The Revolution Will Be Digitised
At the centre sits the Establishment: governments, corporations and powerful individuals who have more knowledge about us, and more power, than ever before. Circling them is a new generation of hackers, pro-democracy campaigners and internet activists who no longer accept that the Establishment should run the show.
In her gripping, revelatory new book, award-winning journalist and campaigner Heather Brooke takes us inside the Information War, from the hackerspaces of Boston and Berlin to the UK’s journalism hub and Iceland’s free speech revolution; from the headquarters of Google and Facebook to Collateral Murder, Cablegate and the murky word of Julian Assange and Wikileaks.
Along the way she explores the most urgent questions of the digital age: where is the balance between freedom and security? In an online world, does privacy still exist? And will the internet empower individuals, or usher in a new age of censorship, surveillance and oppression?
Reviews of The Revolution Will Be Digitised
A vivid snapshot of the internet “information war” between the powerful and the people: between governments or corporations and the activist hackers who are calling them to account.
Brooke is no mere raconteur: she has a serious agenda and she poses serious questions [...] she is right to alert us to the dangers that governments will turn to international rules to stifle justified freedom of expression, as they recognise their impotence to enforce national laws. We have been warned.
Brooke is passionate about the need for [...] freedom, citing numerous alarming examples of the spread of corporate and state data power via the internet.
A vivid dispatch from the digital battlefield.
Brooke [has] extensive scope to examine the opportunities and threats posed by the new channels open to both citizens and the government. She develops these points eloquently and reveals the complex and intricate web of rules which dictates how much the public know.
[..] utterly inspiring. It is an excellent expose of one of the key issues of the day, and essential 21st century reading.