The Revolution Will be Digitised: Dispatches from the Information War

The Revolution Will be Digitised: Dispatches from the Information War

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By (author) Heather Brooke

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  • Publisher: Windmill Books
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 198mm x 18mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 6 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099538083
  • ISBN 13: 9780099538080
  • Sales rank: 558,039

Product description

There is more information in the world than ever before - but who's in control? 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. Award-winning journalist and campaigner Heather Brooke takes us inside the Information War and 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?

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Author information

Heather Brooke is a journalist and Freedom of Information campaigner based in London who is famous for uncovering the MPs' expenses scandal. She writes for the main national papers and has worked as a consultant and presenter for Channel 4's Dispatches. She is a visiting professor at City University's Department of Journalism and is also the author of Your Right to Know and The Silent State. In 2009 she was named Reformer of the Year and has won numerous awards, including the Setting the Political Agenda Award from the Political Studies Association and, in 2010, Judges' Prize at the British Press Awards.

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There is more information in the world than ever before - but who's in control? 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. Award-winning journalist and campaigner Heather Brooke takes us inside the Information War and 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?

Editorial reviews

a lively journey around some of the characters and debates that regularly make headlines. [Brooke] is especially well placed to pierce the veil - as a fearlessly independent investigative journalist who won't take no for an answer, she has an ability to gain access to nooks and crannies that many do not even imagine to exist...Brooke has a burning commitment and an agenda but starry-eyed she is not...[the book's] contribution is significant, and readably so...We have been warned.