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"Anne Mintz has once again assembled some savvy writers who have a lot to teach us about being safe on the web. The dangers of social media command our attention now more than ever, and this book is a must-read for anyone who socializes, shops, or interacts online. In other words, all of us!" —Ari L. Goldman, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism


"Anne Mintz and her contributors approach intentional misinformation thoughtfully, knowledgeably, and with a refreshing lack of hysteria. The book sparkles with insight, expertise, wit, and dramatic—if appalling—examples of deception on the Net."  —Reva Basch, executive editor, Super Searchers book series, on Web of Deception



"[N]ot merely essential for our cyber age, but quintessential."  —Christopher Buckley, author, Thank You For Smoking, on Web of Deception



"The subject of misinformation is of growing importance and Anne Mintz's new book uses timely examples to make information abuse come alive. Anyone interested in understanding the challenges 'big data' present to researchers will find Ms. Mintz’s guidance valuable."—Stephen E. Arnold, ArnoldIT.com


"A fascinating and disturbing series of essays about the abuses of social media—a topic that could not be more timely."—Peter Beinart, associate professor of journalism and political science, CUNY

About the Author

Anne P. Mintz formerly worked for several decades as director of information centers in the fields of media and investment banking. She is the author of Web of Deception. She lives in New York City.
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Information Today, Inc. (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0910965919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0910965910
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Terms such as revolutionary, groundbreaking and the like are often used in reference to the web and social media. While for the most part true, the web and social media have also been revolutionary and groundbreaking for scammers and con men.

In previous years, classic scams such as the Nigerian 419 scam were restrained by the costs and logistics of fax and hard copy distribution. Even using bulk mail, the cost of sending out a million letters was enormous. Today, tens of millions of emails can be quickly, inexpensively and anonymously distributed.

In Web of Deceit: Misinformation and Manipulation in the Age of Social Media, editor Anne Mintz is one of 10 contributors to this book that analyzes why the information superhighway is also a highway of lies, deceit, manipulation, scams and similar nefarious things.

One of the problems of books written by numerous contributors is that the writers often step on each other and create redundant content, often moving away from the theme of the book. Mintz did an excellent job ensuring that all of the chapters are on different topics without any overlap, and all the authors stay on theme.

In chapter 2 on guarding Your Privacy and Identity, Cynthia Hetherington suggests the following exercise to better understand how scammers and marketers find victims. For 3 days, keep a journal of all the times you share your name, address, phone number, credit card number, use a grocery store coupon, answer unsolicited mail, reply to telemarketing calls and the like. After 3 days, you will understand how much personal information is indiscriminately given out.

Hetherington also provides information on to monitor the flow of your personal data and lists numerous agencies and their URL's on how to opt-out.
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Learned a lot, I will now be much more aware of the information I leave online. I would recommend the eBook version.
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