Data and Goliath

  • by Bruce Schneier
  • Narrated by Dan John Miller
  • 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Data is everywhere. We create it every time we go online, turn our phones on (or off), and pay with credit cards. The data is stored, studied, and bought and sold by corporations and governments for surveillance and for control. "Foremost security expert" (Wired) and best-selling author Bruce Schneier shows how this data has led to a double-edged Internet - a Web that gives power to the people but is abused by the institutions on which those people depend.
In Data and Goliath, Schneier reveals the full extent of surveillance, censorship, and propaganda in society today, examining the risks of cybercrime, cyberterrorism, and cyberwar. He shares technological, legal, and social solutions that can help shape a more equal, private, and secure world. This is an audiobook to which everyone with an Internet connection - or bank account or smart device or car, for that matter - needs to listen.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great information

I work in the IT world and I knew a lot of this was going on. This book really helped understand a lot more of what is going on with data collection and what we can do about it. It is a very interesting read.
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- Jeremy

Paranoia abounds

Would you try another book from Bruce Schneier and/or Dan John Miller?

I admire Bruce Schneier as an expert in cybersecurity. (Oh, and Dan Miller... it's SCHNEIER, not SCHNEIDER. I was embarrassed from the get-go that the narrator couldn't pronounce the author's name.) Anyway, Mr. Schneier is a brilliant man; however, this book made him sound like the most paranoid person in the world. I imagined a tin foil hat and a cabin in the woods. While it was insightful about some of the practices of major internet companies, it was also a giant Google-hate fest for a major portion of the book.

Has Data and Goliath turned you off from other books in this genre?

I work in the cybersecurity field and enjoy gaining any additional knowledge I can from all across the spectrum; however, I think I'll read more reviews of books prior to grabbing them. This book proved to me that even people who know a lot about the subject matter can still write a book that goes off the rails on their personal opinions.

What didn’t you like about Dan John Miller’s performance?

The mispronunciation of Bruce Schneier's name, from the introduction, turned me off right away.

Did Data and Goliath inspire you to do anything?

Not particularly.

Any additional comments?

I was a bit disappointed by this book, but did see it through to the end. It's useful, albeit frustrating.

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- Jessica

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-17-2015
  • Publisher: Recorded Books