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The Revolution will be Digitised: Dispatches from the Information War [Paperback]

Heather Brooke
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"Brooke hasn't set out to write just another inside account of the Wikileaks saga: this is a mélange of anecdote, imagination and experience designed to open our eyes to the possibility of digital change ... feisty and vivid and honest." (Guardian)

"Brooke has a serious agenda and she poses serious questions ... We have been warned." (Financial Times)

"A demanding, illuminating read." (Independent on Sunday)

"A robust examination of the race for control of information in our digital age." (Sunday Times Culture)

"She's a total ninja." (Ben Goldacre)

Book Description

Timely and gripping Investigation of how the internet is transforming politics by award-winning journalist Heather Brooke.

From the Back Cover

There's more information in the world than ever - but who's in control?

At the centre sits the Establishment: governments, corporations and powerful individuals who have more knowledge about us, and more power, than ever before. Circling them is a new generation of hackers, pro-democracy campaigners and internet activists who no longer accept that the Establishment should run the show.

In her gripping, revelatory new book, award-winning journalist and campaigner Heather Brooke takes us inside the Information War, from the hackerspaces of Boston and Berlin to the UK's journalism hub and Iceland's free speech revolution; from the headquarters of Google and Facebook to Collateral Murder, Cablegate and the murky word of Julian Assange and Wikileaks.

Along the way she explores the most urgent questions of the digital age: where is the balance between freedom and security? In an online world, does privacy still exist? And will the internet empower individuals, or usher in a new age of censorship, surveillance and oppression?

Praise for The Silent State

'Passionate, eloquent and persuasive' Times Book of the Week

'Wonderful... Heather Brooke has changed British public culture and earned an essential place in our national history' Peter Oborne

'***** If you care about our so-called democracy, you must read this profoundly shocking book' Mail on Sunday

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Heather Brooke is a journalist and Freedom of Information campaigner based in London who is famous for uncovering the MPs' expenses scandal. She writes for the main national papers and has worked as a consultant and presenter for Channel 4’s Dispatches. She is a visiting professor at City University's Department of Journalism and is also the author of Your Right to Know and The Silent State. In 2009 she was named Reformer of the Year and has won numerous awards, including the Setting the Political Agenda Award from the Political Studies Association and, in 2010, Judges' Prize at the British Press Awards.
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