Best Privacy & Surveillance in Society Books

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1. Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

Author: by Cathy O'Neil
288 pages

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A former Wall Street quant sounds the alarm on Big Data and the mathematical models that threaten to rip apart our social fabricwith a new afterword A manual for the twenty-first-century citizen … Relevant and urgent. Financial Times NATIONAL BOOK AWARD LONGLIST NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review The Boston Globe Wired Fortune Kirkus Reviews The Guardian Nature On Point We live in the age of the algorithm.

Increasingly, the decisions that affect our liveswhere we go to school, whether we can get a job or a loan, how much we pay for health insuranceare being made not by humans, but by machines. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: Everyone is judged according to the same rules.

But as mathematician and data scientist Cathy O’Neil reveals, the mathematical models being used today are unregulated and uncontestable, even when they’re wrong. Most troubling, they reinforce discriminationpropping up the lucky, punishing the downtrodden, and undermining our democracy in the process.

2. The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power

Author: by Shoshana Zuboff

704 pages

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The challenges to humanity posed by the digital future, the first detailed examination of the unprecedented form of power called “surveillance capitalism,” and the quest by powerful corporations to predict and control our behavior. In this masterwork of original thinking and research, Shoshana Zuboff provides startling insights into the phenomenon that she has named surveillance capitalism.

The stakes could not be higher: a global architecture of behavior modification threatens human nature in the twenty-first century just as industrial capitalism disfigured the natural world in the twentieth. Zuboff vividly brings to life the consequences as surveillance capitalism advances from Silicon Valley into every economic sector.

Vast wealth and power are accumulated in ominous new “behavioral futures markets,” where predictions about our behavior are bought and sold, and the production of goods and services is subordinated to a new “means of behavioral modification.” The threat has shifted from a totalitarian Big Brother state to a ubiquitous digital architecture: a “Big Other” operating in the interests of surveillance capital.

3. Cyber Crisis: Protecting Your Business from Real Threats in the Virtual World

Author: by Eric Cole
May 18, 2021

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Based on news reports, you might think there’s a major cybersecurity threat every four to five months. In reality, there’s a cybersecurity attack happening every minute of every day. Today, we live our livesand conduct our businessonline. Our data is in the cloud and in our pockets on our smartphones, shuttled over public Wi-Fi and company networks.

To keep it safe, we rely on passwords and encryption and private servers, IT departments and best practices. But as you read this, there is a 70 percent chance that your data is compromised … You just don’t know it yet. Cybersecurity attacks have increased exponentially, but because they’re stealthy and often invisible, many underplay, ignore, or simply don’t realize the danger.

By the time they discover a breach, most individuals and businesses have been compromised for over three years. Instead of waiting until a problem surfaces, avoiding a data disaster means acting now to prevent one. In Cyber Crisis, Eric Cole gives readers a clear-eyed picture of the information war raging in cyberspace.

4. Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars: An Introductory Programming Manual

Author: by Anonymous
Book Tree
68 pages

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This is the top secret manual said to be found by accident in 1986 by an employee of Boeing Aircraft. He bought a surplus IBM copier for scrap parts at a government sale and found the manual inside. The manual outlines a plan to control the masses through manipulation of industry, education and politics, and to divert the public’s attention from what is really going on.

Surprisingly, it is claimed that much of what is outlined has come to pass, and makes interesting reading for those exploring the deeper levels of our social structure and how it may be controlled or influenced. This Book Tree edition includes all of the important charts and diagrams not seen in other versions.

It is an exact replica of the original, aside from some minor alterations to correct print quality. Found in this edition only is a new, four-page Introduction. It explains why we may never be certain of the true origin of this document, despite the fact that someone has stepped forward and claimed that they assembled it from multiple sources.

5. The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception

Author: by H. Keith Melton
William Morrow Paperbacks

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Once a top-secret training manual for CIA field agents in the early Cold War Era of the 1950s, The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception is now available to the general public. An amazing historical artifact, this eye-opening handbook offered step-by-step instructions to covert intelligence operatives in all manner of sleight of hand and trickery designed to thwart the Communist enemy.

Part of the Company’s infamous MK-ULTRAa secret mind-control and chemical interrogation research programthis legendary document, the brainchild of John Mulholland, then America’s most famous magician, was believed lost forever. But thanks to former CIA gadgeteer Bob Wallace and renowned spycraft historian H.

Keith Melton, The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception is now available to everyone, spy and civilian alike.

6. The Safety Trap: A Security Expert's Secrets for Staying Safe in a Dangerous World

Author: by Spencer Coursen
368 pages

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Threat management expert Spencer Coursen offers proactive strategies to protect yourself and your loved ones in the event of hostile encounters and emergency situations in The Safety Trap: A Security Expert’s Secrets for Staying Safe in a Dangerous World. Despite what the news and social media would have you believe, we have never lived in a safer time than we are now.

Unfortunately, we live under a false sense of security enforced by authorities that only alleviates fears without reducing risk. We have placed our personal safety, and our responsibilities of guarding it, into the hands of people trained only to respond to crises, not actively prevent them.

Our blind faith in institutions to protect us has only dulled our natural survival instincts. The truth is that when we feel safest is actually when we are in the most danger. This is the paradox of The Safety Trap.

When you don’t expect danger, you simply fail to see the signs that something bad is about to happen. But the signs are always there, and staying safe is about training yourself to see them. In easy-to-implement methods of maintaining vigilance, assessing risk, and taking preventative measures, you’ll discover how to be alert without anxiety and know how to best protect and defend yourself on the job, in school, in public places, at home, and online.

7. On Killing Remotely: The Psychology of Killing with Drones

Author: by Lieutenant Colonel Wayne Phelps (USMC Ret.)
368 pages

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A can’t-miss for anyone interested in current military affairs, On Killing Remotely reveals and explores the coststo individual soldiers and to societyof the way we wage war today (Kirkus Reviews, starred). Throughout history society has determined specific rules of engagement between adversaries in armed conflict.

With advances in technology, from armor to in the Middle Ages to nerve gas in World War I to weapons of mass destruction in our own time, the rules have constantly evolved. Today, when killing the enemy can seem palpably risk-free and tantamount to playing a violent video game, what constitutes warfare?

What is the effect of remote combat on individual soldiers? And what are the unforeseen repercussions that could affect us all? Lt Col Wayne Phelps, former commander of a Remotely Piloted Aircraft unit, addresses these questions and many others as he tells the story of the men and women of today’s chair force.

Exploring the ethics of remote military engagement, the misconceptions about PTSD among RPA operators, and the specter of military weaponry controlled by robots, his book is an urgent and compelling reminder that it should always be difficult to kill another human being lest we risk losing what makes us human.

8. The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI's Manufactured War on Terrorism: The ISIS Edition

Author: by Trevor Aaronson
Ig Publishing
284 pages

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Compelling, shocking, and gritty with intrigue. Publishers Weekly (starred review) A real eye-opener that questions how well the country’s security is being protected. Kirkus (starred review) A groundbreaking work of investigative journalism, The Terror Factory: The Isis Edition exposes how the FBI has, under the guise of engaging in counterterrorism since 9/11, built a network of more than 15,000 informants whose primary purpose is to infiltrate Muslim communities to create and facilitate phony terrorist plots so that the Bureau can then claim it is winning the war on terror.

This updated edition of The Terror Factory examines the FBI’s use of stings to catch ISIS sympathizers in the United States, as well as how the bureau, already transformed into an intelligence agency whose tactics are similar to those of the CIA and NSA, has and will change under the presidency of Donald Trump.

Trevor Aaronson is a contributing writer at The Intercept and executive director of the nonprofit Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. Previously, he was a reporter with Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit and a fellow at the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California-Berkeley.

9. We Have Been Harmonized: Life in China's Surveillance State

Author: by Kai Strittmatter
368 pages

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Named a Notable Work of Nonfiction of 2020 by the Washington PostAs heard on NPR’s Fresh Air, We Have Been Harmonized, by award-winning correspondent Kai Strittmatter, offers a groundbreaking look, based on decades of research, at how China created the most terrifying surveillance state in history.

China’s new drive for repression is being underpinned by unprecedented advances in technology: facial and voice recognition, GPS tracking, supercomputer databases, intercepted cell phone conversations, the monitoring of app use, and millions of high-resolution security cameras make it nearly impossible for a Chinese citizen to hide anything from authorities.

Commercial transactions, including food deliveries and online purchases, are fed into vast databases, along with everything from biometric information to social media activities to methods of birth control. Cameras (so advanced that they can locate a single person within a stadium crowd of 60,000) scan for faces and walking patterns to track each individual’s movement.

10. Permanent Record

Author: by Edward Snowden

11 hours and 31 minutes

Edward Snowden

Holter Graham

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An NPR Best Book of the Year – 2019 Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the US government’s system of mass surveillance, reveals for the first time the story of his life, including how he helped to build that system and what motivated him to try to bring it down.

In 2013, 29-year-old Edward Snowden shocked the world when he broke with the American intelligence establishment and revealed that the United States government was secretly pursuing the means to collect every single phone call, text message, and email. The result would be an unprecedented system of mass surveillance with the ability to pry into the private lives of every person on earth.

Six years later, Snowden reveals for the very first time how he helped to build this system and why he was moved to expose it. Spanning the bucolic Beltway suburbs of his childhood and the clandestine CIA and NSA postings of his adulthood, Permanent Record is the extraordinary account of a bright young man who grew up online – a man who became a spy, a whistleblower, and, in exile, the internet’s conscience.

11. Cyber Privacy: Who Has Your Data and Why You Should Care

Author: by April Falcon Doss
384 pages

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2020 Foreword Indie Award Winner (Gold) in the “Science & Technology” Category”Chilling, eye-opening, and timely, Cyber Privacy makes a strong case for the urgent need to reform the laws and policies that protect our personal data. If your reaction to that statement is to shrug your shoulders, think again.

As April Falcon Doss expertly explains, data tracking is a real problem that affects every single one of us on a daily basis.” General Michael V.Hayden, USAF, Ret., former Director of CIA and NSA and former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence You’re being tracked.

Amazon, Google, Facebook, governments. No matter who we are or where we go, someone is collecting our data: to profile us, target us, assess us; to predict our behavior and analyze our attitudes; to influence the things we do and buyeven to impact our vote.

If this makes you uneasy, it should. We live in an era of unprecedented data aggregation, and it’s never been more difficult to navigate the trade-offs between individual privacy, personal convenience, national security, and corporate profits. Technology is evolving quickly, while laws and policies are changing slowly.

12. The Voyeur's Motel

Author: by Gay Talese
Grove Press
240 pages

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On January 7, 1980, in the run-up to the publication of his landmark bestseller Thy Neighbor’s Wife, Gay Talese received an anonymous handwritten letter from a man in Colorado. Since learning of your long-awaited study of coast-to-coast sex in America, the letter began, I feel I have important information that I could contribute to its contents or to contents of a future book.

The man went on to tell Talese an astonishing secret: he had bought a motel outside Denver to satisfy his voyeuristic desires. Underneath the roof of his motel, the man had built an observation platform, fitted with vents, through which he could watch his unwitting guests.

Unsure what to make of this confession, Talese traveled to Colorado where he met the manGerald Foosand verified his story in person. But because Foos insisted on remaining anonymous, preserving for himself the privacy he denied his guests, Talese filed his reporting away, assuming the story would remain untold.

Over the ensuing years, Foos occasionally reached out to Talese to fill him in on the latest developments in his life. He also sent Talese hundreds of pages of notes on his guests and their habits, work that Foos believed made him a pioneering researcher into American society and sexuality.

13. Privacy is Power: Why and How You Should Take Back Control of Your Data

Author: by Carissa Veliz
304 pages

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An Economist Book of the Year Every minute of every day, our data is harvested and exploited It is time to pull the plug on the surveillance economy. Governments and hundreds of corporations are spying on you, and everyone you know.

They’re not just selling your data. They’re selling the power to influence you and decide for you. Even when you’ve explicitly asked them not to. Reclaiming privacy is the only way we can regain control of our lives and our societies.

These governments and corporations have too much power, and their power stems from us-from our data. Privacy is as collective as it is personal, and it’s time to take back control. Privacy Is Power tells you how to do exactly that.

It calls for the end of the data economy and proposes concrete measures to bring that end about, offering practical solutions, both for policymakers and ordinary citizens.

14. Reset: Reclaiming the Internet for Civil Society

Author: by Ronald J. Deibert
304 pages

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Bestselling author and renowned technology and security expert Ronald J. Deibert exposes the disturbing influence and impact of the internet on politics, the economy, the environment, and humanity. Digital technologies have given rise to a new machine-based civilization that is increasingly linked to a growing number of social and political maladies.

Accountability is weak and insecurity is endemic, creating disturbing opportunities for exploitation. Drawing from the cutting-edge research of the Citizen Lab, the world-renowned digital security research group which he founded and directs, Ronald J. Deibert exposes the impacts of this communications ecosystem on civil society.

He tracks a mostly unregulated surveillance industry, innovations in technologies of remote control, superpower policing practices, dark PR firms, and highly profitable hack-for-hire services feeding off rivers of poorly secured personal data. Deibert also unearths how dependence on social media and its expanding universe of consumer electronics creates immense pressure on the natural environment.

15. Guinea Pigs: Technologies of Control

Author: by John Hall

196 pages

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For years the federal government has sought to remotely control human behavior. Starting with the CIA projects MKULTRA and MKSEARCH in the 1950s, the American public has been unwitting guinea pigs in a multitude of non-consensually performed experiments that have continued into the 21st century.

Guinea Pigs takes readers on a journey into the darkest corners of U.S. Non-consensual experimentation and the various technologies of control that have led to our current surveillance state. The recent revelations regarding the extent of NSA eavesdropping is only the tip of the iceberg.

We are currently in an information war and a mind war, where our privacy and autonomy as human beings are at stake. Guinea Pigs will arm you with the information needed to fight back against those who seek to eliminate human free will.

Over the coming years, terms like “remote neural monitoring,” “brain-mapping,” and “electronic harassment” will become household words. To be one step ahead of the game, be prepared for the future with Guinea Pigs. Born in San Antonio, Texas, home of the Alamo, John Hall is a physician who considers writing his second profession.

16. Captivating Technology: Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in Everyday Life

Author: by Ruha Benjamin
416 pages

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The contributors to Captivating Technology examine how carceral technologies such as electronic ankle monitors and predictive-policing algorithms are being deployed to classify and coerce specific populations and whether these innovations can be appropriated and reimagined for more liberatory ends.