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Data and Goliath Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

Data is everywhere. We create it every time we go online, turn our phones on (or off), and pay with credit cards. The data is stored, studied, and bought and sold by corporations and governments for surveillance and for control. "Foremost security expert" (Wired) and best-selling author Bruce Schneier shows how this data has led to a double-edged Internet - a Web that gives power to the people but is abused by the institutions on which those people depend.

In Data and Goliath, Schneier reveals the full extent of surveillance, censorship, and propaganda in society today, examining the risks of cybercrime, cyberterrorism, and cyberwar. He shares technological, legal, and social solutions that can help shape a more equal, private, and secure world. This is an audiobook to which everyone with an Internet connection - or bank account or smart device or car, for that matter - needs to listen.

©2015 Bruce Schneier (P)2015 Recorded Books

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    Jeremy 06-12-15
    Jeremy 06-12-15
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    "Great information"

    I work in the IT world and I knew a lot of this was going on. This book really helped understand a lot more of what is going on with data collection and what we can do about it. It is a very interesting read.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Eagle1 05-09-16
    Eagle1 05-09-16
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    "A must-listen"

    Really helps you understand what is going on with our data in government and corporate hands. Lots to rhink about before you post that next thing to Facebook, or send that next Tweet.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael R. Books 09-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Really enjoyed"

    Much more understanding and appreciation of how services collect and use our data. Also, will no longer use Goggle

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Las Cruces, NM, United States 09-22-16
    Gary Las Cruces, NM, United States 09-22-16 Member Since 2016

    l'enfer c'est les autres

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    "Lots of facts, needed a narrative to not bore"

    I love the topic. I love the details provided in this book. But, to tell a story you need more than a great topic and a bunch of facts. One needs a narrative and an attitude to tie the pieces together. This book lacked the story telling 'je ne sais quas" (literal: "I don't know what", but figuratively "elusive quality") though he does have the attitude.

    I don't think there is any current topic where I could be more interested in than along the lines of the merging of the data that is out there with computers and algorithms, and I would consider Edward Snowden a hero, because what we have learned from him and the potential to do harm (as well as good) with the merging of big data with computers and the power of using context and content that both government and corporations (and even private citizens) can use against us (or for us) as a potential threat to our liberty or a boon to our equality. Complete liberty means no equality, and complete equality means no liberty. There is a balance and books like this can offer a guideline, but it needs the story to tie the pieces together with a narrative of some kind.

    I'll give an example, of a book that I just recently read. "Rise of the Machines", by Thomas Rid. He covers many of the same topics that were covered in this book, especially on the part of encryption and PGP (pretty good privacy). At the same time that book always had a theme woven into the story as a whole in which he was tying all the pieces together, and even summarized them in the final chapter for the dense reader like me. This book, "Data and Goliath", doesn't interweave them coherently and therefore made what should have been an incredibly exciting story for me into a dull story with a lot of facts.

    My problem with this book is not that it didn't give the listener plenty of details, but it didn't give the listener an easy story to tell so one can, for example, share with colleagues over the water cooler while at work. The values we use to explain the world through science would include: simplicity, accuracy, prediction, fitting in to the web of knowledge, and lastly the ability to explain. In order to explain, one needs a story to put the pieces together this book doesn't offer that. (Galileo had a story to tell as well as plenty of details. Read "Dialogs Concerning Two Chief World Systems", e.g.).

    I'm in the minority on this book. It gave me details which I loved, but it lacked a over arcing narrative that I could wrap my mind around. Good fiction needs a story to hook the listener, and non-fiction needs that narrative even more as to not bore. I like all genres of non-fiction except for the boring kind.

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    Amazon Customer 07-30-16
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    "A great book for our time!"

    Overall loved it. Great examples and sources for follow up. Schneier's text reads more like a peer reviewed work than a run of the mill book. He methodically outlines his thesis, which falls somewhere in the middle of perfect privacy and perfect surveillance. Carefully enumerating the reasons why his approach is both morally correct and practical to apply. Regarding the latter he builds on the work of others in outlining a true course.

    I used the bookmark feature to note the many memorable moments in the audiobook. From references to Japanese internment and McCarthysism to the logical summation from FDR the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

    This was my first audiobook. The narrator's voice was crisp and welcoming. I started the book last night and finished it this afternoon, thanks to both the subject matter, style of writing and clear articulation. Another note for users of the audible android app is to try the speed playback. I initially started at 1.0x, by the middle I was able to play at 2.0x and gradually increased until I got to 3.0x. For most of the time I was listening to the book I was also multitasking doing household chores. I hope all the narrators are as good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Reggie 04-14-16
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    "Great but 2 hours to long"

    Great for understanding how data is collected and can be used. Skip the last 2hrs.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    GabbyZhang 11-30-15
    GabbyZhang 11-30-15
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    "Awesome book"

    I met with the author at Georgetown Law last year while studying privacy law there. Bought the book after the talk. Read it. Enjoyed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Luther Cline Richardson, TX 05-21-15
    Luther Cline Richardson, TX 05-21-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Always good material from Bruce"

    This book has so much quality material, it is a must read if you really want to know what is going on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    UK 04-21-15
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    "Two thumbs up"

    Informative, solution focused and practical. Draws attention to very obvious ways we all leave data trails. Suggestions for policy changes without resorting to histrionics or scare tactics.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christian Silva 08-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Data Collection for Dummies"

    Book offers a comprehensive research pertaining to ubiquitous mass surveillance, commonly referred to as Dataveillance. The topic is not only relevant to those with an interest in Data collection, but any person concerned with the erosion of privacy.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    5/27/16
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    "one of best I have read(listen)"

    I learn a lot of new thinks from this book. thinks that can not be read anywhere like this.

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  • Eric Gilmore
    3/31/16
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    "Enlightening book; performance not great"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Data and Goliath to be better than the print version?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    It would be better if the reader sounded like they understood the subject, the vocabulary and terms. I thought it was a poor recording overall and took away from my enjoyment of the book


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me scared about my privacy


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  • Jerome
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    "Stunning view into a secret world"

    Of interest to anyone who has a computer or smart phone.
    A great insight into our digital world

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alev Haddadieh
    Kent, United Kingdom
    12/30/15
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    "An excellent book by Schneier"

    This book is a good read for any one on the cyber security. It's a good insight into how to control your data.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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