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Is this era of unprecedented, low-level distrust—in our tech companies and our peers, our democracy and our justice system—we never know who's watching us, what they know, and how they'll use it.

Our personal data must be protected against Equifax hacks, doxxing, government tracking, and corporate data mining. Meanwhile, we wade through an unprecedented amount of disinformation and deception. Fake news and Russian-purchased propaganda are woven into our media diets, and anonymity on the internet leaves us ever suspicious.

In the face of this, rather than seek privacy where we can, we eagerly offer up our remaining details to social media, craving the surveillance and scrutiny of our peers. We're unsure of how all of this is affecting the moral development of a generation coming of age in this new culture of surveillance, but we continue on. It leads us to wonder if we've reached the end of trust, and if we even care.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781944211608
Publisher: McSweeney's Publishing
Publication date: 11/20/2018
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 10 - 18 Years

About the Author

Julia Angwin is an award-winning investigative journalist, formerly of the independent news organization ProPublica and the Wall Street Journal. She has twice led investigative teams that were finalists for a Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting. In 2003, she was on a team of reporters at the Wall Street Journal that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting for coverage of corporate corruption. Her book Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance was published by Times Books in 2014. She is also the author of Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the Most Popular Website in America (Random House, March 2009).

Madeline Ashby is a science fiction writer and futurist living in Toronto. Her most recent novel, Company Town, is available now from Tor Books.

Alvaro M. Bedoya is the founding director of the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law, a think tank that studies how government surveillance affects immigrants and people of color. He says things on Twitter at @alvarombedoya.

Cindy Cohn is the Executive Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. She has spent over twenty-five years as an impact litigator and advocate for the right to have a private conversation online, among other civil liberties in the digital age. The National Law Journal named Cohn one of the one hundred most influential lawyers in America in 2013, noting that “if Big Brother is watching, he better look out for Cindy Cohn.”

Myke Cole has a long career in cyber threat intelligence, counterterrorism, and maritime law enforcement with agencies at the federal and local levels, including the U.S. Coast Guard, CIA, DIA, FBI, ONI, and NYPD. He currently performs intelligence and security consulting for the private sector. Myke appeared on CBS’s unscripted show Hunted last year, where he joined a team of investigators hunting contestants across the southeastern U.S. Cole is also an author of popular fantasy, science fiction, and history. His Sacred Throne trilogy is published by Tor, and his Shadow Ops and Reawakening trilogies by Ace/Roc. His first work of military history, Legion versus Phalanx, is out now with Osprey. He has two works of military science fiction, SAR-1 and SAR-2, both coming from Angry Robot this year.

Gabriella (Biella) Coleman olds the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at McGill University. She has authored two books, Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking and Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous.

Malkia Cyril is the founder and executive director of the Center for Media Justice and cofounder of the Media Action Grassroots Network, a national network of community-based organizations working to ensure racial and economic justice in a digital age. Cyril is one of few leaders of color in the movement for digital rights and freedom, and a leader in the Black Lives Matter Global Network—helping to bring important technical safeguards and surveillance countermeasures to people across the country who are fighting to reform systemic racism and violence in law enforcement.

Cory Doctorow (craphound.com) is a science fiction author, activist, journalist, and the co-editor of Boing Boing (boingboing.net). He is the author of many books, most recently Walkaway, a novel for adults; In Real Life, a graphic novel; Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free, a book about earning a living in the internet age; and Homeland, a YA sequel to Little Brother.

Virginia Eubanks is an associate professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, SUNY. She is the author of Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor and Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age, and co-editor, with Alethia Jones, of Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith. Her writing about technology and social justice has appeared in the American Prospect, the Nation, Harper’s, and Wired. She is a founding member of the Our Data Bodies Project and a Fellow at New America. She lives in Troy, NY.

Camille Fassett is a reporter at Freedom of the Press Foundation, where she writes about civil liberties and surveillance, and documents attacks on the press in the United States. She is also researcher and resident “public records witch” with Lucy Parsons Labs, a data liberation and digital security collective.

Reyhan Harmanci s a writer and editor who lives in Brooklyn.

Chelsea Hogue is a writer and educator based in Philadelphia, PA. She wrote an episode for The Organist podcast about risk assessment algorithms in criminal justice.

Joanna Howard is the author of Foreign Correspondent (Counterpath, 2013), On the Winding Stair (BOA Editions, 2009), In the Colorless Round (Noemi, 2006), and Field Glass, a speculative novel co-written with Joanna Ruocco (Sidebrow, 2017). Her memoir Rerun Era is forthcoming from McSweeney’s ('). She lives and works in Providence, RI, and in Denver, CO.

Jennifer Kabat has been awarded a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for her criticism. Her writing has appeared in Granta, Harper’s, BOMB, the Believer, and the White Review. Her essay “Rain Like Cotton” is in Best American Essays 2018, and she’s working on a book, Ghostlands, about grief, modernism, and progressive uprisings as she rebuilds her parents’ glass house in rural America. She teaches at the New School and NYU and is a member of her local fire department. Her blue obsession grew out of a meditation on the color commissioned by the Kunsthalle Wien for its exhibition Blue Times.

Hamid Khan is an organizer with the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition. The mission of the coalition is to build community-based power to dismantle police surveillance, spying, and infiltration programs. The coalition utilizes multiple campaigns to advance an innovative organizing model that is Los Angeles-based but has implications regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Ed Loomis s a retired NSA computer scientist having worked his entire thirty-​seven-year career as a civil servant and an additional five years as a systems architect contractor. He appeared in the recent documentaries United States of Secrets and A Good American and has published an Amazon memoir of his government experience, NSA’s Transformation: An Executive Branch Black Eye.

Dave Maass is a senior investigative researcher at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and an independent journalist. In 2017, he received the First Amendment Coalition’s Free Speech and Open Government Award for his work on surveillance technology. He collects flashlights and lives in San Francisco.

Carson Mell is an ape on Earth. Some of his rock piles have been regarded highly by other apes. Most have been ignored.

Ken Montenegro s a technologist and lawyer born, raised, and rooted in Los Angeles. He uses what he has learned to advance social change inclined towards mutual aid and liberation. He is the Technology Director at a large civil rights organization, National Vice President of the National Lawyers Guild, and a board member of the Nonprofit Technology (NTEN) and of the Immigrant Defenders Law Center (ImmDef).

Jenny Odell s an artist and writer based in Oakland, CA. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Sierra Magazine, SFMOMA’s Open Space, and Topic. She has also been an artist-in-​residence at Recology SF (otherwise known as the dump), the San Francisco Planning Department, and the Internet Archive. She teaches internet art at Stanford University. Her book How to Do Nothing is forthcoming from Melville House.

Soraya Okuda is a designer who works on educational materials for beginners and targeted communities. Soraya led the development of EFF’s Security Education Companion (sec.eff.org), a curriculum resource for people tasked with teaching digital security to their friends and neighbors.

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