Crypto: How the Code Rebels Beat the Government--Saving Privacy in the Digital Age (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jan 8, 2001 - Computers - 368 pages
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If you've ever made a secure purchase with your credit card over the Internet, then you have seen cryptography, or "crypto", in action. From Stephen Levy—the author who made "hackers" a household word—comes this account of a revolution that is already affecting every citizen in the twenty-first century. Crypto tells the inside story of how a group of "crypto rebels"—nerds and visionaries turned freedom fighters—teamed up with corporate interests to beat Big Brother and ensure our privacy on the Internet. Levy's history of one of the most controversial and important topics of the digital age reads like the best futuristic fiction.
  

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Review: Crypto: How the Code Rebels Beat the Government--Saving Privacy in the Digital Age

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This book is a super interesting history of modern cryptography, starting in the 50's and 60's, where crypto was almost entirely controlled by the government, and leading up to the world today, where ... Read full review

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This is nonfiction, but it's an interesting enough story you can read it like a thriller. A few places drag. It's a good background for understanding cryptography. Read full review

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Contents

contents
acknowledgments
preface
the loner
the standard
public key
prime time
selling crypto
crypto anarchy
the clipper chip
slouching toward crypto
the open secret
notes
bibliography
glossary
index

patents and keys

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About the author (2001)

Steven Levy is the author of Hackers, which has been in print for more than fifteen years, as well as Insanely Great: The Life & Times of Macintosh, the Computer That Changed Everything. He is also Newsweek's chief technology writer and has been a contributing writer to Wired since its inception. He lives in New York City with his wife and son.

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