The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us to Choose Between Privacy and Freedom?
David Bri ...more
David Brin LIKES my review! *complete fanboy SQUEEEEEEEE*
The Publisher Says: �In New York and Baltimore, police cameras scan public areas twenty-four hours a day.
�Huge commercial databases track you finances and sell that information to anyone willing to pay.
�Host sites on the World Wide Web record every page you view, and "smart” toll roads know where you drive.
Every day, new technology nibbles at our privacy.Does that make you nervous? David Brin is worried, but not ...more
The cameras are coming. The choice we have to make is whether we will live in a society of reciprocal accountability or top-down surveillance.
Brin explores many fun nuances involved in this choice, including questioning whether there may be other possibilities available.
One core point is that 'privacy' can be reframed as the right to be left alone (rather than the right to secrecy and be hidden from the light).
This book appears fairly pres ...more
The Transparent Society is Brin's only nonfiction book, and while it is t ...more
Brin is familiar with the ideas of the extreme privacy advoc ...more
Three stars for changing the way I think... and for proving how very far technology has come even since 1998!! Brin's summary of the functions and capabilities of the Internet are no end of amusing: 'you can even play [text-based:] RPGs involving ...more
"but the real impulse to force them open may only come after some band of terrorists manages to kill thousands with a gas attack, or blow up a skyscraper, or poison a reservoir, or 'dust' a city with radionuclides (sic). When this happens, many will call for dr ...more
The book was written before Google and Facebook and Twitter, before 9/11, before every cell phone had a camera and GPS. I was concerned that the book would be dated but the concepts are ...more
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Mass surveillance and encryption were major themes in this book. Brin argues for great transparency to allow accountability, for all of society. He correctly predicted that if a major terrorist incident occurred, the country would give up some freedoms for the promise of g ...more
I would give this 5 stars except that the last few chapters lose their focus a bit. I got most information from the first 50-60% of the book, and the rest didn't really add much. Update: I gave ...more
What I love about David Brin is his optimism. He reminds us that, although things are far from perfect, they are much better now than in the past, thanks in large part to democracy and pragmatic empiricism.
In this book, Brin takes on the 'cypherpunk' credo that privacy and anonymity, as provided by the modern tools of encryption, are the keys to our freedom. Brin question not only the feasibility of obtaining true anonymity, but also whether we should want it at all. His main argument is that de...more
This was written more than 20 years ago. I had to reminding myself of that because he predicted the impact of niche media via the internet, mass surveillance, proliferation of massively powerful internet connected devices i.e. smart phones.
What is good is very well thought pros cons impacts of privacy,government and transparency. It really made me think about these issues deeply and consider impacts I had not.
Sadly we have already tipped the scale away from our p ...more
The book points out that we rail at government and corporate secrecy but we do so from opposite societal ends without realizing that these ends actually share a ...more
Godd read. Brin is brilliant.
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