_25E2_2580_259CIf you want to understand the future before it happens, you_25E2_2580_2599ll love thi03E0D304D8
–Reed Hundt, former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission
_25E2_2580_259CThere is no simpler or clearer statement of the radical change that digital technologies will bring, nor any book that better prepares one for thinking about the next steps._25E2_2580_259D
–Lawrence Lessig, Stanford Law School and Author of Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace
_25E2_2580_259CBlown to Bits will blow you away. In highly accessible and always fun prose, it explo0F4133747D
–Debora Spar, President of Barnard College, Author of Ruling the Waves and The Baby Business
_25E2_2580_259CThis is a wonderful book_25E2_2580_2593probably the best since Hal Varian and Carl Sc0B527C340D
–David Warsh, Author of Knowledge and the Wealth of Nations
“Blown to Bits is one of the clearest expositions I’ve seen of the social and political issues arising from the Internet. Its remarkably clear explanations of how the Net actually works lets the hot air out of some seemingly endless debates. You’ve made explaining this stuff look easy. Congratulations!”
–David Weinberger, Coauthor of The Cluetrain Manifesto and Author of Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder.
_25E2_2580_259CBlown to Bits is a timely, important, and very readable take on how information is pr075B9EC451
–Craig Silverstein, Director of Technology, Google, Inc.
“This book gives an overview of the kinds of issues confronting society as we become increasingly dependent on the Internet and the World Wide Web. Every informed citizen should read this book and then form their own opinion on these and related issues. And after reading this book you will rethink how (and even whether) you use the Web to form your opinions…”
–James S. Miller, Senior Director for Technology Policy and Strategy, Microsoft Corporation
_25E2_2580_259CMost writing about the digital world comes from techies writing about technical matte0F35EC442A
–Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Author of Multiple Intelligences and Changing Minds
“Regardless of your experience with computers, Blown to Bits provides a uniquely entertaining and informative perspective from the computing industry’s greatest minds.
A fascinating, insightful and entertaining book that helps you understand computers and their impact on the world in a whole new way.
This is a rare book that explains the impact of the digital explosion in a way that everyone can understand and, at the same time, challenges experts to think in new ways._25E2_2580_259D
–Anne Margulies, Assistant Secretary for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
_25E2_2580_259CBlown to Bits is fun and fundamental. What a pleasure to see real teachers offering s02AFC07498
–Professor Charles Nesson, Harvard Law School, Founder, Berkman Center for Internet and Society
_25E2_2580_259CTo many of us, computers and the Internet are magic. We make stuff, send stuff, recei05ABCCC4CE
–Siva Vaidhyanathan, cultural historian and media scholar at the University of Virginia and author of Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How it Threatens Creativity
_25E2_2580_259CThe world has turned into the proverbial elephant and we the blind men. The old and t052926E4BA
–Harvey Silverglate, criminal defense and civil liberties lawyer and writer
Every day, billions of photographs, news stories, songs, X-rays, TV shows, phone calls, and emails are being scattered around the world as sequences of zeroes and ones: bits. We can’t escape this explosion of digital information and few of us want to–the benefits are too seductive. The technology has enabled unprecedented innovation, collaboration, entertainment, and democratic participation.
But the same engineering marvels are shattering centuries-old assumptions about privacy, identity, free expression, and personal control as more and more details of our lives are captured as digital data.
Can you control who sees all that personal information about you? Can email be truly confidential, when nothing seems to be private? Shouldn’t the Internet be censored the way radio and TV are? Is it really a federal crime to download music? When you use Google or Yahoo! to search for something, how do they decide which sites to show you? Do you still have free speech in the digital world? Do you have a voice in shaping government or corporate policies about any of this?
Blown to Bits offers provocative answers to these questions and tells intriguing real-life stories. This book is a wake-up call to the human consequences of the digital explosion.
Chapter 1: Digital Explosion: Why Is It Happening, and What Is at Stake? 1
Chapter 2: Naked in the Sunlight: Privacy Lost, Privacy Abandoned 19
Chapter 3: Ghosts in the Machine: Secrets and Surprises of Electronic Documents 73
Chapter 4: Needles in the Haystack: Google and Other Brokers in the Bits Bazaar 109
Chapter 5: Secret Bits: How Codes Became Unbreakable 161
Chapter 6: Balance Toppled: Who Owns the Bits? 195
Chapter 7: You Can’t Say That on the Internet: Guarding the Frontiers of Digital Expression 229
Chapter 8: Bits in the Air: Old Metaphors, New Technologies, and Free Speech 259
Conclusion: After the Explosion 295
Appendix: The Internet as System and Spirit 301