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Take Back Your Privacy

- The Barefoot Anarchist's Guide to Navigating Today's Digital Landscape
 Author: David Haywood Young  Category: Civil Liberties, Digital Transformation, Privacy, Public Policy, Surveillance  Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform  Published: February 4, 2016  ISBN: 1523634995  Pages: 272

These are just a couple of starting points. The author, with decades of experience in the field, takes us on a journey through the digital landscape. Exhaustively researched, with hundreds of links, it’s nevertheless written in an informal and entertaining style.

Do you know the difference between “a web browser” and “the internet”? That’s about all you’ll need, to start. When you’re done with this book, you’ll know more than most IT (information technology) professionals. You’ll be able to analyze the claims made by tech bloggers and those who flog their own products. You’ll know much, much more about the risks to your privacy and anonymity–and why they’re both so important–in today’s fast-moving world.

Then, at the end, the author tells how he once went to jail for trying to help protect thousands of college students (including himself). It’s a chilling reminder of just how easily “spin” can replace substance. And yet, it’s a funny story.

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