Black Code: Inside the Battle for Cyberspace Hardcover – May 21 2013
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“Black Code is terrifying. It effortlessly chronicles threats ranging from individual privacy to national security…[highlighting] the shadowy, lucrative war online, behind closed doors and in the halls of power, which threatens to control, censor, and spy on us, or worse.”
“Gripping and absolutely terrifying. . . . Black Code is a manifesto for the 21st-century form of network stewardship, a sense of shared responsibility toward our vital electronic water supply. It is a timely rallying cry, and sorely needed.”
—Cory Doctorow, Globe and Mail
“Ron Deibert is an excellent guide to the fascinating and disturbing world of cyber security.”
—Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Distinguished Service Professor, Harvard, and author of The Future of Power
"For more than a decade, Ron Deibert's Citizen Lab has been at the forefront of decoding actions both crude and subtle to disrupt Internet access and usage. A path from the Dalai Lama's hacked laptop to a worldwide espionage ring is but one tale of many of the Lab's singular exploits -- now gathered here in this compelling volume that chronicles the ongoing wars amidst the Internet's rise."
—Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law and Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University, and author of The Future of the Internet -- And How to Stop It
“At a time when autocrats, criminal gangs and others are trying to control and pervert the use of cyberspace, Ron Deibert’s Black Code rings like a fire-bell in the night, warning us that the price of a new global commons of shared knowledge and connectivity is vigilance in defense of free expression and the rule of law. Anyone who cares about the future of democracy needs to read this timely and most important book.”
—Carl Gershman, President, National Endowment for Democracy
“Black Code stimulated my thinking about the potential for making the Internet a much safer place.”
—Vint Cerf, Internet Pioneer
About the Author
RONALD J. DEIBERT is professor of Political Science and Director of the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies and the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, an interdisciplinary research and development “hothouse” working at the intersection of the Internet, global security, and human rights. He is a co-founder and a principal investigator of the OpenNet Initiative and the Information Warfare Monitor, which uncovered the GhostNet cyberespionage network of over 2,500 infected computers in 103 countries. Deibert’s work has received frontpage coverage in the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, International Herald Tribune, and New York Times. He lives in Toronto with his family.
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His take is grounded in both a sensible political framework and years of in-the-trenches experience with tough political and technical issues. It provides a swift, non-technical primer on the key conflicts within and about the cyber-domain.
Deibert treads the line between Internet celebrant and cynic, examining the promises and treacheries of communication technology with a critical yet at times idealistic eye. He is far from a technological determinist; Deibert is keenly aware of the determining effect of the human element, from greed to grievance, in defining the shape and usage of information and communication technology.
Deibert's brisk narratives and anecdotes deliver a readable and informative book with a perspective sadly unrepresented in the discourse - that of an informed, but disinterested observer.
ps on another note, when i ordered from amazon a yr ago, delivery was within days but this order took a wk - if this is due to their argument with their suppliers , think they are taking it out on the wrong target!
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Among the many books on governement (Big Brother) control. this is a very interesting
book, as it gives insight on things that are not openly known by the general public.
This book will open your eyes and your mind. You will learn about the things companies do with your data and the things governments do get that data. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mikerah
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