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The Circle by Dave Eggers
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Writing Security by David Campbell
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The Epic Struggle of the Internet of Things by Bruce Sterling
"Feel ripped off for buying this… …not that it wasn't completely meritless, there are some clip-worthy sentences. But this is a long blog post, at best, not a "book" by any stretch."
The People's Platform by Astra Taylor
"A downer, but an essential read for the 21C, nevertheless.

Documentary filmmaker Taylor skewers the romanticism of utopian new net heralds. That the promise of an open, democratic internet has been subverted by corporate overlords, monopolistic ti..." Read more of this review »
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“The usual fiction – that the war would involve precision targeting and the careful avoidance of civilian deaths – was stated by Tony Blair at the beginning of the war. After similar bombing campaigns against Yugoslavia and Iraq, Blair was by now acting as virtual White House spokesperson, providing the pretence of an 'international coalition' in what was clearly a US war. This role was more important than Britain's military contribution, which in the early days of the bombing campaign was token and probably of no military value. The British army did later prove useful, however, when it was...”
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