Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet

Author:   Yasha Levine
Publisher:   Icon Books Ltd
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9781785784781


Pages:   384
Publication Date:   03 January 2019
Format:   Paperback
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As the Cambridge Analytica scandal has shown, private corporations consider it their right to use our data (and by extension, us) which ever way they see fit. Looking at the hidden origins of many internet corporations and platforms, Levine shows that this is a function, not a bug of the online experience. Beginning as a surveillance tool developed by ARPA for the Vietnam War, the internet has become essential to our lives. Despite repeated revelations of hacks, malware, government surveillance and corporate corruption, however, few of us stop to consider that the internet was developed, from the outset, as a weapon. Now, ever more famous Silicon Valley companies (which we are encouraged to view as neutral, even idealistic businesses) are entering into partnerships with the US government. Clearly demonstrating how the same military objectives and control systems that drove the development of early internet technology are still at the heart of Silicon Valley (including as features of many so called 'safe' platforms like Tor or Signal) today, this revelatory and sweeping story will change the way you think about the most powerful, ubiquitous tool ever created.

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Author:   Yasha Levine
Publisher:   Icon Books Ltd
Imprint:   Icon Books Ltd
ISBN:  

9781785784781


ISBN 10:   1785784781
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   03 January 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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'Salutary' -- New Yorker Gripping and hugely readable, Surveillance Valley is an essential book which painstakingly pieces together the complex origins, and current role, of a technology that has become so ingrained in our lives. -- All About History 'Surveillance Valley is perhaps one of the most deeply disturbing books of the year. It leaves no illusions intact ...' -- Scroll.in


'Salutary' 'Surveillance Valley is perhaps one of the most deeply disturbing books of the year. It leaves no illusions intact ...'


Salutary -- New Yorker Surveillance Valley is perhaps one of the most deeply disturbing books of the year. It leaves no illusions intact ... -- Scroll.in


'Salutary' Gripping and hugely readable, Surveillance Valley is an essential book which painstakingly pieces together the complex origins, and current role, of a technology that has become so ingrained in our lives. 'Surveillance Valley is perhaps one of the most deeply disturbing books of the year. It leaves no illusions intact ...'


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Yasha Levine is a Russian-American investigative journalist and author who has written for Wired, the Baffler, and ALternet, among others. He has appeared on network television, including MSNBC, and has his work profiled by the New York Observer, Vanity Fair, and the Verge

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