• book: surveillance Valley

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    Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the
    Internet | Hardcover

    Yasha Levine

    PublicAffairs | PublicAffairs Political Science / Privacy &
    Surveillance (see also Social Science - Privacy & Surveillance)
    / Security (National & International) / Computers / Internet -
    Online Safety & Privacy

    Published Feb 6, 2018

    "The internet is the most effective weapon the government has
    ever built.

    "In this fascinating book, investigative reporter Yasha Levine
    uncovers the secret origins of the internet, tracing it back to
    a Pentagon counterinsurgency surveillance project.

    "A visionary intelligence officer, William Godel, realized that
    the key to winning the war in Vietnam was not outgunning the
    enemy, but using new information technology to understand their
    motives and anticipate their movements. This idea -- using
    computers to spy on people and groups perceived as a threat,
    both at home and abroad -- drove ARPA to develop the internet
    in the 1960s, and continues to be at the heart of the modern
    internet we all know and use today. As Levine shows,
    surveillance wasn't something that suddenly appeared on the
    internet; it was woven into the fabric of the technology.

    "But this isn't just a story about the NSA or other domestic
    programs run by the government. As t he book spins forward in
    time, Levine examines the private surveillance business that
    powers tech-industry giants like Google, Facebook, and Amazon,
    revealing how these companies spy on their users for profit,
    all while doing double duty as military and intelligence
    contractors. Levine shows that the military and Silicon Valley
    are effectively inseparable: a military-digital complex that
    permeates everything connected to the internet, even coopting
    and weaponizing the antigovernment privacy movement that sprang
    up in the wake of Edward Snowden.

    "With deep research, skilled storytelling, and provocative
    arguments, Surveillance Valley will change the way you think
    about the news -- and the device on which you read it.


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