Surveillance Valley

Surveillance Valley

The Secret Military History of the Internet

Book - 2018
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"Starting in the early 1960s, there was fear in America about the proliferation of computer database and networking technologies. People worried that these systems were going to be used by both corporations and governments for surveillance and control. Indeed, the dominant cultural view at the time was that computers were tools of repression, not liberation -- and that included the ARPANET, the military research network that would grow into the Internet we use today. Surveillance Valley starts in the past, but moves into the present, looking at the private surveillance business that powers much of Silicon Valley and the overlap between the Internet and the military-industrial complex. It also investigates and uncovers the close ties that exist between U.S. intelligence agencies and the anti-government privacy movement that has sprung up in the wake of Edward Snowden's leaks. The Internet was developed as a weapon, and remains a weapon today. American military interests continue to dominate all parts of the network, even those that supposedly stand in opposition."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, [2018]
ISBN: 9781610398022
Branch Call Number: 355.34 LEVINE
Characteristics: vii, 371 pages ; 25 cm


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Aug 05, 2018

I'm a little numb after finishing the book. Naturally, I now feel like turning off my devices forever (right after I rate this book). If you are interested in privacy you must read this book, though it is a bit dry. Levine has extensive, helpful notes.

Mar 11, 2018

************************ 20 STARRED Review *******************************
Please pay close attention to what Yasha Levine has to say about TOR and the EFF [I've long believed the EFF to be a front organization, cleverly run; good people lower down {the working types}, senior exec types with CIA/NSA/DIA ties]. Did not realize the CIA was funding Chinese supremacist groups! site, run by an American expat living in New Zealand, has long been featuring articles suggesting that TOR was compromised from the get-go, and reading this book will impress on the reader what a honeypot it really appears to be.
Essentially, Jacob Appelbaum is an intelligence agency cutout - - either unknowingly or knowingly {I suspect unknowingly, as a fat salary and giant travel expense account works wonders on one's curiosity} - - working on their behalf, but Assange I've always believed to be the real deal, just a bit gullible in believing he could take on the financial elites overtly - - that is always a losing deal!
Reading this, together with Robert O'Harrow's book, No Place To Hide, and Robert Scheer's book, They Know Everything About You, should completely clue in even the most oblivious soul out there as to the full spectrum surveillance extant today.


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