Cypherpunks - Freedom and the Future of The Internet
This book is published in an unconventional style, instead of narration or story telling, it is written as an conversation that did really happened between
Julian Assange (Wikileaks)
Jacob-Applebaum (Tor contributor)
Andy Muller-Maghun (member of Chaos Computer club)
Jeremie Zimmermanan (a french computer activist).
Assange from Australia, Jacob from America, Andy from Germany and Jeremie from France discuss about the issue with the Internet from their respective nations and worldwide.
The conversation between these 4 people are thought provoking. They put forward lot of questions in front of us and helps us to understand how Internet's Centralized architecture is a big flaw.
The Ultimate aim of the book is to create awareness on communicating securely without the need to lose one's privacy with the help of Cryptography and that requires Free Software to achieve.
They also talk about how the so-called technology giants like Google, Amazon, Paypal, eBay, VISA, Mastercard are monopolizing their service and thus working in the control of their respective Government to achieve Mass Surveillance on their own Netizens (Citizens on network).
This can be disrupted by rethinking and redesigning the Internet's architecture to be Truly De-Centralized. Something like how Napster (peer-to-peer music streaming service) and Torrent (peer-to-peer file sharing protocol and web services) changed the way people consume those services by-passing the monopoly control by technology giants, Internet service providers and Governments, who decide what we should see / use and what we shouldn't.
Their topic then extends towards the Anonymous Crypto-currency (BitCoin), the way it works and how its decentralized nature helped it grow gradually and now being adopted by countries like former Soviet Union, China and even at United States of America.
I would give this book 4.5 stars out of 5 and encourage others to read this. Trust me guys, you will really enjoy the conversation between the 4.
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