Hacking the Future

Hacking the Future

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by Cole Stryker
     
 

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How does anonymity enable free speech - and how is it a threat? "I think anonymity on the Internet has to go away," famously said by Randi Zuckerberg (sister of Mark), has become the policy for some, while the Stop Online Piracy Act mobilized millions to write Congress in protest.

Identity Wars is a broad look at how anonymity influences politics,

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How does anonymity enable free speech - and how is it a threat? "I think anonymity on the Internet has to go away," famously said by Randi Zuckerberg (sister of Mark), has become the policy for some, while the Stop Online Piracy Act mobilized millions to write Congress in protest.

Identity Wars is a broad look at how anonymity influences politics, activism, religion, and art. Stryker presents a strong defense of anonymity and explores some of the tools and organizations relating to this issue, especially as it has evolved with the ubiquity of the Internet. Cogent and compelling, his examination of online identities, both false and real, is an essential read for the social-networking age.

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"A primer on why the Internet works the way it does today."

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'A recommended pick for computer and social issues holdings alike."

Kirkus Reviews
A multilayered and well-reasoned retort against all those who would seek to erase anonymity from the Web. Since hired assassins and child pornographers on the Internet hide behind anonymity to prey on their victims and escape prosecution, anonymity should be scrapped and replaced with full "transparency"--that's the way the argument goes. Unfortunately, as media consultant Stryker (Epic Win for Anonymous: How 4chan's Army Conquered the Web, 2012) so effectively argues in this stirring call to action, a lot of other types of people also rely on anonymity for their continued existence. Coldblooded killers and creepy pedophiles may exploit the Internet's openness, but so do patriots, reformers, human rights advocates and soccer moms. The author explores the rich history of anonymity in politics, literature and culture, while also debunking the notion that only troublemakers fear revealing their identities to the world. In relatively few pages, the author is able to get at the heart of identity itself, and why the name on your driver's license isn't sufficiently revelatory. The Web has become a battleground, and depending on who wins, the Internet could soon bear little resemblance to what we know now. Stryker also introduces the uninitiated into the "Deep Web," alternative currencies and even the nascent stages of a kind of parallel Web that exists beyond the power of governments to switch it off. Beyond even that is the fundamental question of whether or not absolute anonymity is even possible given the nature of the technology. One of the most well-informed examinations of the Internet available today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781468305456
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
09/13/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,126,844
File size:
0 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Cole Stryker is a freelance writer and media consultant based in New York City. He is the author of Epic Win for Anonymous, the first book to tell the story of the genesis of the Internet-based protest groups and creative memes currently changing our world. Stryker has been interviewed about his writing by The New York Times, Reuters, New York Observer, Salon, and The Rumpus.

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