you cannot be hit by a car no longer prevents that outcome.

If not already blogging/streaming/podcasting, you must apply for a redundancy check before branding.

When purchasing gasoline/diesel, you must fill a 1-oz shot glass and drink it pumpside to remind yourself exactly how nasty this stuff still is given alternatives that exist today.

Absolutely, positively, whataboutitably no treason.

That is all.

Jon ZieglerJanuary 6, 2018 2:53 PM

I like "Surviving in Cyberspace" as a subtitle. The word's been around for quite a while and means pretty much what you want. You could add "and Thriving" to "Surviving" if you want a touch of the positive.

CONNECT IT ALLJanuary 6, 2018 3:01 PM

@ Bruce

1. Click Here To Kill Everybody: How The New World Of "Connect It All" Affects Your Life

2. Digital Reality 2.0

ErickJanuary 6, 2018 7:15 PM

I think shortening is the way to go: "The Net"

CH2KE: Finding Safety in an Unsafe World


CH2KE: Or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer on Staying Safe in an Unsafe World

Just_some_personJanuary 6, 2018 11:30 PM

1) title:
CH2KE: Though crimes have become material crimes and path towards a safer future
CH2KE: A map out of the digital chaos
CH2KE: A path to a sustainable digital future

2) word:
power grid, phone grid, => grid
geosphere, biosphere, noosphere, sphere of influence => sphere or intersphere
? => Public arena
? => Meatspace
corporeal space => corpspace

b) Pick something in German or Latin, maybe Espranto or Dutch.

Good luck with it.

Gerard van VoorenJanuary 7, 2018 2:39 AM


"How We Can Secure the SaneNet"

That said: I am not anything big about titling.

And that also said: "Introduction: Everything is Becoming a Computer", IMO, isn't the right set of words. Everything has become a set of management tools, combined with all its benefits and downfalls, which today are still heading to the right direction, but which can and probably will fail pretty soon, once class action suits are on its way.

About part 1 and 2, I think they are right, with the remarks that I don't believe in any kind of security anymore. We are heading into a Brave New World drugged society.

Sorry for the pessimism.

WaelJanuary 7, 2018 4:55 AM

This book is your mission, should you accept it... This planet will auto destruct in 5 units of time.

How about a book with no title at all? Just a blank cover or a title that's a SHA256 of some text that will be revealed once the whole text is read? That'll grab attention!

WaelJanuary 7, 2018 5:04 AM

One last try:

Book background cover:
Picture: Schneier offering two hands with one pill in each
Text: which pill will you take, the red or the blue? (The click or don't click.)

Customer reading the cover: Huh? I'm color blind, dawg!

Of course you'll have to clear the copyright ...

MMKJanuary 7, 2018 5:10 AM

For question 2, what about "Holinet"?
Internet + things connected + all the data + processing in the cloud: >

OtterJanuary 7, 2018 5:25 AM

"Schneier" is all the clickbait I need.

Subtitles scare off the "everyone" you mean when you say "everyone needs to read this book". In any case, you cannot say what you want to say in seven words. Spring for a beer and ask a friend to write a blurb.

Besides, if "Click Here to Kill Everybody" doesn't say "everyone needs to read this book", well, probably there are some people for whom it is pointless.

No, you don't need a word for "the Internet plus the things connected" and so forth.

You, and I, and the 100 or so people who replied above know that "Internet" as we understand it does not include the things connected. But we also know that most people, those whose clicks you wish to bait, understand "the things connected" when they say "Internet".

"Internet+", and probably all the suggestions above (which I have not read), sound so lame because we know they are nonsense... to us.

If you want to write for "us", you can use something like "Internet+", if you explain what you mean, and why.

If you want to write for "everyone", you must accept their word and explain what you are separating out of it.

Also, I suspect, for your book to succeed, you need to concentrate on explaining that the jungle of broken protocols, thieves, and psychpaths that "everyone" experiences is not the internet -- that those are parasites, taking advantage of the unwary, the misinformed, the disarmed.

ShamanPrimeJanuary 7, 2018 5:27 AM

Looking forward to the book!

Re. the subtitle, it is not bad, but it could indeed be more personal and could use simpler words; something like: "Opportunities & threats in our interconnected world"

As for the "Internet+", I don't like it either - and we certainly don't need to invent new words.
The term Internet of Things (IoT) typically covers all the things that you mention, but you could add "ecosystem" next to it to show the wider view that you take.

ShaunJanuary 7, 2018 5:46 AM

The 'Internet' described a presumably voluntary connection between 2 networks - like my home network and CNN. It has clearly grown beyond that and introduced the growing problem of 'non-voluntary' connections to our networks like cookies, security cameras, facial recognition, massive logging and powerful analytics based simply on metadata and other monitoring tools that most of us would exempt ourselves from if we knew they were trained on us.

'PervasiveNet' came to mind, but 'PermaNet' may cover more ground.

John ArweJanuary 7, 2018 8:31 AM

wrt Internet+ : Planetary Net, or PlanetNet for short. 'Advantage': same number of syllables as Internet. FWIW, since there is no generally known+accepted word for what you're trying to describe, no reason to be shy about inventing a new word.

wrt subtitle (descriptive, ...telegraph: "everyone needs to read this book."):

  1. A Better Planetnet is within your reach
  2. How you (we?) can demand a secure (safer, better,... insert fav) planetnet

wrt the outline:

  • 1.0: Trends >> Problematic trends (work in "problem", so part 2's "solutions" is a more natural mate)
  • If your intended audience is fairly wide, the wording of 1.3 and 1.5 is too technical. Some alternatives:

    • 3: New dangers arise when computers act independently to change the world around them
    • 3: Computers changing the world independently create new dangers
    • 5: Determining if that's really you logging on is getting harder

    • 2.9 etc's mention of "Government" might dissuade some (conservatives, maybe strong privacy advocates) from reading it for no particularly good reason. "Society" might read just as well in those places, even if the full text makes the case that Government is a/the primary route by which Society affects its world.

RachelJanuary 7, 2018 12:04 PM

Poor Mr Schneier has to grok 140 odd comments
a name for all the stuff?
Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster

MarcJanuary 7, 2018 12:53 PM


My suggestion, for "Internet+" would be: Internetc: Internet cetera.

I, at least, thought it was clever... ;-)


JonKnowsNothingJanuary 7, 2018 2:00 PM

Click Here to Kill Everybody: Ganking the World
Subtitle: How Last Hitting wrecked the Internet

* NoobNet (safety for everyone)
* NextNet (the one we need)

Ganking in PVP is when a player has a significant advantage over his victim, such as being part of a group, being a higher level, or attacking the victim while they are at low health.

BobinVanJanuary 7, 2018 4:35 PM

Dont really like the title that much.

Some ideas:
Click to Kill All:

the +Internet+ of deadly things: clicks that kill

The killing click: Perils/promises of ....

Press here to kill-tinue.

(note. "clicking" sees like something you do on a PC (with mouse), whereas "tapping" seems like its done on a mobile device and they say most people are mobile users now.

Internet++ or Internet^E or Internet^3
Internet of all (IoA)
Internet of everything/stuff (INoES)



MarkJanuary 7, 2018 6:34 PM

No one is calling it CH2KE. The title of the book is clickbait, and it's prone to the usual boy who cried wolf that's prominent throughout the industry.

justinacolmenaJanuary 7, 2018 8:15 PM

Everyone Favors Insecurity

Sometimes it may seem that way, but no, not everyone favors insecurity.

Risks are Becoming Catastrophic

Very much so, as more and more of our personal information is put into databases and made available online for more or less "official" purposes or for "licensed" use or for pay or on some other selective basis.

Click Here to Kill Everybody
  1. The red button on Kim Jong-Un's desk in Pyongyang.
  2. Also the reality if your family or team or cell is on the run hiding from N.K., China, Russia, etc.

justinacolmenaJanuary 7, 2018 8:26 PM


"Securing Our Future Existence" seems to have the correct double meaning.

That happens to be a catchphrase of sorts for white nationalists, a.k.a. [Neo-]Nazis. There is a certain "nativist" or birthright survivalist mentality to "secure the future" for white children. Native Americans are acknowledged as well, but on a very segregated basis.

K.K.K., Grand Dragons, white hoodies, cross-burning and all that. They even ally themselves with certain native African tribes in their hatred of black descendants of former slaves in America.

The white coats who diagnose rare diseases in Africa and perform female circumcisions.

All lies when it comes to these people. They "routinely" pull wisdom teeth.

FerdJanuary 7, 2018 8:46 PM

1. Click Here to Kill Everybody: Securing the connection between everyone on this Planet

2. Internet+ --> Trustnet

Uri CohenJanuary 7, 2018 10:49 PM

I would replace the term Internet+ with an English phrase which already has a meaning close to the one you seek. For example, you can use "hyperconnected world" (as in your subtitle) to describe all the devices and their cloud components.

Then your chapters are named:
- What a Secure Hyperconnected World Looks Like
- How We Can Secure the Hyperconnected World
- How to Engender Trust on the Hyperconnected World

AliJanuary 7, 2018 11:48 PM

> justinacolmena
> That happens to be a catchphrase of sorts for white nationalists, a.k.a. [Neo-]Nazis.


Never put me in charge of PR.

MarkJanuary 8, 2018 1:45 AM

I agree with Ante Wessels regarding "Our digital world" suggestion, maybe even simply "Digital World" or "Digital Life".

Jan DoggenJanuary 8, 2018 2:55 AM

"I need a word for the Internet plus the things connected to it plus all the data and processing in the cloud" -> InterData

Feel free to use it.

SilentJanuary 8, 2018 9:52 AM

Title suggestions? "CH2KE: Yes, anyone can do it and no, you don't have to."


"CH2KE: Being (and feeling) secure and relaxed in our hyperconnected world"

As for a name of Internet+, I like the feel of IoE (Internet of Everything) because, well, that's pretty much what it is.

willJanuary 8, 2018 11:03 AM

Bruce - looking forward to you new book. tons of great comments here. While CHTKE is catchy 4 sure...seems a bit heavy handed and possibly the wrong intent.. Perhaps simple is better per the fishmonger story. Just 'Click' or this one was nice from a previous poster..slight mod - "Click Here to Connect with Everybody: A Human’s Guide to the Perils and Promises of a Hyperconnected Planet"

Ruediger GmachJanuary 8, 2018 11:44 AM

#1: I'd just reverb it to "Promise and dangers of a hyperconnected world".

BilskoJanuary 8, 2018 12:22 PM

Certainly looking forward to the new book!

For the subtitle - I took inspiration from Charles Perrow's Normal Accidents: " Living with high-risk technologies"

Some derivative of that subtitle (changing it to 'hyperconnected high-risk technologies' perhaps) helps ground the CH2KE title...and makes it clear that there is no alternative but to live with this reality.

I'd second both the astronomy and ecology terminology as starting points for the Internet+
(Internet Medium, Internet ecology, netecology). It may take a couple of paragraphs to tee up the idea and familiarize lay audiences, but could be worth it.

'Omninet' sounds a little to ominous... maybe Metanet?

Scott HJanuary 8, 2018 12:30 PM

Subtitle is easy:

The Coming Apocalypse and How to Survive it.

Or a slightly less clickbait version:

The Coming Apocalypse and How We Avoid it.

And for those looking for (what was then) a good fictional read on the topic, I highly recommend Daniel Suarez' Daemon, and the sequel, FreedomTM

MarcJanuary 8, 2018 1:07 PM

I'm the same guy that proposed "Internet cetera", above. Thinking about it, I think simply "Net cetera" might be better...

ScottJanuary 8, 2018 4:00 PM

Bruce - longtime reader, first-time title voter. Click Here to Kill Everybody: the Peril and Promise of the Internet of Everything.

You can use IoE as short-hand instead of Internet+

Click-bait in a book title is good.

PhilipJanuary 8, 2018 4:34 PM

My $.02; I would like the title to be some thing simple and to the point. For instance "My thoughts on the Internet of Things" or "IoE Security Manual"

Gerard van VoorenJanuary 8, 2018 5:09 PM

@ Scott H,

The Coming Apocalypse and How to Survive it.

And now let's clear that up:

The Coming Apocalypse

I like that.

Clive RobinsonJanuary 8, 2018 10:09 PM

@ Scott,

Click Here to Kill Everybody: the Peril and Promise of the Internet of Everything.

I would swap the order of Peril and Promise.

Because it's the "Promise" that draws you to the "Peril" as surely as the Sirens[1] Song[2].

[1] Greek mythology varies on what they were and what they looked like. In essence part woman that plays a stringed musical instrument, whilst in part the feet atleast were savage bird claws to render the flesh from a man made recumbrant by their allure...

[2] Mind you a hundred years ago in 1917 towards the end of World War One Franz Kafka made the point that the sirens silence was deadlier than their song. That is whilst you might through madness escape the song, the silence you could never escape.

BobJanuary 9, 2018 6:12 AM

I would suggest Omnishambles instead of Internet+ as it is fair description and a word that is already in dictionaries although it is relatively new. ;)

Alexandre InacioJanuary 9, 2018 11:34 AM

ApocalypseNet: How Bigdata and IoT in a hyperconnected society is turning the old Internet into a new mass destruction weapon. (I know it sounds like a 'B' movie title.)

The BigNet or BigNet.

Roger ChaplinJanuary 9, 2018 11:36 AM

For #2: Since The Internet is the network, The Internet and everything connected to it is the Networld.

Alexandre InacioJanuary 9, 2018 1:17 PM

More suggestions...

Net Apocalypse: How Bigdata and IoT in a hyperconnected society is turning the old Internet into a new mass destruction weapon.

Data Apocalypse: How Bigdata and IoT in a hyperconnected society is turning the old Internet into a new mass destruction weapon.

MBJanuary 9, 2018 3:04 PM

I think "the Worldwide Web" is pretty suggestive name for this sort of global network, which connects not only computers, but many other kinds of equipment and people as well.

ChrisJanuary 9, 2018 4:57 PM

For Internet+, why not "Internet umwelt or "connected umwelt"? I can see that you might not want to paint the Internet as an organism or an ecosystem, but I found this Wikipedia passage in the umwelt article to be interesting:

"As a term, umwelt also unites all the semiotic processes of an organism into a whole. Internally, an organism is the sum of its parts operating in functional circles and, to survive, all the parts must work together co-operatively. This is termed the 'collective umwelt' which models the organism as a centralised system from the cellular level upward. This requires the semiosis of any one part to be continuously connected to any other semiosis operating within the same organism. If anything disrupts this process, the organism will not operate efficiently"

Each connected component of the internet has its own model of the world which are based upon (often faulty) human assumptions. When those assumptions are about security, they are often (no, usually) points of attack for other nefarious components. I recall the example of the South African honeybees you mentioned in Beyond Fear which couldn't compete with mutated Cape honeybees because they failed to detect the latter's eggs in their own hives. You don't have to beat the organism metaphor to death, but it might fit.

FreekJanuary 9, 2018 7:28 PM

Simply "networks" is the term if you want to refer to all networks, not just the Internet.

CarpetCatJanuary 9, 2018 9:44 PM

Some small changes:

Click here to kill everyone: The digital world's nuclear button you've never heard of.

Everyone sounds better than everybody, just rolls off the tongue smoother. And the catch subtitle just reels them in. You'll have a wider audience, a memorable tagline, and much much more money.

(you can owe me one)

PubliusJanuary 10, 2018 2:39 AM

Initially I thought the main title too click baity, on reflection it's good.

You may not need a subtitle.

If you're set on one, maybe "How to stop the Internet killing us." The book does offer suggestions so I'd say that.

For a name I thought something reminiscent of Teilhard de Chardin's noösphere, sounds best. Infosphere might strike enough bells, while making it plain that you're talking beyond the Internet.

UpsideDownAndInsideOutJanuary 10, 2018 6:44 AM

1) The rise and commoditization of weaponized software
2) Profanet (profane-net) or WorldWildWeb

EvanJanuary 10, 2018 8:29 AM

I don't like "Internet+" because it sounds like some kind of marketing nonsense. The Internet, in its true sense, already is what you describe, and it makes things less clear rather than more to concede "Internet" as just the web and email and so on, just making up a new term for the Internet as a Gestalt.

The best metaphor I can think of is going down a street or into a shopping mall and seeing storefronts, and thinking a storefront of, say, Zara represents the totality of Zara S.A.'s business activities. So something like "storefront Internet" or "street-level Internet" (or maybe even "consumer Internet") versus the "Internet Datachain" (nodding towards both the idea of "supply chain" as well as "blockchain"), or "Internet Backend" that conveys 1) this is still "the Internet", just not something most people deal with or think about day-to-day, and 2) it nevertheless undergirds much of what the customer-facing Internet actually does.

This is my favorite suggestion. My second-favorite suggestion is to be very German about it (German is cool again, see any of those 'Top 10 words missing in English' listicles): "Gestalt-Internet" or "Gestalternet".

fredJanuary 10, 2018 8:42 AM

In my not so humble opinion, you've missed the mark here. One of the main reasons tech is so insecure is business & budget decisions. Engineers (people with normal humans) are pushed to hit deadlines and have a working product. Quality is thrown out the window quickly to get the product released for a competitive advantage. Security is thrown out WAY before quality.

Until management is willing to eat the time and cost of security it will never happen. Frankly it would scare the sh*t out of you if you knew where I worked and the recommendations I've made that have flat out been shot down because "we don't have time" or "if we don't release this by x date, we'll get dinged in our year end review"

PeterJanuary 10, 2018 10:23 AM

Regarding a name for Internet + all the Stuff Connected To It and all the Data Flowing Through It: I don't think any existing word really does the job, although the term Digital Connectome appears to be an effort in this direction.

My own proposed neologism: Paranet.

Freezing_in_BrazilJanuary 10, 2018 12:23 PM

I thought it was already the final title. Looks perfect to me. No suggestions. I wish you success!

JeffJanuary 10, 2018 12:49 PM

Clickbait is good. Subtitle "The Internet is or will be soon a weapon of mass destruction".

MikeJanuary 10, 2018 6:04 PM

I like:
Click Here to Kill Everybody: Solutions to the Perils of a Hyperconnected Planet

As for Internet+, I always pictured "World Wide Web" as the content, meta-data and related information whereas the "Internet" is the infrastructure that it sits atop. With that in mind, World Wide Web has the connotation that you're looking for - although I suppose many relate WWW to websites and HTML exclusively.

Are you really sure...?January 11, 2018 3:37 AM

* A less doommy tiltle would be:

"Click Accept To Destroy The Selected Places: Hidden Risks And Gains On An Overconnected World"

More generally:
Click Confirm/Here To Wipe out/Eliminate/Kill The Selection:

Inevitable/Covert Perils/Dangers And Promises/Advantages On An Hyperconnected/Superconnected World/Planet

* About #2: Keep it simple: "Internet of Things" almost capture that. Maybe

"Cloud of Things"

does the trick.

Mark MillerJanuary 11, 2018 8:06 AM

#1 Navigating the new connected reality.

#2 Internecosystem (sorry, inventing a new word!)

Rational ParanoidJanuary 12, 2018 2:12 PM

Need a new word?

How about:

Since you never know when the Internet is watching you.

ClayJanuary 13, 2018 6:27 PM

The Perils and Joys of a Hyperconnected Planet

Partially inspired by an essay I read called 'the Joys and Perils of Victimhood' -- hopefully not close enough for infringement.

HendrikJanuary 15, 2018 3:41 AM

2. O.W.N. as in OWN(ed)...

I was thinking: Single World Network, as that is what we are/have/had moved to. (The Internet was defined way back in the 90s as a loosely Inter-connected set of Net-works)

The acronym is just too... alphabet souped: S.W.N.

and from there One World Network came about.

We aren't talking anymore of a "loosely connected" set of networks, we have now (Like Sun Microsystems/Scot McNeally in the 90s stated): 'The Network *is* the computer", we are tlakign about *single* network of One-ness... perhaps even S.O.W.N. the Single One-ness World Network.

I would even think/believe somebidy would creat a better world/acronym based on Earth instead of World, but it is this "world" of ours that is networked as one.

Marcus OfenhedJanuary 15, 2018 3:52 AM

The title sounds very dooms-day. I think peolpe are getting tired of everything being shit (nihalism), and I think the subtitle should relay that you are suggesting fixes and not only taking to the streets and screaming that we're all going to die.

Russ SmithJanuary 15, 2018 4:44 AM

#2 - Ubinet - from (as someone already said) Ubiquitous Internet. Short and snappy.

H SinghJanuary 15, 2018 4:57 AM

Hi Mr Schneier
Thanks for your feeds, very informative,always!

Answer to ur 2 questions, you may consider :-
1. "Click for the FutureNet: Perils & Solutions to a Hyperconnected World"
2. For Internet+, read "FutureNet"
Lt Col H Singh, Veteran, Indian Army

Richard HallowsJanuary 15, 2018 5:39 AM

Suggestion for subtitle. "How to survive in a hyperconnected world" or drop the 'in' and have "How to survive a hyperconnected world" or if How to makes it sound too much like a manual then "Survival in a hyperconnected world"

As for the Internet+ word (and you're right not to be happy with it) - not sure there is too much wrong with cyberspace - however contested a concept it may be....

You have the existing option of the "technosphere" which I understand is a word - and defined in online Oxford Dictionary as "The sphere or realm of human technological activity; the technologically modified environment." that might fit the bill..

Good luck...

Steve MJanuary 15, 2018 6:12 AM

1) CH2KE: Perils of a Hyperconnected World

Rationale: the consumer has already bought into the promise of increased interconnections. It’s unnecessary to further market the promise aspect and undermines your central thesis to water down the risk component.

2) Internet & Para-Internet Information (I&PI)

It’s unwieldy, but ...

GregJanuary 15, 2018 9:18 AM

Bruce, Part 2 of the book lends itself to:
Navigating Answers in the Everything-connected World

Not overly techie - if you want this book to be approachable by a wider audience

Volker StreckeJanuary 15, 2018 9:56 AM

Dear Bruce,

in order to reach a broader audience, not just us IT professionals, you are right, it should be good to speak not that technical. Therefore my suggestions is: Maybe you could use a word which is always omnipresent, but nobody was talking about it before ... . It´s COMMUNICATION. Our whole life is just communication. Communication is between people, organizations, processes, (big) data, machines, ... , and even thoughts, using many different transport methods.

Think about the invention of the telegraph lines in the 19th century and the first wireless communications in the 20th century. This was done in order to augment our human communication senses, in order to find faster communication methods and in order to bridge longer distances.

Now in our increasingly digitized world we are in the next phase of communication. Since nowadays almost all kind of information can reach us, even from the other side of our planet, within seconds, we all have to concentrate ourselves onto contributing how to make sure that everybody and everything is not harmed but enriched from this ubiquitous information interchange.

So secure communication is always a tradoff between risk and benefit.

1. Subtitle = Where today's communication may take us to!
2. Internet+ = ... Since everybody and everything is connected anyway nowadays, there is no Internet or any other special word for this kind of connection necessary anymore. It´s our today´s life, where this kind of connection is just included. It´s our today´s communication of everything, which needs to get secured.

Good luck. Kind regards,
Volker Strecke

S. ratkovichJanuary 15, 2018 10:05 AM

2. In the book I need a word for the Internet plus the things connected to it plus all the data and processing in the cloud. I'm using the word "Internet+," and I'm not really happy with it. I don't want to invent a new word, but I need to strongly signal that what's coming is much more than just the Internet -- and I can't find any existing word. Again, I'm taking suggestions in blog comments.

Consider "netosphere"

SimonJanuary 15, 2018 10:28 AM

I'd like to suggest the moniker "Colossus" to describe Internet+.

Metal band Meshuggah's album Koloss is a concept work describing a malicious super-entity evolved from the electronic surveillance apparatus. I feel it's an accurate artist's impression of what's coming.

JEFFREY LANGJanuary 15, 2018 10:42 AM

cybernetic - the science of communications and automatic control systems in both machines and living things.
cyber -- pertaining to computers
cyborg -- a human being whose body has been taken over in whole or in part by electromechanical devices; "a cyborg is a cybernetic organism"
cybersecure - measures taken to protect a computer or computer system (as on the Internet) against unauthorized access or attack

Humanity is currently entering a phase where we are artificallly extending intellignece and automatic control. One could suggest that any cellphone owner meets the cyborg defintion. Most humans have or are becoming physically dependent or bonded to these and other electromechanical devices.

My submissions for consideration.

Click Here to Kill Everybody: "Humanities evolution to a cybernetic existance."

Ther internet+ term maybe better reflected in context as Cyberspace, Cyberverse or CyberNet.

JohnJanuary 15, 2018 11:07 AM

How about "Internet Core" or I-Core for short. Maybe not analogous to traditional computer core, but perhaps it encapsulates the entirety of the attributes you listed.

I'm not sure I can attribute the following to anyone, but I recall seeing it in an email signature years ago.

"io, io, it's off to core we go..." If that song is stuck in your head for the rest of the day, I humbly beg your forgiveness.

Bruce GrembowskiJanuary 15, 2018 12:01 PM

Click Here To Kill Everyone: How evil can exploit a hyperconnected planet, and what we can do about it

ChristopherJanuary 15, 2018 1:18 PM

(Note: tongue-in-cheek, and critical)
1. How about "Click Here to Kill Everybody: Read this If You Don't Want to Die"?

If you are going to go "clickbait", then why not do it in style? At least then your newest calling card would completely fulfill Daniel Messmer's assessment of your Prophet-of-Doomness. Otherwise aren't you kind of half-assing it? My cortisol levels have been kind of slipping lately...
[end tongue-in-cheek]

Having read your intent to re-read your manuscript with an eye towards this, I'll assume that doom-propheting is not what you want to be known for. I think an outside, trusted (note: high-vibration!) opinion would be useful to you. Think swami. Because if it isn't evident to you already, then something is trying to keep you from seeing it. Clear that, then start your review at the title. Please.

As an author, you hold great sway over how our society evolves. Please hold that responsibility reverently. _How_ a message is transmitted will determine who receives it and its basis. So if your thought is that "the masses" (who respond to terror) need to step it up, so you'll appeal to _them_ by using terror to convey your message, then go for it. But that doesn't seem your style. And it doesn't promote a raising of awareness -- it triggers the survival instinct, which promotes the selective interests of those on the news. You'd be playing right into ou... (I mean _their_) hands. Buuu-wa-ha-haaaaaaa!!

(Note: earnest)
2. When I read "Internet+", I thought you were proposing a secure-by-default replacement to the Internet. I.e., "New and Improved! Internet Plus!" So if that is not your message, I would avoid that term as being too ambiguous.

On another note -- is Part 1 of your book new? It sounds familiar, so if your audience is people who've never read you before, then it seems appropriate.

DarrellJanuary 15, 2018 1:35 PM

datasphere was my suggestion as well, from ecosphere being an all encompassing term. And catchier than internet+ :)

For the subtitle, I liked the suggestion of "A human's guide to..."

JoergJanuary 15, 2018 1:53 PM

I suggest "Infranet" ... because the heart of the problem is that once upon a time the Internet inter-connected parts of the old infrastructure whereas we now have the situation that the net becomes one of the major infrastructures itself. So switching it off is simply the same as switching off the water or roads - it would kill people to do so. Obviously it extends above the very wires that connect the world right into companies, machines, homes, etc. ... The word is also close enough to Internet to not disrupt language.

Then obviously the subtitle would be "From Internet to Infranet to really solve the network problem." ...

Tom StalzerJanuary 15, 2018 1:54 PM

"Or perhaps disarm the internet instead"

Ok, I'm borrowing from the cliche "Nuclear Disarmament" but given the damage that can be done, why not? And oh, yes, sooner or later someone will figure out how to use the internet to kill a bunch of people...

Andrew B CampbellJanuary 15, 2018 2:05 PM

Slight modification of an existing word for 2: Teknoosphere, from Noosphere.

George ColemanJanuary 15, 2018 2:23 PM

I think of the Internet+ as the BoT - Botnet of Things, but perhaps that is too cynical-sounding for you to use. I look forward to your new book though, as I have been following you for 20 years, and I truly appreciate your blog.

PGJanuary 15, 2018 3:19 PM


"Sense and Nonsense on a Hyperconnected Planet"
"The Risks and Rewards of a Hyperconnected Planet"
"A Wake-Up Call for a Techno-Entranced Planet"
"Down and (Logged) Out on Planet Earth"

Or how about changing the main title to:

"Click Here to Rule the World" (a little less violent sounding)


Internet 3.0?
Internet2 (squared)?

WJJanuary 15, 2018 3:41 PM

1. CH2KE: Our Route to Safety on a Hyperconnected Planet
2. Digital Sea
Digital Corpus
Corpus Digital
Networked World
Sum Digital World

John DJanuary 15, 2018 4:22 PM

You want your subtitle aimed directly at your audience. Since you want ‘everyone’ to read it, go lowest common denominator and appeal to their selfish interests. You also should keep it simple - no room for three-dollar words here, or computer jargon.

“Click Here to Kill Everyone: Protecting yourself when everything is connected to the internet”

The book then needs to offer practical advice on what to do, of course. That can be everything from writing to irresponsible manufacturers why you are avoiding their brand of IoT products, to contacting your representatives, to disabling UPnP in your firewalls.

Roy LipscombJanuary 15, 2018 4:29 PM

Internet+ -->

Externet (pormanteau of "external net" and "extra net")

Subtitle: "Immunizing the _______ " (insert one of the above)

Derek January 15, 2018 5:13 PM

The first post I saw was someone calling it the "Omninet". It's perfect.

The Omninet is an all inclusive digitally networked being. No other answer (and there were a damn lot of them to read) fits the bill.

As for the subtitle... I will quote myself from the Journal of Physical Security where you are also quoted in their security maxims.

"Security is an illusion" or even briefer... "Secuirty Isn't".

Yes, I am a bit cynical. I believe security is achieved when the cost of obtaining something is higher than the value of the object itself.

Gil PressJanuary 15, 2018 7:52 PM

Subtitle: "How to counter catastrophic cybersecurity risks"

Whatever you end up with, it must include the word "cybersecurity"

Ronald HinchleyJanuary 15, 2018 7:58 PM

I like distention or abuttals, as a synonym for extension and touching boundaries respectively, that are rarely used and could be repurposed. Introduced gradually with distension services, various abuttles, unsafe abuttles.

LarryJanuary 15, 2018 9:11 PM

Based on many of the comments above, especially the comment by Christopher, and the line from CRYPTO-GRAM stating

It also needs to telegraph: "everyone needs to read this book."

We have

"Click Here to Kill Everybody: Read This to Survive"

And has Web++ been suggested ... Internet++ was suggested by Scott Raun and BobinVan, but shorter is better, no?

johndiiiJanuary 15, 2018 10:29 PM

Subtitle: “Essentials for Living in a Hyperconnected World” or perhaps “Surviving” in place of “Living”.

I like “grid” for Internet+ because it’s short, is not a made-up word, and conveys both its ubiquity and fundamental importance. It is an information grid in the same sense as the electrical grid, and has the added benefit of already being used in this sense.

Chuck MireJanuary 16, 2018 12:33 AM


Blowback Of Unintended Consequences Due To A Hyperconnected Planet


Total Digital Entanglement

William PruittJanuary 16, 2018 8:56 AM

A word for the Internet plus the things connected to it plus all the data and processing in the cloud: Omninet.

RichardJanuary 16, 2018 10:36 AM

Humble suggestion for your subtitle: Click Here to Kill Everybody: Risks of a Hyperconnected Planet

filobusJanuary 16, 2018 12:07 PM


The game you're already playing even if you aren't aware of
Muddy waters

The Big Sponge
Viral culture

sorry, nothing better than that..

ReidJanuary 16, 2018 12:13 PM

Internet+? Reduce rather than add. Just use Web; it already connotes connectivity.

Title? The Killing Web

For any additional meaning or feeling you want to convey, work with the jacket design. I always find modal windows without "cancel" options to be very threatening.

Click Here for ...
* Threats
* Exposure
* Risk

BillJanuary 16, 2018 3:45 PM

The Interpocalypse Survival Guide
The Joinening

Sumnet / Sigmanet (∑net)

Stephen WhiteJanuary 16, 2018 9:58 PM

Bruce, shorter is often better and "hyper" is overused and is in cliché mode. How about something like

Click Here to Kill: Peril and Promise on a Wired Planet

"Wired" here has the advantage of being simple, easily understood, and also of the double meaning of frenzied, manic, agitated, etc, as well as the tech meaning of being networked and connected.

I thought also of the word "Mesh" (...Promise in the Mesh), but that is a bit narrow and the Net isn't a mesh network.

Whatever it turns out to be, can you put me on the list for an advance copy?? lol :^) P.S Keep up the good work. You are appreciated out here in the clueless desert...

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