- Copertina rigida: 383 pagine
- Editore: W W Norton & Co Inc (18 aprile 2015)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 0393244814
- ISBN-13: 978-0393244816
- Peso di spedizione: 658 g
- Media recensioni: 5.0 su 5 stelle Visualizza tutte le recensioni (2 recensioni clienti)
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 25.605 in Libri in altre lingue (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Libri in altre lingue)
Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World (Inglese) Copertina rigida – 18 apr 2015
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"The public conversation about surveillance in the digital age would be a good deal more intelligent if we all read Bruce Schneier first." -- Malcolm Gladwell "Bruce Schneier has written a hugely insightful and important book about how big data and its cousin, mass surveillance, affect our lives, and what to do about it. In characteristic fashion, Schneier takes very complex and varied information and ideas and makes them vivid, accessible, and compelling." -- Jack Goldsmith, former head of the Office of Legal Counsel of the Department of Justice under George W. Bush "Schneier did not need the Snowden revelations, as important as they are, to understand the growing threat to personal privacy worldwide from government and corporate surveillance-he's been raising the alarm for nearly two decades. But this important book does more than detail the threat; it tells the average low-tech citizen what steps he or she can take to limit surveillance, and thus fight those are seeking to strip privacy from all of us." -- Seymour M. Hersh, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist "A pithy, pointed, and highly readable explanation of what we know in the wake of the Snowden revelations, with practical steps that ordinary people can take if they want to do something about the threats to privacy and liberty posed not only by the government but by the Big Data industry." -- Neal Stephenson, author of Reamde "Schneier exposes the many and surprising ways governments and corporations monitor all of us, providing a must-read Users Guide to life in the Data Age. His recommendations for change should be part of a much needed public debate." -- Richard A. Clarke, former chief counter-terrorism adviser on the National Security Council under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and author of Cyber War "As it becomes increasingly clear that surveillance has surpassed anything that Orwell imagined, we need a guide to how and why we're being snooped and what we can do about it. Bruce Schneier is that guide-step by step he outlines the various ways we are being monitored, and after scaring the pants off us, he tells us how to fight back." -- Steven Levy, editor-in-chief of Backchannel and author of Crypto and Hackers "A judicious and incisive analysis of one of the most pressing new issues of our time, written by a true expert." --Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of The Better Angels of Our Nature
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You are under surveillance right now.
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 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.
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The book is divided into three parts. The first one describes our world, where every appliance is a computer, everyone is connected, there’s an app for everything - all resulting in enormous amounts of data, pumped each second through the internet. New business models emerged, monetizing user data (e.g. via targeted ads) in exchange for free services. We have traded privacy for convenience. All that information being gathered - unprecedented in history - prompted some governments to deploy mass surveillance programs, theoretically in order to detect terrorist activity. Although Snowden’s whistleblowing relates mainly to NSA and UK’s GCHQ, there are strong clues suggesting that other world powers do the same.
In second part, the author writes about negative effects of mass surveillance - notably the stifling of free speech - and what risks come from the abuse of power from secret agencies. Moreover, it is shown how data mining techniques are ineffective at finding terrorists, on the other hand being helpful in intimidating and controlling whole societies. Author focuses on privacy as an inherent human right, nowadays threatened by the fact that human interactions are losing their historically ephemeral nature; internet forgets nothing.
As Bruce Schneier is deeply convinced that all those changes are mostly harmful - to personal freedoms, transparency of government and police work, democratic procedures, justice etc. - the book, in its last part, concludes with author’s proposals on how to avoid more damage. Privacy and security can coexist; mass surveillance should be replaced with targeted one, allowed by warrant, along police procedures - not espionage (secret) ones. Companies should not yield to NSA claims to insert backdoors - so no bad guys can exploit them. Whichever company collects user data, should do so with transparent rules on how it is used. It is not yet too late to save privacy from waning - if only societies could see through free services and govt-instilled fear of terror, what is really at stake.
Some derogate this title for being biased against US federal agents, sworn to protect the country from terrorist threats and doing whatever it takes to get the job done. I would like to point out that the author does not negate the patriotic intentions of federal personnel; his criticism pertains to how whole agencies are organised (amassed power with little oversight) and how their recently-acquired mass-surveillance tools are not cut out for the job of finding terrorists. Those points are backed by numerous cited facts. On the other hand, it is not hidden that this whole book is an expression of Bruce Schneier’s beliefs; if he writes that privacy “is something we ought to have (...) because it is moral” - he does not have to elaborate too much on why he thinks that, does he? So, yes, the book might be called “biased” - as it supports the notion that some sacrifices, in the name of security, just can not be made. Personal freedoms are the foundation of western societies and must not be given away. I fully agree with Bruce - and suspect that a majority of US and EU inhabitants would too, have they pondered on what actually happened in the surveillance field in last two decades. This book really helps you in realising that.
All in all, I seriously doubt that anyone could write such a convincing and well substantiated book which would oppose “Data and Goliath” message - but, perversely, I would love to see one ;) A must read. For literally each of us.
But the author does more than just alert the reader to the dangers to our privacy and freedom but makes practical suggestions about positive actions we can take to address the issues he raises. In particular, we need to own our data, especially our own medical data. I highly recommend this book to anyone concerned about their privacy and freedom and that of their families.
In an organized manner, Schneier (2015) explained how the rapid advancement of technology in cell phones, GPS, Internet, and computers are creating a world in which the collection of valuable personal information has become pervasive and marketed to the nascent data broker industry. In the cell phone industry, mobile phone providers implicitly know your location due to cell coverage data as well as detailed cell phone data consisting of text messages, emails, webpages visited, and phone calls. Schneier (2015) asserted that collection of the said personal information was brokered or sold without user consent or knowledge. Global Positioning System (GPS) represents a more accurate location system that is built into smartphones. Typical smartphone applications like Google Maps, Uber, and Yelp use GPS location data to deliver service, while other non-related applications, like Angry Birds, collect and sell user location data. On the other hand, he stressed that decreased cost in computing technologies from the desktop to embedded sensor technologies connected to the internet is producing mass amounts of vulnerable personal data, maintained by the Internet service providers (ISPs), which are at the risk of being sold or compromised. Collectively, Schneier (2015) resolutely declared these technologies are producing sizable amounts of personal data and facilitating for mass surveillance opportunities by US governments and corporations.
Schneier (2015) passionately and effectively pleaded that mass surveillance was dangerous. With robust political, legal and technical support, US National Security Agency (NSA) implements a variety of eavesdropping programs that dominate the world in network surveillance with a lofty goal to: “collect it all”, “know it all,” and “exploit it all” (Schneier, 2015, p. 50). Government surveillance by NSA for tracking and identifying people utilize different methods in cell phone location data, cell records, and internet enabled communications. Additionally, corporations collect a rich set of personal data replete with data mining opportunities as a means for advertising advantages in a Big Data paradigm. As such, Schneier (2015) vehemently believed that corporate surveillance and government surveillance were intertwined in a public-private surveillance partnership, though not formally. In summary, Schneier (2015) rightfully rationalized the dangers of mass surveillance and implored with a high sense of urgency to fix the problem of outdated technological regulations established to protect each of us.
Overall, Schneier (2015) presented a compelling and methodical argument against the technological rise of ubiquitous mass surveillance by the US government and corporations. Adequately supported with concrete and unbiased evidence, thanks to Edward Snowden, he revealed a small portion of a larger paradigm in the pervasive nature of personal data collection by NSA. Equally prevalent in corporate data collection, he cautiously emphasized the demise and loss of privacy through a public-private partnership. Under such circumstances, he appropriately and effortlessly made aware, while earnestly appealing, to leadership and citizens in a call for action through a series of strong recommendations in government and corporate policy changes. More importantly, he successfully communicated and emboldened each individual to take personal actions technically and politically. Schneier’s (2015) book is a recommended wakeup call for everyone to preserve and restore the value on their diminishing privacy.