Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World

Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World

by Bruce Schneier


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A shocking look at the ways corporations and governments track and control us, and the ways we can fight back.Data is everywhere. We create it every time we go online, turn our phone on (or off!), or pay with a credit card. This data is stored, studied, and bought and sold by corporations and governments for surveillance and for control. “Foremost security expert” (Wired) and best-selling author Bruce Schneier shows how this data has led to a double-edged Internet—a Web that gives power to the people but is abused by the institutions on which those people depend.In Data and Goliath, Schneier reveals the full extent of surveillance, censorship, and propaganda in society today, examining the risks of cybercrime, cyberterrorism, and cyberwar. He shares technological, legal, and social solutions that can help shape a more equal, private, and secure world. This is a book everyone with an Internet connection—or bank account, or smart device, or car, for that matter—needs to read.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393244816
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/02/2015
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 383,020
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Bruce Schneier is a security technologist and best-selling author. He is a Fellow at Harvard University and the
CTO of Co3 Systems, serves on the board of directors for the Electronic
Frontier Foundation, and is a frequent commentator on these issues.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 The World We're Creating

1 Data as a By-product of Computing 15

2 Data as Surveillance 23

3 Analyzing Our Data 39

4 The Business of Surveillance 54

5 Government Surveillance and Control 73

6 Consolidation of Institutional Control 92

Part 2 What's at Stake

7 Political Liberty and Justice 107

8 Commercial Fairness and Equality 127

9 Business Competitiveness 140

10 Privacy 147

11 Security 158

Part 3 What to Do About It

12 Principles 181

13 Solutions for Government 195

14 Solutions for Corporations 223

15 Solutions for the Rest of Us 250

16 Social Norms and the Big Data Trade-off 265

Acknowledgments 281

Notes 285

Index 407

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm very happy I can get a chance to read them