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Data and Goliath

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 breachesMuch 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. I love the topic I love the details provided in this book But to tell a story you need than a great topic and a bunch of facts One needs a narrative and an attitude to tie the pieces together This book lacked the story telling je ne sais uoi literal I don t know what but figuratively elusive uality though he does have the attitudeI don t think there is any current topic where I could be interested in than along the lines of the merging of the data that is out there with computers and algorithms and I would consider Edward Snowden a hero because what we have learned from him and the potential to do harm as well as good with the merging of big data with computers and the power of using context and content that both government and corporations and even private citizens can use against us or for us as a potential threat to our liberty or a boon to our euality Complete liberty means no euality and complete euality means no liberty There is a balance and books like this can offer a guideline but it needs the story to tie the pieces together with a narrative of some kindI ll give an example of a book that I just recently read Rise of the Machines by Thomas Rid He covers many of the same topics that were covered in this book especially on the part of encryption and PGP pretty good privacy At the same time that book always had a theme woven into the story as a whole in which he was tying all the pieces together and even summarized them in the final chapter for the dense reader like me This book Data and Goliath doesn t interweave them coherently and therefore made what should have been an incredibly exciting story for me into a dull story with a lot of factsMy problem with this book is not that it didn t give the listener plenty of details but it didn t give the listener an easy story to tell so one can for example share with colleagues over the water cooler while at work The values we use to explain the world through science would include simplicity accuracy prediction fitting in to the web of knowledge and lastly the ability to explain In order to explain one needs a story to put the pieces together this book doesn t offer that Galileo had a story to tell as well as plenty of details Read Dialogs Concerning Two Chief World Systems egI m in the minority on this book It gave me details which I loved but it lacked a over arcing narrative that I could wrap my mind around Good fiction needs a story to hook the listener and non fiction needs that narrative even as to not bore I like all genres of non fiction except for the boring kind

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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 itThe powers that surveil us do than simply store this information Corporations use surveillance to manipulate. If you ve never heard of Ghostery or Disconnect go ahead and look them up Try out their web browser extensions you can always easily uninstall them What you ll notice is that you re being tracked by many companies some of which you ve heard of but many of them will be unfamiliar There aren t just a few companies tracking you but well over a thousand And it s not just companies that are tracking you but governments as well this should already be obvious What s great about this book is that it doesn t go into much technical detail which is great for nontechies it just gives you an overview of what s happening to your data as you browse around online and offers some suggestions on online privacy

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Is a mass surveillance society of our own making But have we given up 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. There is nothing that has made me frightened of the prospect of Donald Trump as US President than reading this book This is not because the book mentions Trump it is a safe Trump less read but because the detailed image Schneier draws of the NSA and its frenemies Google Apple and other tech companies not to mention low profile security start ups offers a truly terrifying secret police state able not only to know what we are thinking but also to shape it Schneier s moderate chatty factual tone counteracts the dystopian future content but of course this simply reinforces the dawning realisation that we are at the dawn of technologystatecorporate alliances that could fundamentally change how democracy and society workThe spine of the book is Schneier drawing on various sources he heavily uses Snowden s leaked info but also records from various court cases journalistic investigations and his own work all meticulously footnoted for easy self research to explain how data is collected stored traded and used by governments and corporations The strength of the book though the thing that will make it worth reading long after this info is out of date is Schneier s clear understanding of why this occurs how mass surveillance is about social control whether that is exerted to stop us protesting or taking drugs or to sell us things we don t need Schneier carefully demolishes the myth that surveillance fights terrorism devastatingly he asserts with footnotes that not a single terrorist attack has been prevented through mass surveillance techniues all pre emptive arrests have been the result of old fashioned targeted investigation techniues This makes sense he points out mass surveillance creates a huge amount of signal noise in the context of very rare very secretive crime If you are looking for a needle in a haystack the last thing you want to do is pile on a lot hayBut mass surveillance works very well for social control And yes there is the standard panopticon reference here But Schneier points out that knowing that everywhere we go we are captured on camera that if Trump became president and wanted a list of every person who attended a migrant rights rally last year and their personal details and hell breakfast cereal preferences this would be a trivial reuest for the NSA this changes the way we start to behave In this context Schneier even talks about the importance of law breaking in changing stupid laws with reference to LGBTI rights marijuana legalisation etc Even if we could assume that surveillance was only used to enforce perfect compliance with the law this would stunt our growth as a society our capacity to adjust and developBut even scarier is the trade and exploitation of personal data to interested stakeholders So if you make baby formula and you want a list of potential customers you would pay handsomely for a list of low income working pregnant women who lack any maternity leave for example a key target market Or maybe a list of gullible seniors for legal scam artists This exists and someone was actually prosecuted for selling it based on browser data obtained legally Or maybe you want to sell your 16 airbag bulletproof six figure car to people who lost loved ones in car accidents Schneier s scariest content for me was the swirl of data between commercial exploiters and the government on the one hand the NSA could be assumed to have free rein access to Google and Apple metadata pretty much everything moving through smart phones from GPS to email to your candy crush habit and on the other governments sell data to raise cash Incredibly the British NHS is contemplating the sale of Brit s medical data providing a rich resource for all those wanting to identify the sick and vulnerable to sell them thingsOf course it is at the point that the pull is joined by a push that we need to be aware of the power of Google et al What would happen asks Schneier if Google suddenly decided only to show enrol to vote ads to Democrat voters Statistically that may be enough to swing an election Or as one real estate search service did do show property ads only for neighborhoods of predominately the same race as the searcher Or show firearms ads to suicidal people of a particular political ethnic or cultural group Or display reproductive services ads only to women from certain demographicsBecause I read neurosciencey stuff as well one of the synergies which most hit me here was research that shows how influenced we are by the seuencing of information So women who are reminded that men score better than women on math tests will do worse in the test than those who weren t Police who have just heard about a black man shooting a cop are likely to shoot unarmed black men What we see online when we see it and what follows on from that changes the way we react to situations around us The power inherent in our mobile phones our search engines and our government databases is immenseThe uestion is how do we define what we want to do with this technology The kind of people we want to beAnd finally do we really want a world where our lives are totally transparent to those with power but the workings of that power the warrants the algorithms the extent of the surveillance are as obscure as blackout curtains Whose world is this anyway

  • Hardcover
  • 398
  • Data and Goliath
  • Bruce Schneier
  • English
  • 02 August 2019
  • 9780393244816

About the Author: Bruce Schneier

Bruce Schneier is one of the world's foremost security experts Wired and the best selling author of thirteen books He speaks and writes regularly for major media venues and his newsletter and blog reach than 250000 people worldwide He is a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School and the CTO of Resilient Systems Inc



10 thoughts on “Data and Goliath

  1. says:

    Birthday present for myself Bought it at Santa Cruz Bookstore and the cashier scolded me for taking the magnetic anti theft tracker out of the book before buying it Savor the ironyUpdate Finished the book on 313I read this at the same time I

  2. says:

    Big Data helps in the indirect way of realizing dystopiasPlease note that I put the original German text at the

  3. says:

    If you've never heard of Ghostery or Disconnect go ahead and look them up Try out their web browser extensions you can always easily uninstall them What you'll notice is that you're being tracked by many companies some of which you've heard of but many of them will be unfamiliar There aren't just a few companies tracking you but well over a thousand And it's not just companies that are tracking you but governments as well this should alread

  4. says:

    I love the topic I love the details provided in this book But to tell a story you need than a great topic and a bunch of facts One needs a narrative and an attitude to tie the pieces together This book lacked the story telling 'je ne sais uoi literal I don't know what but figuratively elusive uality though he

  5. says:

    Reading this book was deeply unsettling After Edward Snowden perhaps none of us is naive about how easily information about any of us can be found but the author whom the dust jacket bills as one of the world's foremost security experts takes the reader into the belly of the beast as it were After the first chapter I was reeling I work wit

  6. says:

    Solid intro to the mythsrealities of privacysecurity in the Age of Information Technology for the general public

  7. says:

    There is nothing that has made me frightened of the prospect of Donald Trump as US President than reading this book This is not because the book mentions Trump it is a safe Trump less read but because the detailed image Schneier draw

  8. says:

    While reading this I think of Wile E Coyote in a shed on railroad tracks wanting to close the door in the face of an oncoming train that will shortly flatten him When I read books like this about how intrusive the surveil

  9. says:

    Data and Goliath is an eye opening read I mean I understand how I'm under constant surveillance due to things like my smartphone or cookies or Facebook and I understand that the government gets access to a lot of this information via the Snowden leaks but I guess I never fully connected all the dots enough in a single unified understanding of

  10. says:

    Bruce Schneier covers all the bases weaving together countless news stories and recent revelations to give us the

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