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[liberationtech] [SPAM:###] NEW BOOK: Schneier's "Data and Goliath"

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Fri Feb 27 07:10:27 PST 2015

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

by Bruce Schneier

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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