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Freedom lost, freedom won,
This review is from: Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion (Hardcover)
Three venerable veterans of the digital age explore the consequences the introduction of information technology has had for society. They do so in eight overlapping chapters that can be read in any order. Pinpointing (moral) dilemmas without becoming judgmental is their strongest point.
Privacy, of course, is a returning issue in this book, but far more interesting are the explorations into lesser known subjects, such as the fact that it is increasingly difficult to destroy information. Deleted passages in Word-documents are actually retained and formatting a hard drive is not enough the erase its contents, as many have found to their shame. Information has become such a powerful instrument in the hands of lawyers (for instance of the record industry) that even the innocent better yield to their demands.
This book is one of the best studies I've read on the interaction between society and ict. Lives have been saved by computers, lives have been lost, freedoms won, freedoms lost. The balance is still in the making.