"This was the beginning of surveillance capitalism, and the end of the Internet as I knew it. Now, it was the creative Web that collapsed, as countless beautiful, difficult, individualistic websites were shuttered. The promise of convenience led people to exchange their personal sites [...] for a Facebook page and a Gmail account."
- Edward Snowden from his book "Permanent Record"
Another book you may consider is a book my Michael Bazell, he specializes in OSINT, or Open source intelligence if you will. He has several interesting books essentially finding anyone you want on the internet and their identity. Part of what I do is this and he’s very legit. He also has a book that covers disappearing from the internet which is also legit. I focused my masters thesis around this and data mining. I hate it, all. It’s disgusting how corporations get away with what they do in
This place and time, as Snowden point out, is the practical realization of the SF cyberpunk vision of 80' / 90' authors like William Gibson.
When I read that SF back in the 90' , it was fantastic and fascinating.
This reality of us is sad, ugly and dangerous.
But there are people who go 'under' and 'through', just to be and to feel alive.
People adapt and thrive, even in hell people learn how to survive and more.
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