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Barefoot into Cyberspace: Adventures in search of techno-Utopia [Kindle Edition]

Becky Hogge , Christopher Scally , Damien Morris

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Barefoot into Cyberspace is an inside account of radical hacker culture and the forces that shape it, told in the year WikiLeaks took subversive geek politics into the mainstream. Including some of the earliest on-record material with Julian Assange you are likely to read, Barefoot Into Cyberspace is the ultimate guided tour of the hopes and ideals that are increasingly shaping world events.

Beginning at the Chaos Communications Congress of December 2009, where WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange and Daniel Domscheit-Berg first presented their world-changing plans to a select audience of the planet’s most skilful and motivated hackers, Barefoot Into Cyberspace interweaves an insider’s take on the drama that ensued with a thoughtful mix of personal reflections and conversations with key figures in the community aimed at testing the hopes and dreams of the early internet pioneers against the realities of the web today.

Will the internet make us more free? Or will the flood of information that courses across its networks only serve to enslave us to powerful interests that are emerging online? How will the institutions of the old world – politics, the media, corporations – affect the hackers’ dream for a new world populated not by passive consumers but by active participants? And can we ever live up to their vision of technology’s, and its users’, potential?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2625 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Barefoot Publishing Limited (18 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DF6LWI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #463,276 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 4 Dec. 2011
By Gerald - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book because I heard Becky interviewed on the Ubuntu podcast. It's an excellent read. It really opened my eyes to a few things. 20 years ago the internet was a wild west where everything was possible, people were starting businesses, people were expressing themselves freely. Today our web experiences are dominated and controlled by a handful of (American) companies: Facebook (controlling our social interactions), Google (controlling what we find, and don't find when we search online), Amazon (dominating online retailing), Apple (control freaks) (sorry Microsoft, you don't even make it on to the bad-list!)

Becky talks to a lot of people who are trying to keep the idealism alive and ensure that these companies don't accumulate even more power.

Overall an excellent introduction to the issue of freedom online.
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