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1.0 out of 5 stars History will not be kind to this book, 18 Aug. 2013
This review is from: The Revolution will be Digitised: Dispatches from the Information War (Paperback)
Part imaginative reconstruction, part factual disposition, the style gives a lot of leeway with the truth. We start with lofty quotation from Jefferson and the forward tells us breathlessly that we are at an extraordinary moment in history. We get an imaginative reconstruction of Bradley Manning, the kid, on the lead up to his historic leak and then a bit about hackers and hacker spaces. By page 45 and Icelands new information politics we are introduced to Julian Assange and the tone slides to the tabloid. We are introduced to activist Smari McCarthy here who is described in glowing terms. Understandable as he is a great and clever guy. Interestingly, he is also the person named the source later in the book when it gets to th part where she acts dishonestly and makes an unauthorised back up copy of a set of rather important cables he has allowed her access to. In fact, the whole structure and rationale of this book seems to be geared to this and once you get this central fact iall the joins show and it is difficult to take this book seriously. But we do have to take it seriously because as Heather says, we are in an information war. If we allow even silly bits of toxic nonsense like this book to go unchallenged it diminishes us all. I am new to all of this I am ashamed to say, but started to read and surf with a vengeance in the wake of Ed Snowden. I read two books on quick succession, this and John Naughtons Everything you need to know about the Internet. from Gutenberg to Zuckerberg. Naughtons take on Cablegate makes informative and thought provoking reading and I would recommend it toi readers who are new to this war. I wasn't a supporter of wiki leaks prior to reading this book, but the effect of reading it has been to make me much more sympathetic to them. This book has also called me to question Brooke's other work and her breputation in general as this type of self serving dishonesty doesn't usually manifest itself overnight. If you want to read this, please read Naughton as a corrective and get on the net. Check out Domscheit bergs ejection from the Chaos Computer Club, John Goetz from Der Spiegels statement regarding Assanges reputed comment about informants deserving to die. Lastly, look up Daniel Matthews on the Internet yourself. He has a lot to say about his friend Assange that you won't hear in this book. Some of his speeches are very moving. As I type Bradley Manning is due for sentencing and things are closing in on a lot of good young people. Shame on you Heather Brooke.
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