Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom

Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom

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By (author) Rebecca Mackinnon

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  • Publisher: BASIC BOOKS
  • Format: Hardback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 236mm x 28mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 16 February 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0465024424
  • ISBN 13: 9780465024421
  • Sales rank: 204,182

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As corporations and countries square off for control of the Internet, the likely losers are us - unless we act to protect our freedoms. Facebook, Flickr, Research in Motion, Yahoo, Ericsson and Google: what do they have in common? They are technology companies that, while drawing the rhetoric of cyberutopianism, are nonetheless willing - even keen - to undermine the freedom of their users whenever it suits them. Many nations are no better: China, Russia, Iran and even the US spy on their citizens, crush free expression, and otherwise import all of government's worst habits into the digital frontier. In "Consent of the Networked", Internet policy specialist Rebecca MacKinnon argues passionately and convincingly that it is time for us to claim respect and protection for our rights and freedoms before they are sold, legislated, programmed and engineered away. As the Arab Spring has shown, it is possible to demand what's ours. But we must start now - time is running out.

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Rebecca MacKinnon is Co-founder of Global Voices Online and a Fellow at the New America Foundation. MacKinnon is frequently interviewed by major media, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, FT, BBC and other news outlets. She lives in Washington, DC.

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James Fallows, National Correspondent, "The Atlantic""For nearly a decade, Rebecca MacKinnon has been at the center of evolving debates about how the Internet will affect democracy, privacy, individual liberties, and the other values free societies want to defend. Here she makes a persuasive and important case that, as with other technological revolutions through history, the effects of today's new communications systems, for human liberation or for oppression, will depend not on the technologies themselves but rather on the resolve of citizens to shape the way in which they are used."Joi Ito, Director, MIT Media Lab""Consent of the Networked" will become the seminal book firmly establishing the responsibility of those who control the architecture and the politics of the network to the citizens who inhabit our new digital world. "Consent of the Networked" should be required reading for all of those involved in building our networked future as well as those who live in it." Anne-Marie Slaughter, Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University""Consent of the Networked" is a must-read for anyone interested in freedom of personal and political expression in the 21st century. It's accessible, engaging, and periodically hair-raising. It should have the same impact on public awareness of the vital issues surrounding Internet freedom that 'An Inconvenient Truth' had with regard to climate change." Mary Robinson, Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and President of Ireland"The Internet poses the most complex challenges and opportunities for human rights to have emerged over the last decade. Rebecca MacKinnon's book is a clear-eyed guide through that complexity." Joseph S. Nye, Jr., University Distinguished Service Professor, Harvard University, and author of "The Future of Power""Cyber power and governance of the internet is one of the great unsolved problems of the 21st century. Rebecca MacKinnon has