By Hal Abelson, Ken Ledeen, Harry Lewis

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Every day, billions of pictures, information tales, songs, X-rays, television indicates, cell calls, and emails are being scattered around the globe as sequences of zeroes and ones: bits. We can’t get away this explosion of electronic details and few folks wish to–the merits are too seductive. The know-how has enabled remarkable innovation, collaboration, leisure, and democratic participation.

But an identical engineering marvels are shattering centuries-old assumptions approximately privateness, id, loose expression, and private keep watch over as increasingly more information of our lives are captured as electronic data.

Can you keep an eye on who sees all that non-public information regarding you? Can electronic mail be actually personal, whilst not anything seems inner most? Shouldn’t the net be censored the way in which radio and television are? Is it quite a federal crime to obtain song? in the event you use Google or Yahoo! to go looking for anything, how do they make a decision which websites to teach you? Do you continue to have loose speech within the electronic global? Do you've gotten a voice in shaping executive or company guidelines approximately any of this?

Blown to Bits bargains provocative solutions to those questions and tells exciting real-life tales. This e-book is a serious warning call to the human results of the electronic explosion.

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They may be whistleblowers or dissidents. Perhaps they are merely railing against injustice in their workplace. Will technologies that undermine anonymity in political discourse also stifle free expression? , has been a weapon used to advance free speech since the time of the Revolution. We may regret a complete abandonment of anonymity in favor of communication technologies that The problem is not just the leave fingerprints. The problem is not just the existence existence of fingerprints, but that no one told us that of fingerprints, but that no one told us that we are creating them.

Perhaps they are merely railing against injustice in their workplace. Will technologies that undermine anonymity in political discourse also stifle free expression? , has been a weapon used to advance free speech since the time of the Revolution. We may regret a complete abandonment of anonymity in favor of communication technologies that The problem is not just the leave fingerprints. The problem is not just the existence existence of fingerprints, but that no one told us that of fingerprints, but that no one told us that we are creating them.

To understand why we have less privacy today than in the past, we must look not just at the gadgets. To be sure, we should be wary of spies and thieves, but we should also look at those who protect us and help us—and we should also take a good look in the mirror. We are most conscious of our personal information winding up in the hands of strangers when we think about data loss or theft. Reports like the one about the British tax office have become fairly common. The theft of information about 45 million customers of TJX stores, described in Chapter 5, “Secret Bits,” was even larger than the British catastrophe.

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