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Surveillance Valley by Yasha Levine
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it was amazing
bookshelves: history, non-fiction, politics, science, technology

A tour the force. Levine offers a radically alternative history of the internet. Like most people I bought into the narrative of its inherently liberatory nature for quite some time. My career would not exist if it wasn't for the internet, so like many of my peers I am severely biased towards it. But for a while now, a sense of unease with this perspective had been growing. And this book was the final nail in the coffin for me. The internet was conceived as a weapon of social control and surveillance, by governments with aid from the private sector. There is nothing inherently good about it. Levine convincingly shows how flawed the internet freedom movement is. The only way we can make this technology work for the many, is by increasing the democratic control over it. It is no mean feat, but at least now we have our eye on the ball.
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Reading Progress

February 9, 2018 – Shelved
February 9, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
February 9, 2018 – Shelved as: history
February 9, 2018 – Shelved as: non-fiction
February 9, 2018 – Shelved as: politics
February 9, 2018 – Shelved as: science
February 9, 2018 – Shelved as: technology
April 17, 2018 – Started Reading
May 4, 2018 –
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May 4, 2018 –
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May 11, 2018 – Finished Reading

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