I received this book on Netgalley in exchange for a review.
Most people have heard of cybercrime and the darknet (usually in movies) but majority of peI received this book on Netgalley in exchange for a review.
Most people have heard of cybercrime and the darknet (usually in movies) but majority of people don’t actually understand what those terms mean. This book is written for those who want to learn more about the reality of online security and privacy.
The book is divided into two parts: Cybercrime and The Darknet. It’s quite well organized and written simply enough so that people who aren’t good with tech can understand it, but not so simply as to seem condescending. The book is quite short but covers a lot of ground. It touches on many topics (cyberbullying, copyright issues, hacktivism, bitcoin, terrorism and many more) and talks about many big issues and events (like Gamergate and Wikileaks).
I like that the book doesn’t only focus on the negative things but also serves as a reminder that some ‘scary’ parts of the internet can be used for good things and that sometimes the line between good and evil isn’t as clear as we would like it to be. If you want to learn more about the depths of the internet, this book is for you....more
I received this book on Netgalley in exchange for a review.
This book is a very philosophical take on the problem of privacy during the Internet age. II received this book on Netgalley in exchange for a review.
This book is a very philosophical take on the problem of privacy during the Internet age. It gets a bit too philosophical at times, to the point where I was wondering if maybe I’m not quite qualified enough to understand it.
The book is full of predictions about the future of technology and how all the data that big tech companies have about their users is going to impact the lives of said users. There are plenty of examples like Google, Facebook and Snapchat that have users worldwide, which makes their impact huge. But the book was originally published in Germany, so the author uses quite a few German examples and sometimes seems too focused on Germany.
I agree with the author that people should be better educated on what actually happens with all the information they put online. The things you write and the pictures you post can affect your life in ways you never expected. The problem is, you can’t always predict exactly what can be used against you. Sometimes I felt like the author’s predictions bordered on paranoid, but then I would read a quote like this and be like ‘Ok, maybe he’s right’:
This became clearer most recently when Google’s former CEO Eric Schmidt publicly declared in 2009, “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place,” and threatened in 2010, “We know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less know what you’re thinking about.”
The idea that you should never do anything you don’t want other people to know about is ridiculous – but this book is a good warning about the dangers of oversharing. After all, if nobody knows about it, it can’t be used against you....more
I got this book on Netgalley in exchange for a review.
This biographical graphic novel is one of my favorite reads ever. It describes the life of AlanI got this book on Netgalley in exchange for a review.
This biographical graphic novel is one of my favorite reads ever. It describes the life of Alan Turing, the father of computer science. I can’t tell exactly how accurate this is, but it’s fascinating and heartbreaking to read.
The story is told from a few different points of view. It can be a bit confusing because it mixes Alan Turing’s POV with POVs of people who knew him. I wanted the story to go into more detail about what exactly Turing did during WW2, but that would have probably taken too much space and also wouldn’t have been very easy to explain. I felt that the writers weren’t sure exactly how to deal with Turing’s sexuality; it’s obviously an important part of his life so it had to be in the story, but it shouldn’t come across as the most important so there aren’t too many details.
I think the drawing style fits the story, meaning it’s not very cheerful and colorful. I liked the way Turing’s ideas and thoughts were drawn – it’s not easy to show those in a graphic novel in such an interesting way....more
Very informative and very well researched book about politics and the internet. It discuses the free and open internet that we are so used to and asksVery informative and very well researched book about politics and the internet. It discuses the free and open internet that we are so used to and asks if it’s actually going to stay that way.
Internet is a huge part of our lives and it’s easy to take it for granted. There are so many battles fought over the internet that many internet users aren’t aware of. This book forces you to think about everything that happens ‘behind the scenes’: who makes the decisions and why? How do those decisions affect regular users? Who has more control: governments or tech companies? The author talks about privacy, net neutrality, piracy and other issues. There are plenty of examples too. Still, maybe it’s my wishful thinking but I don’t believe the internet will lose all freedom.
The book is focused on issues in United States and Europe, so now I would like to learn more about similar issues in the rest of the world. I recommend this book to anybody who’s interested in the future of the internet....more
Kevin Mitnick is a fascinating person. I’ve been interested in his life ever since I read his amazing book The Art of Intrusion a few years ago. And nKevin Mitnick is a fascinating person. I’ve been interested in his life ever since I read his amazing book The Art of Intrusion a few years ago. And now I’ve finally gotten around to reading his autobiography. I can’t even explain to myself why it took me years to start reading it.
First, the bad stuff: there’s way too much tehnical detail about old telephone systems, sometimes it feels like he keeps doing the same thing over and over again, so the book gets a bit monotone at times. If you have a thing for old phones and you want to know more about how you could have hacked them back in the eighties, this book is for you! But my interest is in computers so I wanted to read more about computer hacking.
Other than that, the book is amazing. Kevin Mitnick’s life isn’t ordinary in any way – the guy goes to great lengths just to keep things interesting, even if it means he could end up in prison which, eventually, he does. But not before breaking into every system he could, manipulating so many people into doing so many things to help him, being on the run for three years and just generally behaving in ways that I, as a nice and normal person, shouldn’t support, but for some reason I do. He seems to think of himself as quite innocent and people who were trying to catch him as very bad (they were just doing their jobs, Kevin) but I’m rooting for him either way. It helps that after prison he turned his life around and now hacks into systems only when he’s paid to do so.
The foreword is written by Steve Wozniak whose book iWoz I read last year. I was reminded of that book when reading this one, simply because both authors seem way too happy with themselves – sometimes you want them to screw up just so they will stop being so arrogant. Still, I can’t help but admire their knowledge and abilities. Kevin also debunks some of the ridiculous rumors that are part of “The Myth of Kevin Mitnick” – it’s funny how people were so scared of computers, they were willing to believe anything they were told....more