Data and Goliath

Data and Goliath

The Hidden Battles to Collect your Data and Control your World

Book - 2015
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Data is everywhere. We create it every time we go online, turn our phone on (or off) or pay with a credit card. This data is stored, studied, bought and sold by companies and governments for surveillance and for control. "Foremost security expert" (Wired) Bruce Schneier shows how this data has led to a double-edged Internet--a Web that gives power to the people but is abused by the institutions on which those people depend. In Data and Goliath, Schneier reveals the full extent of surveillance, censorship and propaganda in society today, examining the risks of cybercrime, cyberterrorism and cyberwar. He shares technological, legal and social solutions that can help shape a more equal, private and secure world.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : W.W. Norton & Company, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780393244816
0393244814
Characteristics: pages cm

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ucprod
Jul 06, 2016

Data and Goliath is fascinating (and startling) book about computer security. If you believe that "it can't happen to you" please read this title.

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StarGladiator
Mar 13, 2015

LOVEINT: Between 2011 to 2012, according to an NSA self-audit, NSA employees illegally spied on 2,776 persons they knew and were curious about! Nobody went to jail for this, and that self-audit, with zero oversight, was probably a very, very low number as opposed to the number of actual spying! Read pp. 139 - - 140, where Schneier destroys the argument as to mass surveillance being necessary to prevent terrorist attacks! This is one very scary book. Read this and Robert Scheer's book, They Know Everything About You, to fully grasp that they know everything about you, which means they can fabricate anything about you they wish to, for any reason. See the comment on LOVEINT again! Schneier does a great job of explaining how they can correlate data from large data sets to identify people - - which again begs the question: So why didn't they prevent the Boston Marathon bombing? So why didn't they prevent the Underwear Bomber? Something is rotten in Big Brother Land???

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RickLeir
Apr 08, 2016

Schneier was the leading security guru. Now he is also interested in public policy on Big Data. This book discusses the magnitude of the privacy problem, and how we can influence government policy makers. It also tells you what you can do to protect your privacy, while you wait for policy changes.

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