World Without Secrets: Business, Crime, and Privacy in the Age of Ubiquitous Computing / Edition 1

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"Richard Hunter has seen the future, and it's really scary. If you ever plan to do anything wrong, you need to read this book. If you suspect that someone will ever try to do anything wrong to you, you also need to read it. I believe that covers pretty much all of us." —Thomas H. Davenport, Director, Accenture Institute for Strategic Change, Distinguished Scholar, Babson College

"Like a laser, Hunter gets directly to the heart of the issues for business and society in computer security. He understands and delineates issues and nonissues of cybercrime and cyberwar and provides provocative thought on new social structures affecting current and future security issues. A strongly recommended read for anyone concerned about cybersecurity and the coming cyberwars." —Dr. Bill Hancock, CISSP, Vice President, Security and Chief Security Officer, Exodus, a cable and wireless company

To some it's a dream come true; to others it's the stuff of nightmares-a world of ubiquitous computing in which human beings are surrounded by smart, aware, always-on machines that monitor, record, and analyze most or all of what goes on around them. World Without Secrets takes you on a chilling tour of the near future and the hard realities of what's to come, from the home without secrets to the Network Army, from mentats to the exception economy.

Don't enter the future unprepared. Read World Without Secrets and learn how to protect your business from information crime, seize emerging opportunities, and survive and succeed in a new environment that is as dangerous as it is promising.

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Editorial Reviews

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"...the book is important — it contains fresh thinking, a rarity these days.... [Richard Hunter] is always provocative. He gathers impressions and conversations from a surprisingly broad array of sources. He assembles this material into something approaching a coherent whole.... [Richard Hunter's] [i]nsights...are well worth the price of admission to World Without Secrets." (New York Times, April 28, 2002)

World Without Secrets: Business, Crime and Privacy in the Age of Ubiquitous Computing by Richard Hunterdelivers a first-rate explanation of the impact of technology on the public, government, business and communities. Hunter, who is vice president and director of security research for GartnerG2, a division of the world's largest technology research firm, writes expertly and urgently about the panoply of internet-related problems each of these diverse groups will face in the years ahead. "There's way too much information-about everything-out there now, and it's going to get a lot worse," Hunter argues. Because technologies arrive at different times, their impacts are cumulative. We don't see the true effects of a technology's use until long after that technology has invaded our everyday world. Looking forward, Hunter describes a world in which loss of privacy, technological terrorism and the heist of artistic rights are a foregone conclusion. This is an important book which sheds thought-provoking light on the slippery slope we are descending when it comes to Internet technology. (BookPage, August 2002)

"...I would however definitely recommend this book as it certainly is an interesting, if not a little chilling, read..." (M2 Best Books, 5 September 2002)

" excellent introduction to contemporary attitudes towards and policies of surveillance..." (Free Pint, 31 October 2002)

"...written with a mixture of eloquence and frivolity that makes the book hard to put is carefully crafted from numerous interviews with create a well-rounded and multi-faced story..." (The Times Higher Educational Supplement, 15 November 2002)

Publishers Weekly
The warning bell about our rapidly disappearing privacy is sounded again albeit none too stridently in this study of new technologies and their impact. Hunter, a vice-president at Gartner's Research organization, a business technology consulting group, wants to sketch out how the omnipresence of computers affects every last centimeter of modern human existence. His first chapter, "Why Won't They Leave Me Alone?" is most to the point, asking, on the subject of Internet commerce, "Is the convenience of being known everywhere worth the risk of being known everywhere?" More worrisome than having a digital signature follow you everywhere online he uses the example of's ability to remember things you've bought or even just looked at is the ubiquity of surveillance in public and private spaces. One chapter addresses the tracking of cars, relating the story of a man who was fined $450 for driving his rental car over the speed limit. It wasn't the police that caught him it was a global positioning satellite system in the car. From there, Hunter assays such subjects as the Open Source debate (over making the source codes of commercial operating systems and applications available to the public) and Internet crime. While each of the chapters is useful by itself, Hunter's thesis gets progressively fainter as the book goes on. Very little is resolved by the end of this less-than-groundbreaking study, but it may still be interesting for those new to the subject. (May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471218166
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/19/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

RICHARD HUNTER is Vice President, Security Research, GartnerG2, the strategic business growth division of Gartner, Inc., the world's largest technology research firm. Hunter is internationally renowned for his expertise in technology and security, cybercrime, information management, and privacy. He was formerly Vice President and Director of Research for Applications Development at Gartner. Hunter earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard University with a concentration in music and is also a world-class harmonica virtuoso. He works in Gartner's headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut, and lives nearby.

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Table of Contents





Why Won't They Leave Me Alone?

Streets Without Secrets.

Homes Without Secrets.

Cars Without Secrets.

The N Party System: The Era of the Network Army.

Software Without Secrets.

The Rise of the Mentat.

Distracted Consumers, Mentats, and Timothy McVeigh.

In the Exception Economy, Be Exceptional.

Art Without Secrets.

Crime Without Secrets.

War Without Secrets.

Digital Pearl Harbor.

The Last Secrets.



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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2004

    Finally, a topic worth fearing!

    Yes, you read it right, it's worth fearing! If you depend on your job then you'll fear what this book has to show you. It's a good lesson in the risks of workplace privacy! Sure, it covers a lot more but I bought it to tell me what I already experienced. I was fired from my job for an email and I can say that this book is real. Just read it and know what they're least you'll be able to tell if they're firing you for something you actually did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2002

    Scary Good

    Wow! What a scary, creepy and thought-provoking book Mr. Hunter has written. Ever wonder what technology is capable of? - after reading this you probably wish you hadn't. Chapters are a great read on their own, I especially found chapter7 , 'the rise of the mentant.'

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