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Consent of the Networked [PDF / EPUB] Consent of the Networked The Internet was going to liberate us but in truth it has not For every story about the web’s empowering role in events such as the Arab Spring there are many about the uiet corrosion of civil liber The Internet was going to liberate us but in truth it has not For every story about the web’s empowering role in events such as the Arab Spring there are many about the uiet corrosion of civil liberties by companies and governments using the same digital technologies we Consent of eBook Õ have come to depend upon Sudden changes in Facebook’s features and privacy settings have exposed identities of protestors to police in Egypt and Iran Apple removes politically controversial apps at the behest of governments as well as for its own commercial reasons Dozens of Western companies sell surveillance technology to dictatorships around the world Google struggles with censorship demands from governments in a range of countries — many of them democracies — as well as mounting public concern over the vast uantities of information it collects about its usersIn  Consent of the Networked journalist and Internet policy specialist Rebecca MacKinnon argues that it is time to fight for our rights before they are sold legislated programmed and engineered away Every day the corporate sovereigns of cyberspace make decisions that affect our physical freedom — but without our consent Yet the traditional solution to unaccountable corporate behavior — government regulation — cannot stop the abuse of digital power on its own and sometimes even contributes to itA clarion call to action Consent of the Networked shows that it is time to stop arguing over whether the Internet empowers people and address the urgent uestion of how technology should be governed to support the rights and liberties of users around the world.

10 thoughts on “Consent of the Networked

  1. says:

    It's not surprising that some of this book is already dated or that additional examples of how we the networked are giving over consent to the ISPs and companies It's also not surprising that Ms MacKinnon a reporter formerly based in China would go into much detail about how the Chinese regime controls the network and access The result however is a book that is starting to feel a little dated nothing about Google's new one policyone login serves all policy or about Salman Rushdie's Facebook fight to be known by that name as opposed to his real name and where the reader may wonder about how countries other than those in the Middle East America or China are dealing with some of these issues A concrete plan or suggestions on how we can help form and affect policy would also have been helpfulOnce you get past those problems however this is a good snapshot of how our desire to be networked and to communicate with friends colleagues and strangers via all the social media tools and old fashioned tools like e mail has been affected by our government's censorship and the corporate leadership at places like Cisco Google Yahoo and Facebook I did wonder how if Facebook will change as Mark Zuckerberg ages and has children or if anyone has pressured him to be in a room with some of the people who are most at risk thanks to the use your real name transparency push This is the sort of book that should be excerpted as reuired reading for high school students to help them start to think about the implications of how and where they're interacting with others on line It also works as a way to show teacher and professors why these tools are such powerful primary sources when dealing with current events in addition to being a cautionary tale about power elites and their control of the masses

  2. says:

    In the era of SOPA PIPA warrantless wiretapping for profit social media sites and this is a must read bookIn the US Europe China Iran and elsewhere Rebecca MacKinnon tackles issues that boi down to the need for an Internet bill of rights sometimes vis a vis big government and sometimes vis a vis big business She also notes some of the conundrums this involves like big government trying to regulate big business western Internet related companies selling euipment Cisco and routers a classic example to repressive government Internet platforms cozying up to said governments and The bottom line is as MacKinnon makes clear even if answers aren't easy we need answers We need them in specific legal and regulatory form And we need them soon

  3. says:

    Close to an ideal introduction to issues of Internet regulation Balanced discussion of the dangers to an open Internet may they come from cooperations and governments democratic or non democratic and possible remedies Highly readable with illustrating anecdotes and helpful examples Should be mandatory reading for politicians tasked with Internet policy

  4. says:

    Well done and extensive MacKinnon hits all of the key issues and locales China Washington DC the streets of the Arab spring This is very much much a piece of advocacy journalism and one I'm on side with but also nuanced and fair about the strategic and policy challenges facing corporations NGOs activists and democratic governments A great and look at a rapidly evolving issue

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    Consent of the NetworkedThe Worldwide Struggle for Internet FreedomRebecca MacKinnonNetizen A citizen of the internetHacktivist When the Egyptian government shut down the Internet on January 27 2011 a worldwide community of activist programmers and engineers hacktivists sprang into action Internet and mobile service providers in Egypt were down but as long as there were phone and fax machines capable of making and receiving international calls there were still ways for Egyptians to connect to the InternetSo this book is a great read It looks and discusses the global level of internet freedoms and securities as well as the rights of US citizens as they are sold legislated programmed and engineered away The complex relationship with mostly American born internet service providers operating in foreign countries under their laws China blocks many popular American sites like Facebook Twitter and Wordpress Blog It is easier for the Chinese Government to control user posts with Chinese sites and increase users by population alone This in turn appeals to foreign stock investors who know Chinese Sites will be worth moneyWhile recent laws in the US have compromised privacy and security of citizens such as hastily passed Patriot Act there are other security risks brought on by company devises and consumer naïveté While passwords are protected they are not user specific The new IPhone 5 has a fingerprint option that is specific to users and can NEVER be replaced If leaked and things get leaked that information could have irreversible damage to regular Joe data userWhere does this leave CTEP members? We teach on internet security to students especially in the Northstar e mail and internet use We use popular programs to promote CTEP and interact with our cohorts The internet freedom advocacy group Access Now published a summary of the Charter's ten core principals1 University and Euality 2Rights and Social Justice 3 Accessibility 4 Expression and Association 5 Privacy and Data Protection 6 Life Liberty and Security 7 Diversity 8 Network Euality 8 Standards and Regulation 10 GovernanceThis code reminds me a lot of the AmeriCorps Pledge

  6. says:

    A couple of weeks ago I read Who Controls the Internet which covered in part nation states’ role in reasserting national boundaries in cyberspace Consent of the Networked examines threats to the open internet both from states and corporations The threats are not always overt like the Chinese state apparatus that keeps the Chinese internet connected to the global net only through a half dozen filtered gateways or the common suppression of social networks in times of social unrest as we witnessed in Tunisia and Egypt during their respective revolutions and in Iran during the controversial reelection of former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad The author also examines indirect threats to an open internet; the irresponsible privacy policies at Facebook for instance which issue updates that change privacy settings without giving appropriate forewarning In some countries a policy update that exposes bloggers tweeters etc’s real identities can lead to imprisonment or worse Other threats include the end of Net Neutrality an end which might channel people into using particular social networks If those networks are as cavalier about user info as places like Yahoo and Facebook have been activists and others could be compromised all too easily MacKinnon also sees overly aggressive attempts by companies to protect their intellectual property as a threat to free expressionIntriguingly MacKannon does not demonize solely the private sector or the public; both have compromised people and the free democracies have few bragging rights just recently the United States and United Kingdom were both named as ‘enemies of the Internet’ for their intensive surveillance Sometimes public and private work together as when Cisco became a partner to China in its firewall enterprise and Yahoo thoughtlessly handed over user info when reuestedagain by China MacKinnon isn’t particularly enthusiastic about the United Nations either but holds that international agreements are a necessary road forward given the internet’s global nature While the only surprise here for me was the degree of European governments' internet surveillance and strictures Given their constant run ins with Google over privacy I'd had the impression they were better about safeguarding private internet security than the US

  7. says:

    This was a great primer on some of the issues surrounding digital rights and freedom and I enjoyed reading it I feel a bit mean giving it three stars hence a review that I would not normally write My reasoning is that there have been so many technological social and political changes since the book was written that a lot of the details are no longer accuratereliable The book helped to frame my thinking around the subject matter especially from non western perspectives but I was kind of aware throughout that I was not getting a good sense of the current status of these issues I’m glad to have read it anyway

  8. says:

    For a single book to embody the thing that allows so much of this era to have knowledge at the touch of its hands is a mouthful With well written streamed facts and honesty and an attempt to stay clear of opinion this book does a fine job of encapsulating the politics of internet

  9. says:

    Enlightening and important for any participant in the Internet revolution ie every single person in the developed world on the face of the Earth

  10. says:

    Oh oh oh how we take the internet for grantedMany reviewers on Goodreads have already pointed out that a lot of the content in this book is already outdated given the mutable nature of the internet However as stated above we really do take the internet for granted How many internet users are aware of their digital rights or even fight for those rights? How many internet users actually read the Terms of Agreements when signing up to Twitter Facebook Gmail or even Goodreads? How many internet users think about whether or not someone is keeping track of their search engine? How many internet users are aware of the corporate companies that are behind the tools we use? In fact how many people could truly explain how the internet works?That's my point I think so so so many people take the internet for granted We log on and are ready to be entertainedSo in this book the author writes extensively about the digital platform and internet freedom The author argues that our rights on the internet need to be defended and that we shouldn't allow corporations to collude with governments to violate our freedom and rights simply so that they can make profit and gain control to the max We should be able to hold them accountable if we want to defend our freedom Having lived in China the author draws a lot of examples from their in addition to North Africa and Iran She doesn't just show stories of activists in authoritarian countries who make use of the internet to spread information in their country and topple dictators but also sheds light to activists and data that were given away by internet companies to authoritarian regimes which has resulted in their imprisonments The digital world is truly murky Instead of arguing whether or not the internet is good for democracy and freedom of speech the author proposes that we instead think about how to defend our rights and freedom of speech in the best way possible and hold companies and government accountable if our rights are infringed A lot of what the author talks about ties in with democracy laws and the relationships between internet companies and government Unfortunately if democracy cannot be implemented in real life how are we to expect it to work in the digital realm? The author herself states that common ground needs to be found across the globe in regards to internet freedom but she doesn't provide any concrete ideas on how to achieve that Overall a very depressing book that I kept avoiding even though it wasn't too long a lot of references in the back of the book So much about the digital world is invisible that it becomes difficult for the average internet user to think about Most of us don't even give a thought about it which is scary Good luck everybody

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