Books for the Digital Citizen

Annie Coreno -- October 15th, 2013

Before you read Dave Eggers’s The Circle and swear off Twitter or the internet forever, read these books. Like it or not, we’re living in a technology-crazed world. Rather than sulk about it, it’s time we embrace the change. Here are some new books to help you do so.

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Spying on Democracy: Government Surveillance, Corporate Power and Public Resistance by Heidi Boghosian

>_National Lawyers Guild Executive Director Heidi Boghosian’s purpose is not necessarily to dissuade you from using technology but rather unveil how your personal information is being used and the various implications of its use.  Michael German, a former FBI agent, says its best in his blurb: This book provides “the answer to the question, ‘if you’re not doing anything wrong, why should you care if someone is watching you?’ ”

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Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed by Alexis Ohanian

>_An inspiring tale of success in the internet age. Reddit cofounder Ohanian leads by example showing readers how to harness the potential of the internet by sharing his own success. More importantly, Ohanian shines light on how politics threaten the open internet.

 

9781594204456.jpgSmarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing our Minds for the Better by Clive Thompson

>_When it comes to technology, Clive Thompson sees the glass half full. Rather than a definitive take on technology, this book is more of a counter point to arguments against the digital revolution. Thompson engages readers while leaving room to debate. It’s a stepping stone for skeptics.

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