Blown To Bits


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Chapter 1: Digital Explosion: Why Is It Happening, and What Is at Stake?

The Explosion of Bits, and Everything ElseThe Koans of Bits Good and Ill, Promise and Peril

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Chapter 2: Naked in the Sunlight: Privacy Lost, Privacy Abandoned

1984 Is Here, and We Like It Footprints and Fingerprints Why We Lost Our Privacy, or Gave It Away Little Brother Is Watching Big Brother, Abroad and in the U.S. Technology Change and Lifestyle Change Beyond Privacy

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Chapter 3: Ghosts in the Machine: Secrets and Surprises of Electronic Documents

What You See Is Not What the Computer Knows Representation, Reality, and Illusion Hiding Information in Images The Scary Secrets of Old Disks

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Chapter 4: Needles in the Haystack: Google and Other Brokers in the Bits Bazaar

Found After Seventy Years The Library and the Bazaar The Fall of Hierarchy It Matters How It Works Who Pays, and for What? Search Is Power You Searched for WHAT? Tracking Searches Regulating or Replacing the Brokers

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Chapter 5: Secret Bits: How Codes Became Unbreakable

Encryption in the Hands of Terrorists, and Everyone Else Historical Cryptography Lessons for the Internet Age Secrecy Changes Forever Cryptography for Everyone Cryptography Unsettled

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Chapter 6: Balance Toppled: Who Owns the Bits?

Automated Crimes, Automated Justice NET Act Makes Sharing a Crime The Peer-to-Peer Upheaval Sharing Goes Decentralized Authorized Use Only Forbidden Technology Copyright Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance The Limits of Property

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Chapter 7: You Can’t Say That on the Internet: Guarding the Frontiers of Digital Expression

Do You Know Where Your Child Is on the Web Tonight? Metaphors for Something Unlike Anything Else Publisher or Distributor? Neither Liberty nor Security The Nastiest Place on Earth The Most Participatory Form of Mass Speech Protecting Good Samaritans‚ and a Few Bad Ones Laws of Unintended Consequences Can the Internet Be Like a Magazine Store? Let Your Fingers Do the Stalking Like an Annoying Telephone Call? Digital Protection, Digital Censorship‚ and Self-Censorship

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Chapter 8: Bits in the Air: Old Metaphors, New Technologies, and Free Speech

Censoring the President How Broadcasting Became Regulated The Path to Spectrum Deregulation What Does the Future Hold for Radio?

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Edits and Errata

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