The Tangled Web We Weave: Inside The Shadow System That Shapes the Internet

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Melville House, Oct 6, 2020 - Computers - 272 pages
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We all see what the internet does and increasingly don't like it, but do we know how and more importantly who makes it work that way? That's where the real power lays...

The internet was supposed to be a thing of revolutions. As that dream curdles, there is no shortage of villains to blame--from tech giants to Russian bot farms. But what if the problem is not an issue of bad actors ruining a good thing? What if the hazards of the internet are built into the system itself?

That's what journalist James Ball argues as he takes us to the root of the problem, from the very establishment of the internet's earliest protocols to the cables that wire it together. He shows us how the seemingly abstract and pervasive phenomenon is built on a very real set of materials and rules that are owned, financed, designed and regulated by very real people.

In this urgent and necessary book, Ball reveals that the internet is not a neutral force but a massive infrastructure that reflects the society that created it. And making it work for--and not against--us must be an endeavor of the people as well.
 

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User Review  - scottjpearson - LibraryThing

First, I must confess my biases. I develop software (browser- and mobile-based) for a living. I have committed my career to bettering the US healthcare system, both research and medical. I understand ... Read full review

The Tangled Web We Weave: Inside the Shadow System That Shapes the Internet

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Journalist Ball (Post-Truth: How Bullshit Conquered the World) examines “the architecture of the internet—who built it, who governs it, how it works, and who owns it” in this knowledgeable yet ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Architects
13
The Cable Guys
39
The Custodians
59
The Money Men
89
The Ad Men
115
The Cyber Warriors
143
The Rulemakers
171
The Resistance
195
Conclusion
219
A Note on Contributors
235
Further Reading
243
Index
257
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About the author (2020)

JAMES BALL is the Global Editor at The Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Previously special projects editor at The Guardian, James played a key role in the Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the NSA leaks by Edward Snowden. At WikiLeaks he was closely involved in Cablegate--the publication of 250,000 classified US embassy cables in 2010-- as well as working on two documentaries based on the Iraq War Logs.

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