Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet
Now, in what is sure to be a wave-making new book, Assange brings together a small gro ...more
Plagiarism has been the flashpoint on GR this weekend. I thought about the controversy when copyright law is called into question throughout Cypherpunks. Sharing and privacy not only maintain autonomy, so the book goes, but each further civilization. It is difficult to argue with that. That said, this discussion was all a bit "meh" ...more
-Missing for 1 month
-his organization being infiltrated?
-he said" if I disappear I am going to release this key data..."
-Assange’s internet access being tampered with...
Is Wikileaks founder Julian Assange missing? No “proof of life,” fans say
EMERGENCY: JULIAN ASSANGE MISSING, POSSIBLY DEAD
Assange a modern day Founding Father
Those were notes of Nov 26, 2016.
I must add he's been arrested las ...more
Whether o ...more
But this book's good. Here are some quotes that jumped out at me:
Within a few years, global civilization will be a postmodern surveillance dystopia, from which escape for all but the most skilled individuals will be impossible. In fact, we may already be there.
It is important to understand ...more
shall we be content to obey them,
or shall we endeavor to amend them,
and obey them until we have succeeded,
or shall we transgress them at once?
- Henry David Thoreau
I am writing this as I have the documentary 'The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz' running in my next tab. Because it kind of gives me the feel, the kick to write a review of this book and related books and also share what I feel about issues like these what Assange, Appelbaum, Jeremie and Andy were ...more
The discusions here are good for business men, for tech fans, and for human rights activists. Well, everybody should know at least a bit of what it contains: a very healthy discussion about modern technology, and what using it truly means to our rights, our privacy and our freedom most of all.
What to do if you like technology, but you also like your freedom of thought, and of speech? What can be done to stay in a world like ours, and not ...more
I've been reading the related developments in t ...more
What I do recommend is that you read this article: http://www.lrb.co.uk/v36/n05/andrew-o... about Assange, before or after you read this one. Written by the ghostwriter of what was supposed to be the authorized biography of Assange. Take your time, it's a long r ...more
The message of this book is not that we are all constantly spied on by all state organizations. This is obvious and proven thanks to the Snowden revelations, we wouldn't need a book for this (even if this book has been published before those revelations, some of them were already known to people watching the leaks on Wikileaks).
This book is a conversation between four knowledgeable people about the implications of this. The book is useful for learning how to think about "state surveillance" usin...more
As others have pointed out, the book has an interview-like conversational style with 4 different authors talking back and forth (It's not really just Julian Assange). I kind of liked the spontaneous style. A lot o ...more
Regardless of which one it is, this book wont disappoint in exploring that which it promises: freedom, censorship, law, injustice, privacy, and much much more. Cypherpunks are the true advocates of privacy through encryption and the author invests a lot of time in discussions about why privacy is importa ...more
The first and last paragraph of this book are awesome. Since Edward Snowden delated the mass surveillance of NSA, even the more skeptic people started to believe that there's no conspiracy theory, that they are real and occur a decades indeed.
After several hiatus in this last years, I finally finished this book.
I just wish I could be one of those clever rats running around the opera house...at least my sign is ra ...more
Wikileaks, Bradley Manning, trodden paths, no more VISA money.
The relay we all know.
But this 'round table' is actually worth the read, an easy quick one at that.
These guys actually know what they are talking about, and especially following the footnotes provides a clear insight.
Cyberpunks do not call revolution, they call conservation. And sense. ...more
Which side do you choose? And will you be proud of that choice in 20 years time?
One of the discussion explains it best:
"The Four Horsemen of the Info-pocalypse: child pornography, terrorism, money laundering and The War on Some Drugs."
Because of these emotional issues, all the mass-surveillance aspects are justified by powerful men and systems, things which run the world for ages are justified. There are 2 aspects to such systems, not only do we monitor terrorists, porn cr ...more
The content was interesting, and I appreciated the discussion. It is a warning about the freedom of the internet and lack of privacy. My main gripe with the book is that there's no suggestions for how to fix it. The only suggestions from the book are to use Tor and to be an activist. An activist for what? How do we begin to unravel this mass surveillance state that we'v ...more
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These transformations have come about silently, because those who know what is going on work in the global surveillance industry and have no incentives to speak out. Left to its own trajectory, within a few years, global civilization will be a postmodern surveillance dystopia, from which escape for all but the most skilled individuals will be impossible. In fact, we may already be there.
While many writers have considered what the internet means for global civilization, they are wrong. They are wrong because they do not have the sense of perspective that direct experience brings. They are wrong because they have never met the enemy.”