- Taschenbuch: 368 Seiten
- Verlag: Free Press; Auflage: Reprint (17. Januar 2006)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0743287053
- ISBN-13: 978-0743287050
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 2,1 x 21,6 cm
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No Place to Hide (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 17. Januar 2006
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George Orwell envisioned Big Brother as an outgrowth of a looming totalitarian state, but in this timely survey Robert O'Harrow Jr. portrays a surveillance society that's less centralized and more a joint public/private venture. Indeed, the most frightening aspect of the Washington Post reporter's thoroughly researched and naggingly disquieting chronicle lies in the matter-of-fact nature of information hunters and gatherers and the insatiable systems they've concocted. Here is a world where data is gathered by relatively unheralded organizations that smooth the way for commercial entities to find the good customers and avoid dicey ones. Government of course too has an interest in the data that's been mined. Information is power, especially when trying to find the bad guys. The mutually compatible skills and needs shared by private and public snoopers were fusing prior to the attacks of 9/11, but the process has since gone into hyperdrive. O'Harrow weaves together vignettes to record the development of the "security-industrial complex," taking pains to personalize his chronicle of a movement that's remained (perhaps purposefully) faceless. Recognizing the appeal of state-of-the-art systems that can track down a murderer/rapist with heretofore unimaginable speed, the author recognizes, too, that the same devices can mistakenly destroy reputations and cast a pall over a free society. In a post-9/11 world where homeland security often trumps personal liberty, this work is an eye-opener for those who take their privacy for granted. --Steven Stolder -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
"Mr. O'Harrow provides in these pages an authoritative and vivid account of the emergence of a 'security-industrial complex' and the far-reaching consequences for ordinary Americans...an alarming vision of the future uncannily reminiscent of the world imagined by Orwell in 1984."
-- Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"Today, we are constantly tagged, monitored, studied, sorted and tracked by a vast array of institutions and organizations -- private and public. As Robert O'Harrow, Jr., details in No Place to Hide, it is worse than we could ever have imagined. In this revealing book, O'Harrow makes clear that Americans need to think seriously about these issues now -- before it is too late for us to decide that we care."
-- The Washington Post
"No Place to Hide might just do for privacy protection what Rachel Carson's Silent Spring did for environmental protection. [O'Harrow's] is the work of a careful, thorough, enterprising reporter."
-- William Safire, The New York Times Book Review
Kirkus Reviews From Starbucks to the subway to the sidewalk, you are being watched....O'Harrow voices a clear concern over the ethics of such snooping...persuasively delineating how that information is abused and how unavoidable mistakes have profound consequences. A skillful chart of a surveillance society out of control.
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Robert tells you who (and its a list thats growing everyday) is compiling your personal info and and how it is being used and sold to and the ways that the companies/government are using it. The thing that troubled me most is that although the government supposedly has restrictions as to what/how they obtain your personal information, private companies are not bound by any restrictions. By making your life more convenient - your information is being stored, catagorized, rated & updated with your every transaction, loan request and legal issues.
Knowledge is power and this book gives its readers plenty of it to at least know what we are up against.
This review will also go into a database shared by many companies.
As for government spying. We know now that the government is surveying us in much greater and more Orwellian ways than we would have thought possible. Unfortunately, this is what I wanted to learn more about and is pretty much missing from the book. Also, there is no "solution" provided. How can we protect ourselves?
Mainly, I was disapointed be because every person mentioned in the book has a drawn out biography provided about them. I really didn't care how the CEO of a data mining company grew up. I wanted to learn about the subject of the book, not history of indivuals.
Its not a bad book, but I grew tired of the biographies and the content didn't surprise me or frighten me enough to be real impressed.
All of the above was somewhat a revelation, at least to general public, back in 2005. Unfortunately this information, for anyone who has been reading even any type of decent newspaper, is pretty much out there. The book provides no really new information on how our personal information has been being used or gathered since it was written in 2005. Hence the best description for this book is, in a nutshell, "dated".
Good book on an important subject. Get it read it and know a little more about your wonderful country.
July 10 2013: Two years...Edward Snowden...
Holy cr*p! Holy cr*p!