Means of Control

How the Hidden Alliance of Tech and Government Is Creating a New American Surveillance State

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Published Feb. 27, 2024 by Crown Publishing Group, The.

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For the past five years—ever since a chance encounter at a dinner party—journalistByron Tau has been piecing together a secret story: how the whole of the internet and every digital device in the world became a mechanism of intelligence, surveillance, and monitoring.

Of course, our modern world is awash in surveillance. Most of us are dimly aware of this: Ever get the sense that an ad is “following” you around the internet? But the true potential of our phones, computers, homes, credit cards, and even the tires underneath our cars to reveal our habits and behavior would astonish most citizens. All of this surveillance has produced an extraordinary amount of valuable data about every one of us. That data is for sale—and the biggest customer is the U.S. government.

In the years after 9/11, the U.S. government, working with scores of anonymous companies, many scattered across bland Northern Virginia suburbs, …

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What you already knew, with more.

4 stars

Nice to see a relatively recent write up on the topic of data brokerage and how your data is exploited. If you're coming to the subject anew, it'll blow your mind. Otherwise, there are some nice (newer) stories about how bad it has become.

I enjoyed the book.