Heather Brooke

Rise of the Keyboard Warriors

This Machine Kills Secrets: How WikiLeakers, Hacktivists, and Cypherpunks Aim to Free the World’s Information

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There’s more information in the world than ever before. In August 2010 Google’s then CEO, Eric Schmidt, told an audience an astounding statistic: every two days we create as much data as humanity did from the dawn of civilisation up until 2003.

Even more astoundingly, this new data is liquid. It costs virtually nothing to reproduce and share. It is, as Forbes writer Andy Greenberg points out in This Machine Kills Secrets, ‘frictionlessly mobile, fundamentally leakable’.

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