Everyone should know how the decisions will affect their lives, and the lives of their children and grandchildren and everyone who comes after. Each of us has been in the computing field for more than forty years.
Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion
The book is the product of a lifetime of observing and participating in the changes it has brought. Each of us has been both a teacher and a learner in the field. This book emerged from a general education course we have taught at Harvard, but it is not a textbook.
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We wrote this book to share what wisdom we have with as many people as we can reach. We try to paint a big picture, with dozens of illuminating anecdotes as the brushstrokes.
We aim to entertain you at the same time as we provoke your thinking. You don't need a computer to read this book. Now, its expert authors have thoroughly updated Blown to Bits to demystify the social, political, and personal issues everyone is talking about: from social media and big data to fake news, cyberattacks, and privacy. Both authoritative and accessible, this guide doesn't just reveal the workings of the technologies that are central to your life: it also illuminates the policy decisions citizens need to make about these technologies Blown to Bits, Second Edition answers questions like: Who owns all that data about you?
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What if anything do they owe you? How private is your medical information? Is it possible to send a truly secure message? How close can you come? How do you figure out who to trust for accurate news these days?
What should you know about free speech on the Internet? But the same engineering marvels are shattering centuries-old assumptions about privacy, identity, free expression, and personal control as more and more details of our lives are captured as digital data.
Can you control who sees all that personal information about you? Can email be truly confidential, when nothing seems to be private?
Is it really a federal crime to download music? When you use Google or Yahoo! Do you still have free speech in the digital world? Do you have a voice in shaping government or corporate policies about any of this?
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