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The Dataminer [Kindle Edition]

Robert Kull
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What if all of your internet activity were cataloged and the information stored and accumulated over the course of many months, years, or even your entire lifetime? Would you feel comfortable knowing your entire browsing history was being saved, searched, and analyzed? Would you mind if all of your internet activity was collected, bought and sold for marketing purposes? What would happen if a rogue actor obtained the information for some other purpose? A much darker purpose?

The proliferation and advancement of tracking technology, data analysis, and social media, combined with the lack of legal and technological privacy protection is cause for great concern. A major stumbling block to privacy protection is the complex nature of the web of technology that forms the internet. This complexity encourages apathy. In The Dataminer, Robert Kull explores the dangerous possibilities that result from the total collapse of privacy in the digital age. The Dataminer tells the thrilling (and sometimes humorous) story of Falcon Martin, a brilliant young computer programmer and entrepreneur who discovers a dangerous secret inherent in the structure of the web. The discovery lands him in a battle between good and evil that has spanned many lifetimes. The Dataminer integrates easy to understand explanations of real world internet and privacy technology with a frightening story of the lust for power.

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  • File Size: 228 KB
  • Print Length: 188 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1468179357
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071F7NDY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,310,152 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Becomes fantasy February 10, 2012
By Bob
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was heading for a five star review until about 60% of the way through when it changed to fantasy. Initially the story was a mix between fact and fiction with a software designer producing some data mining (allows information to be collected sorted etc to give info that is not easily available) software. This together with some murders that seemed disconnected from the main story made riveting reading and I was expecting some sort of conspiracy or similar however it changes to a "fantasy" story which deals with the paranormal interfacing with the internet and becomes to me lots of jargon which I was not familiar with and did not seem to be a logical progression from the main story. I like science fiction / fantasy stories but for me the mix did not work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timely Topic - Riveting Read February 2, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Anyone involved with the internet, especially those concerned with the use of personal data inherent in the system, will enjoy this thought-provoking cliffhanger.

The author sparks our imaginations with the question - "What if a rogue individual with evil intentions used a highly sophisticated data mining system to control individuals, social groups, governments, and even the world?"

Not only is the technology "spot on," but this fast-paced thriller smacks us in the face with reality. The world is full of evil and smart hackers and even smarter programmers could easily make this nightmare scenario come true. Read it and worry.

Just when you thought it was safe to use the internet....You just might go back to playing Pong.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The internet is less secure than you might believe... October 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Even for someone already deep into the computer engineering industry, there is a lot of information to be had from this book. There are many ways to do a techno-thriller wrong, and one of the major ways is to focus more on the heavy technical side of things and less on the story. The Dataminer did things the right way by having the technical side of things part of the story by having a knowledgeable character explaining it to another character that doesn't know as much. The way it was written makes the information less preachy or like a technical manual and more informative as characters in the story are interacting. The plot and the action still came first with the 'techno' part of the thriller just being the catalyst and not the story itself. Very well written. About 50% through the book you now know who all the characters are and their relationships, but you still can't stop reading to see what will happen when certain characters interact.

The Dataminer is just a very well written book, the only things I didn't like was the spiritual/religious aspect and how short it was. This book could have been another 400 pages and I would not have batted an eye and still would not have been able to put it down! A great read for anyone that uses the internet and thinks they have any level of privacy...
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More About the Author

Robert Kull, bestselling author of The Dataminer, began his research into computer culture when his grandfather introduced him to the Tandy Portable Computer. After acquiring his own Timex Sinclair 1000 as a Christmas gift and becoming the only third-grader certified by his elementary school to operate the Apple IIe, Robert Kull entered the new digital era. Robert Kull fused his informal IT training with his education in sociology, psychology, and political science, to create The Dataminer, his first work of fiction.

"Society has completely accepted Google and other internet providers and invited them into their offices, homes, and bedrooms," reflects Robert Kull. "These companies go where no one has gone before. In The Dataminer, I wanted to demonstrate what could happen when honest people leak their private information online. It can be dangerous today, and almost certainly will be even more so in the future."

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