Austin Computer Book Club

May ’19: Data and Goliath

"Data and Goliath" book cover
The votes are in and we have a winner – for our May 2019 meetup we’ll be discussing Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World, by Bruce Schneier.

Your online and in-store purchasing patterns are recorded, and reveal if you’re unemployed, sick, or pregnant. Google knows what you’re thinking because it saves your private searches. Facebook can determine your sexual orientation without you ever mentioning it.

The powers that surveil us do more than simply store this information. Corporations use surveillance to manipulate not only the news articles and advertisements we each see, but also the prices we’re offered. Governments use surveillance to discriminate, censor, chill free speech, and put people in danger worldwide.

Much of this is voluntary, but have we given up more than we’ve gained? In Data and Goliath, security expert Bruce Schneier offers another path, one that values both security and privacy. He shows us exactly what we can do to reform our government surveillance programs and shake up surveillance-based business models, while also providing tips for you to protect your privacy every day.

Where to find a copy of this title:

The meetup will be on Tuesday, May 28 at 6:30PM at our usual location: the office of our sponsor (and my employer) ActiveProspect, 4203 Guadalupe in Hyde Park. It’s on multiple bus lines and has plenty of free parking; come and join us!

Be sure to RSVP on Meetup so we’ll have plenty of pizza and drinks for everyone.

See you there!

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