• Crypto

  • How the Code Rebels Beat the Government - Saving Privacy in the Digital Age
  • By: Steven Levy
  • Narrated by: Rich Miller
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)

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If you've ever made a secure purchase with your credit card over the internet, then you have seen cryptography, or "crypto", in action. From Stephen Levy - the author who made "hackers" a household word - comes this account of a revolution that is already affecting every citizen in the 21st century. Crypto tells the inside story of how a group of "crypto rebels" - nerds and visionaries turned freedom fighters - teamed up with corporate interests to beat Big Brother and ensure our privacy on the internet. Levy's history of one of the most controversial and important topics of the digital age sounds like the best futuristic fiction.

©2001 Steven Levy (P)2021 Tantor

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Wish it could be updated today

This book is a fascinating read (listen). Told as a tightly woven evolutionary narrative, it covers the history of crypto up until 2000 in easily accessible language and concepts. Even as someone who has worked in Silicon Valley since the 1990s, I had never even heard some of the stories that are included here. My only regret is that Steven Levy wrote it in 2000, and not in 2020. I would love to read his take on the succeeding 20 years.

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