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Every day, billions of pictures, information tales, songs, X-rays, television indicates, cell calls, and emails are being scattered around the globe as sequences of zeroes and ones: bits. We can’t break out this explosion of electronic info and few folks wish to–the merits are too seductive. The know-how has enabled unparalleled innovation, collaboration, leisure, and democratic participation.

But a similar engineering marvels are shattering centuries-old assumptions approximately privateness, identification, loose expression, and private keep an eye on as increasingly more information of our lives are captured as electronic data.

Can you regulate who sees all that private information regarding you? Can e mail be really personal, whilst not anything appears inner most? Shouldn’t the net be censored the best way radio and television are? Is it particularly a federal crime to obtain tune? should you use Google or Yahoo! to go looking for anything, how do they come to a decision which websites to teach you? Do you continue to have unfastened speech within the electronic global? Do you've a voice in shaping govt or company rules approximately any of this?

Blown to Bits deals provocative solutions to those questions and tells fascinating real-life tales. This ebook is a serious warning call to the human outcomes of the electronic explosion.

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Recent federal laws, such as the USA PATRIOT Act, give government agencies sweeping authority to sift through mostly innocent data looking for signs of “suspicious activity” by potential terrorists—and to notice lesser transgressions, such as Governor Spitzer’s, in the process. Although the World Wide Web now reaches into millions of households, the rules and regulations governing it are not much better than those of a lawless frontier town of the old West. 1 BLACKLISTS DIGITAL EXPLOSION AND 15 WHITELISTS In the bits world, providers of services can create blacklists or whitelists.

Qxd 4/16/08 1:19 PM Page 15 CHAPTER use this information for invasive but relatively benign purposes, such as marketing, and also for more questionable purposes, such as blacklisting and blackmail. Few regulations mandate disclosure that the information is being collected, or restrict the use to which the data can be put. Recent federal laws, such as the USA PATRIOT Act, give government agencies sweeping authority to sift through mostly innocent data looking for signs of “suspicious activity” by potential terrorists—and to notice lesser transgressions, such as Governor Spitzer’s, in the process.

Worry about where they are leaving them, but the rest of us don’t. In the digital world, we all leave both electronic footprints and electronic fingerprints—data trails we leave intentionally, and data trails of which we are unaware or unconscious. The identifying data may be useful for forensic purposes. Because most of us don’t consider ourselves criminals, however, we tend not to worry about that. What we don’t think about is that the various small smudges we leave on the digital landscape may be useful to someone else—someone who wants to use the data we left behind to make money or to get something from us.

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