Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World

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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.4 X 1.2 X 8.2 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Bruce Schneier is a renowned security technologist, called a "security guru" by the Economist. He has written over a dozen books, teaches at the Harvard Kennedy School, and lives in Massachusetts.


Lucid and compelling.--Emily Parker
A pithy, pointed, and highly readable explanation of what we know in the wake of the Snowden revelations, with practical steps that ordinary people can take if they want to do something about the threats to privacy and liberty posed not only by the government but by the Big Data industry.--Neal Stephenson, author of Reamde
[T]hought-provoking, absorbing, and comprehensive.--Gil Press
The public conversation about surveillance in the digital age would be a good deal more intelligent if we all read Bruce Schneier first.--Malcolm Gladwell
A judicious and incisive analysis of one of the most pressing new issues of our time, written by a true expert.--Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of The Better Angels of Our Nature
Lucid, sophisticated. . . . Finely constructed, free of cant, and practical in its conclusions.--Jacob Silverman
The indispensable guide to understanding the most important current threat to freedom in democratic market societies.--Yochai Benkler, Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School and author of The Wealth of Networks
When it comes to what government and business are doing together and separately with personal data scooped up from the ether, Mr. Schneier is as knowledgeable as it gets.... Mr. Schneier's use of concrete examples of bad behavior with data will make even skeptics queasy and potentially push the already paranoid over the edge.--Jonathan A. Knee
Lucid and fast-paced.... Schneier describes with dismay the erosion of privacy, then lays out a strategy for turning the tide.--Hiawatha Bray
A hugely insightful and important book about how big data and its cousin, mass surveillance, affect our lives, and what to do about it. . . . Vivid, accessible, and compelling.--Jack Goldsmith, former head of the Office of Legal Counsel of the Department of Justice under George W. Bush
This important book does more than detail the threat; it tells the average low-tech citizen what steps he or she can take to limit surveillance and thus fight those who are seeking to strip privacy from all of us.--Seymour M. Hersh, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
Schneier exposes the many and surprising ways governments and corporations monitor all of us, providing a must-read User's Guide to Life in the Data Age. His recommendations for change should be part of a much-needed public debate.--Richard A. Clarke, former chief counterterrorism adviser on the National Security Council under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and author of Cyber War
As it becomes increasingly clear that surveillance has surpassed anything that Orwell imagined, we need a guide to how and why we're being snooped and what we can do about it. Bruce Schneier is that guide.--Steven Levy, editor-in-chief of Backchannel and author of Crypto and Hackers
Bruce Schneier's new book will empower people to join the conversation in the courts and elsewhere about how to think seriously and honestly about our current digital surveillance state and more importantly, how to build a digital society run by the consent of the governed.--Cindy Cohn, Legal Director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation
Should be on everyone's must read list.--Om Malik, founder of Gigaom
Paints a picture of the big-data revolution that is dark, but compelling; one in which the conveniences of our digitized world have devalued privacy.--Charles Seife
Anyone interested in security, liberty, privacy, and justice in this cyber age must read this book.--Joseph S. Nye Jr., Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor and author of The Future of Power