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Click Here To Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-Connected World (Book Review)

  • Esther Jackson
  • Library Journal
  • October 1, 2018

Seasoned technologist and security writer Schneier’s (Data and Goliath; Liars and Outliers) work springboards from the “Internet+ of Things” (IoT), or the network of physical devices including cars, electronics, machinery, that connect to one another and exchange data. For this work, the author coins the term Internet+, taken to mean “the Internet + Things + us.” By offering a broad introduction to the concept, Schneier aims to familiarize readers to topics and issues surrounding it and to draft a road map toward solutions. Such an approach is challenging; the introductory chapters address IoT concerns that more informed readers may already be aware of, whereas the later, more technical chapters are too specialized for general audiences. Readers who enjoyed Andrew Blum’s …

Library Journal Review of Data & Goliath

  • Candice Kail
  • Library Journal
  • June 15, 2015

Starred Review

Schneier, a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, has written an exceptionally readable yet thoroughly chilling book about the dangers of the ubiquitous mass surveillance we face thanks to modern life. While the author focuses on the United States, the rest of the world is largely capable of nearly the same levels of surveillance thanks to the openness of the Internet and the availability of cell phones. Schneier describes the types of data being collected about us, stemming from our interactions, activities, purchases, and where we go. As he competently explains, this “metadata” provides those collecting it with the entire framework of our existence: who we converse with and the duration of the conversation, the things we read (especially electronically), and what we buy. Corporations use this data to deliver targeted advertising and sell our information to other corporations at a large profit. Governments employ the data to map our interactions and otherwise infiltrate our privacy. As Schneier helps us understand the issues, he makes the case that “Ubiquitous mass surveillance is the enemy of democracy, liberty, freedom, and progress.” Though there are few signs of change in corporate and government surveillance practices, Schneier devotes a chapter to practical solutions we can use to limit how we are tracked, information about how other countries approach privacy, and a set of potential principles we could adopt. ­…

Book Review: The Electronic Privacy Papers

  • Thom Gillespie
  • Library Journal
  • January 1, 1998

This is not an academically neutral book on the subject of privacy. Both Schneier and Banisar are security and privacy advocates of long standing, and they like to refer to the information superhighway as the information “snooperhighway.” Here, they have collected previously classified documents from both government and industry sources. Coverage includes digital wiretapping, E-mail security, cryptography, the National Security Administration’s perspective on telecommunications, the clipper chip, softkey escrow, and much more. Recommended for all libraries…

Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.