The War on Privacy is lost, and states and corporations now collect more of our data than even they know what to do with. No one person or group can understand the implications of this, but we do know there is no going back.
In How To Do Privacy in the 21st Century, Peter Burnett charts how we came to surrender everything from our faceprints to our location data. The question now is what next, and how can we reclaim our lost freedoms?
On our side, a new kind of activist is challenging these surveillance and data collection practises, while working to protect free expression. Others defy copyright law while promoting open source platforms which see freedoms enhanced by technology. In doing so, these 'hacktivists' have been pursued by governments as outlaws, and where they have revealed the mechanisms of state secrecy, they have paid the price with their own freedom.
How To Do Privacy in the 21st Century describes some of the key players in this realm, looking at surveillance (Edward Snowden), freedom of information (Wikileaks), copyright issues (Kim Dotcom and The Pirate Bay) and journalism (Barrett Brown), among other topics.
This book also places you in the picture, and summarises much of what you may already fear regarding the struggle for the control of your own personal information. The heroes of this book are the champions of the open Internet, an increasing group of individuals reclaiming digital privacy, advancing government transparency and ensuring that civil liberties will be preserved on the Internet of the future.
Profits from the sale of this book will be donated to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (eff.org).