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Hacking the Future: Online Anonymity, Privacy, and Control Hardcover – November 8, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd (November 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715644041
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715644041
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.9 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,537,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRAISE FOR EPIC WIN FOR ANONYMOUS 'Goes deep into the underpinnings of the somewhat notorious [Anonymous]' Independent 'If you want to know what your 15-year-old is up to right now, it'll probably tell you' Word

About the Author

Cole Stryker is a writer at Urlesque.com, one of the web's leading sites for dissecting memes and 4chan news. He has also written for Nerve, Popmatters and Converse's arts and culture blog, Play. His first book, Epic Win for Anonymous, is published by Duckworth.

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It is a book that opens your mind to a whole new world and a whole new way of thinking.
Kresten Ballantyne
Data profilers will quickly offer personal anonymity in exchange for access to data to profile an anonymous consumer.
John Young
I really enjoyed this book, It was very easy to read and understand the gist of this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew D. Oram on January 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
A useful history, with valid arguments for the protection of privacy and anonymity, but the book could have been better. If I were Stryker's editor, I would start by asking him to be clear when he is speaking to a sophisticated audience of Internet-savvy readers (probably the bulk of the people who will buy the book) and when he is addressing a more general public in a journalistic manner. Although he makes off-hand references to events only an Internet veteran would know, I think he routinely assumes he's talking to a less technically adept reader in order to forgo the rigour of explaining complex topics. Unfortunately, such rigour is sometimes necessary because the devil often lies in the details (such as to explain why one type of anonymizing service is more effective than another). I do, however, ultimately respect his defence of anonymity and his sober discussion of the measures people and institutions could take to mitigate against its bad aspects. Stryker's logic is sometimes hard to follow (I don't believe his conclusion is always reachable from his arguments) and he indulges in oddities such as declaring that the FCC's regulation of the Internet consists only of the "four freedoms" enunciated by Chairman Michael Powell in 2004. His points about anonymity have circulated widely for years, so in order for his book to play a useful role as a canonical, principled statement, it should have been more disciplined and better organized.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C.J. Tremblay on June 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Every non-specialist on the Internet and its arcane technology should read this book. I guarantee you will no longer consult Google, post on your Facebook page, or send and receive emails with the same nonchalance as before.

Stryker offers much more than a philosophical discussion of the importance of privacy in modern day life. Along with a defense of anonymity and its link with free speech, he gives us a hands-on explanation of actions anyone can take to preserve their personal identity when "surfing". The information is presented in a completely readable and most enjoyable style.

As the author of the political novel "The Patriot Conspiracy"--about a president who conspires to abolish cash and establish a compulsory government credit card--imagine my pleasure in finding a kindred spirit when I read, on page 132, "A government that monitors and controls the flow of currency is a government that, benevolently or not, controls its people."

For its philosophical stand and its practical advice, I give this book 5 stars.

Carole Jean Tremblay, author "The Patriot Conspiracy"
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“Anonymity lets you be a different person, but it also allows you to be who you really are”- Cole Stryker

This is a great book for those of you curious as to how to not cross the line between public and private on the internet. It may also help you see the world of anonymous from a different perspective, finding it rather useful and necessary (as opposed to the common perception of harm done by trolls).

“Hacking the Future” is a useful history of the Internet’s anonymity debate. Cole Stryker elaborates on many points to explain to readers how online anonymity is discussed today, showing all sides of that misunderstood HTML world. He simplistically paints pictures for readers about who “started” anonymous, who “is” anonymous and how online activity is so precisely tracked and used to make a profit… or be the brunt of jokes. He also explains what you need to do to lessen your online footprint, so as to be truly untraceable.

It is eye opening to realize how much of your personal information is actually shared on the Internet without your permission, and Cole explains potential implications (and positive outcomes) of this unknowingly shared information. He remains unbiased throughout the text, serving more as the devil’s advocate for the debate, making the book much more thought provoking.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This book has helped me gain a better understanding of how being anonymous can work on the internet and how one can break past its barrier. As a student I can understand why someone would want to keep their social lives anonymous from others. I use social media a lot as a form of communications and I don't want others to know every detail of my life because some it it i might want to keep to myself. I love how Cole Stryker describes why people might want their details on social media to be shown privately. I would definitely recommend this book to any one of my friends who are interested in leading a more private life on the internet and whose looking for a good read.
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Format: Hardcover
Cole Stryker’s book, “Hacking the Future. Privacy, Identity, and Anonymity on the Web” is a book that everyone should read, mainly the people who aren’t computer “experts.” In this book, he writes about how our “anonymity” on the web is actually not anonymous at all, and how we as people can protect ourselves. He delves into the issues of privacy and security but does so in an understandable fashion. This book isn’t all facts and figures, but extremely easy to read because he speaks in a conversational way. This book was so informative because it examined not only the philosophical importance of protecting ourselves on the internet but he gave the reader a step by step explanation of how they can protect themselves. He writes about how the internet is now its own world and like every world it must be governed. After reading this book, you will not only think twice about what you post or send on the internet, but you will also realize the importance behind it. This book is an excellent read for not only the computer savvy people, but also the people who aren’t “computer literate” (like my mom). This book definitely deserves 5 stars.
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