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Blown to bits : your life, liberty, and happiness after the digital explosion

Author: Harold Abelson; Ken Ledeen; Harry R Lewis
Publisher: Upper Saddle River, NJ : Addison-Wesley, ©2008.
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Every day, billions of photographs, news stories, songs, X-rays, TV shows, phone calls, and emails are being scattered around the world as sequences of zeroes and ones: bits. We can't escape this explosion of digital information and few of us want to; the benefits are too seductive. The technology has enabled unprecedented innovation, collaboration, entertainment, and democratic participation. But the same  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Harold Abelson; Ken Ledeen; Harry R Lewis
ISBN: 0137135599 9780137135592
OCLC Number: 192042303
Description: xiv, 366 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Digital explosion: why is it happening, and what is at stake? --
Naked in the sunlight: privacy lost, privacy abandoned --
Ghosts in the machine: secrets and surprises of electronic documents --
Needles in the haystack: Google and other brokers in the bits bazaar --
Secret bits: how codes became unbreakable --
Balance toppled: who owns the bits? --
You can't say that on the Internet: guarding the frontiers of digital expression --
Bits in the air: old metaphors, new technologies, and free speech.
Responsibility: Hal Abelson, Ken Ledeen, Harry Lewis.
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Every day, billions of photographs, news stories, songs, X-rays, TV shows, phone calls, and emails are being scattered around the world as sequences of zeroes and ones: bits. We can't escape this explosion of digital information and few of us want to; the benefits are too seductive. The technology has enabled unprecedented innovation, collaboration, entertainment, and democratic participation. 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. Do you control who sees all that personal information about you? Can email be truly confidential, when nothing seems to be private? Shouldn't the Internet be censored the way radio and TV are? Is it really a federal crime to download music? When you use Google or Yahoo! to search for something, how do they decide which sites to show you? 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? This book offers provocative answers to these questions and tells intriguing real life stories; it is a wake-up call to the human consequences of the digital explosion.

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