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Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your…

by Bruce Schneier

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  Baku-X | Jan 10, 2017 |
A fascinating account of the way in which corporations are invading our privacy for profit at the same time governments are doing so for poorly founded security concerns. Both groups tend to see privacy and prohibitions against unreasonable search, and seizure as outmoded and even dangerous values. Schneier's well researched book documents shocking and insidious assaults on privacy on almost every page. Reading these specific incidents gives the reader a much deeper understanding of the problem than the more vague and global perspective from the mainstream media, even after the specificity of the Snowden revelations. Also helpful are the concrete methods individuals can use to defend themselves, though these are constantly changing due to new technologies such as facial recognition. ( )
  bkinetic | Nov 30, 2016 |
Left off around mid-September 2016. Last chapter read was 13
  brian.kukowski | Sep 28, 2016 |
More of an introduction to the subject than anything else. ( )
  scrapironjaw | Feb 28, 2016 |
This book is an excellent summary of the current situation of big data and internet privacy and security concerns. It is meant for an educated adult audience, but probably would make sense to a sufficiently tech-savvy teen. The book does not provide any new information, if you keep up with these kinds of issues on your own, but it is the perfect way to introduce someone to the topic without sending them a pile of jargon-heavy links. People who are concerned about their personal privacy online, the risks of "cyber-warfare", and the goings-on of the NSA would all find this book interesting. Schneier has probably maintained a popular blog for so long because he is extremely good at condensing complex issues and remaining non-alarmist. If I have a complaint it's that it is sometimes repetitive, but it may not seem that way to someone new to these ideas. It is also worth noting that the last 1/3rd of the book is all footnotes and citations, so it's not actually as long as it looks. ( )
  collingsruth | Jul 31, 2015 |
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Whether you're someone who really cares about this stuff and wants to figure out how to talk to the people in your life about, or someone who is purely confused by it all and wants to know what it means, Data and Goliath is a beginning-to-end guide to life in the age of total information awareness.
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You are under surveillance right now.

Your cell phone provider tracks your location and knows who’s with you. Your online and in-store purchasing patterns are recorded, and reveal if you're unemployed, sick, or pregnant. Your e-mails and texts expose your intimate and casual friends. Google knows what you’re thinking because it saves your private searches. Facebook can determine your sexual orientation without you ever mentioning it.

The powers that surveil us do more than simply store this information. Corporations use surveillance to manipulate not only the news articles and advertisements we each see, but also the prices we’re offered. Governments use surveillance to discriminate, censor, chill free speech, and put people in danger worldwide. And both sides share this information with each other or, even worse, lose it to cybercriminals in huge data breaches.

Much of this is voluntary: we cooperate with corporate surveillance because it promises us convenience, and we submit to government surveillance because it promises us protection. The result is a mass surveillance society of our own making. But have we given up more than we’ve gained? In Data and Goliath, security expert Bruce Schneier offers another path, one that values both security and privacy. He shows us exactly what we can do to reform our government surveillance programs and shake up surveillance-based business models, while also providing tips for you to protect your privacy every day. You'll never look at your phone, your computer, your credit cards, or even your car in the same way again.

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