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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“Bruce Schneier’s amazing book is the best overview of privacy and security ever written.”—Clay Shirky

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 it.

The powers that surveil us do more than simply store this information. Corporations use surveillance to manipulate 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 breaches.

Much 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 is a mass surveillance society of our own making. But have we given up more than we’ve gained? In Data and Goliath, security expert Bruce Schneier offers another path, one that values both security and privacy. He brings his bestseller up-to-date with a new preface covering the latest developments, and then shows us exactly what we can do to reform government surveillance programs, shake up surveillance-based business models, and protect our individual privacy. You'll never look at your phone, your computer, your credit cards, or even your car in the same way again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393352177
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/08/2016
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 344,774
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Bruce Schneier is “one of the world’s foremost security experts” (Wired), a “security guru” (Economist), and the best-selling author of thirteen books. He is a Fellow and lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Access Now, and the Tor Project.

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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