Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion (Google eBook)

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Addison-Wesley Professional, Sep 25, 2012 - Computers - 384 pages
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Every day, billions of photographs, news stories, songs, X-rays, TV shows, phone calls, and emails are being scattered around the world as sequences of zeroes and ones: bits. We can’t escape this explosion of digital information and few of us want to—the benefits are too seductive. The technology has enabled unprecedented innovation, collaboration, entertainment, and democratic participation.

 

But the same engineering marvels are shattering centuries-old assumptions about privacy, identity, free expression, and personal control as more and more details of our lives are captured as digital data.

 

Can you control who sees all that personal information about you? Can email be truly confidential, when nothing seems to be private? Shouldn’t the Internet be censored the way radio and TV are? Is it really a federal crime to download music? When you use Google or Yahoo! to search for something, how do they decide which sites to show you? Do you still have free speech in the digital world? Do you have a voice in shaping government or corporate policies about any of this?

 

Blown to Bits offers provocative answers to these questions and tells intriguing real-life stories. This book is a wake-up call to the human consequences of the digital explosion.

 

 

  

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Review: Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion

User Review  - Brandon - Goodreads

Contains some very good content regarding privacy and the direction technological development will take us in the near future. However, the writing could have been better. Read full review

Review: Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion

User Review  - Brian Hoffman - Goodreads

This is a very interesting, sobering analysis of the opportunities, dangers, and pitfalls of digital society, as well as political roadblocks and complications. Lots of things you have probably never thought of before! Well worth reading as the 21st century progresses. Read full review

Contents

Digital Explosion
1
Naked in the Sunlight
19
Ghosts in the Machine
73
Needles in the Haystack
109
Secret Bits
161
Balance Toppled
195
You Cant Say That on the Internet
229
Bits in the Air
259
Conclusion
295
APPENDIX
301
Endnotes
317
Index
347
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Hal Abelson is Class of 1922 Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, and an IEEE Fellow. He has helped drive innovative educational technology initiatives such MIT OpenCourseWare, cofounded Creative Commons and Public Knowledge, and was founding director of the Free Software Foundation. Ken Ledeen, Chairman/CEO of Nevo Technologies, has served on the boards of numerous technology companies. Harry Lewis, former Dean of Harvard College, is Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science at Harvard. He is author of Excellence Without a Soul: Does Liberal Education Have a Future? Together, the authors teach Quantitative Reasoning 48, an innovative Harvard course on information for non-technical, non-mathematically oriented students.

 

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