Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion (Google eBook)
Addison-Wesley Professional, Sep 25, 2012 - Computers - 384 pages
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 ExplosionUser Review - Aubrey - Goodreads
This was a well written book with interesting information that filled up way too many pages. The authors wrote in a language that many people would understand, which I appreciate. However, the topics ... Read full review
Review: Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital ExplosionUser 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
Chapter 6Balance Toppled
Chapter 7You Cant Say That on the Internet
Chapter 8Bits in the Air
AppendixThe Internet as System and Spirit
Chapter 5Secret Bits
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Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion
Hal Abelson,Ken Ledeen,Harry Lewis
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