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If you could sum up Surveillance Valley in three words, what would they be?
Frightening, Fascinating, and Provocative.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Levine gives us great capsule descriptions of many of the Silicon Valley oligarchs and the writers who celebrate them. However, it was Jacob Applebaum who interested me the most. Such a flamboyant figure who on the one hand was working with Assange and Wikileaks, and on the other was promoting the US government funded TOR Project to the hilt, and getting paid to do so. Truly stranger than fiction.
Which scene was your favorite?
The entire book was fascinating but it is Levine's research into TOR, and its connection to the US military intelligence complex that is most riveting, and also deeply disturbing. Most disturbing is the willingness of so-called internet privacy groups and activists to see Silicon Valley and the US government as somehow at odds on this issue, and to believe that we can somehow code our way around the prying eyes of the CIA and NSA.
Any additional comments?
If you are thinking about getting this book you will not be disappointed. The writing and narration are great, and this is really essential information for anybody who spends time on the internet.
What an in-depth look at surveillance. This book starts off fascinating and interesting, and it never lets up. LJ Ganser I think is a good narrator for this novel as well. This is one of the best investigative books that looks into surveillance by use of the internet. It also touches on how it has affected the lives of everyday people, especially in and around Silicon Valley.
This was such an intriguing book! I would highly recommend it. Great listen and fantastic novel!