"a lively journey around some of the characters and debates that regularly make headlines. [Brooke] is especially well placed to pierce the veil - as a fearlessly independent investigative journalist who won't take no for an answer, she has an ability to gain access to nooks and crannies that many do not even imagine to exist...Brooke has a burning commitment and an agenda but starry-eyed she is not...[the book's] contribution is significant, and readably so...We have been warned." (Financial Times)
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