Big Brother’s Machinations

I’ve just read Julia Angwin’s Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a world of Relentless Surveillance, and I’m super-alert to what we’re all facing. Scary stuff but this intrepid journalist took on the task.

Angwin‘s search for invisibility travels into the shadows, as the Wall Street journalist attempts to provide confidentiality for her sources. The story of her tenacity reads like a thriller, while making this a resource for the non-technical computer user.

The book kicks into gear with Threat Models, using as an example General Petraeus’ misfortunes. Strong password defense is something we may yawn at, and few of us undertake as seriously as it needs to be. A dice-throwing daughter hints at one of Angwin’s solutions—a refreshing bit of expertise. Descriptions of email encryption solutions and applications help enormously, because if you follow her rationale, it becomes clear which alternatives might work for you. Well worth reading. At least you know what you’re up against, even if you don’t implement everything. See my review on LibraryThing.


About helenscribe

Helen is a long-time writer, with experience in both fiction and non-fiction. Her latest fiction, an English cozy mystery "The Domino Deaths" is available on Amazon. She is also an amateur painter and sailor.
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