- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: William Heinemann (18 Aug. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0434020907
- ISBN-13: 978-0434020904
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 687,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Revolution will be Digitised: Dispatches from the Information War Paperback – 18 Aug 2011
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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)
"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)
Timely and gripping Investigation of how the internet is transforming politics by award-winning journalist Heather Brooke.See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
Heather Brooke's latest book takes a long, hard, look at the battle for open information in the digital era, and offers a difficult critique of how governments might still just about be winning. The fascinating narrative of the Wikileaks Afghan war logs, Iraq war logs, and Cablegate data leaks, and the effect on all those involved, is threaded through the book.
The vital point is this: the open nature of the internet, that you probably appreciate if you are reading this blog, can be used for good or evil. Governments can use technology to be more transparent, or they can use it to spy on, and suppress, their citizens. It might seem obvious, but it needs someone like Brooke to eloquently drive the point home.
I found "The Revolution will be Digitised" utterly inspiring. It is an excellent expose of one of the key issues of the day, and essential 21st century reading.
Since then, she has written an excellent book on freedom of information, The Silent State (2010), detailing how data which has been collected using public money is regularly withheld from the public. For anyone who has tried to use the Freedom of Information act, that book rang horribly true.
Her latest, The Revolution Will be Digitised, is an account of the Wikileaks saga, interspersed with reflections on the consequences of electronic communication networks for law, journalism, surveillance, national security, privacy and anonymity.
For me, it was less convincing than The Silent State. Part of the problem is one of technique. Some of the chapters are written in 'creative nonfiction' style, 'reconstructing' scenes using the procedures of fiction. This is always a rather dubious approach.
Another part of the problem is her weakness for windy philosophising about free speech. The questions she raises about the political and social consequences of an online world are hugely important, but the benefits and costs of the rise of the internet are examined in a very cursory way.Read more ›
I don't particularly like the title of the book as I don't think it serves Heather's real intentions well. And I prefer receptive reasoning as opposed to rejective reasoning because it is much more effective at influencing people in the long term. In this sense, for me, the words 'Revolution' and 'War' are too strong. I would prefer to couch the so-called 'digital revolution' / 'information war' in evolutionary terms, for I believe it to be reflective of the natural human desire towards positive, liberative, collaborative endeavour. It is more appropriate in this sense to recognise that we are not just dealing with information per se, but more truly the rise of the Age of Communication in which a new Interactive Democracy 'I-Democracy' (no, I don't mean E-Democracy) can reassert the primacy of the human and its environment. This is the real transition which is taking place in our era.Read more ›
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It's not quite what I was expecting - but is actually better than what I was expecting.
What a fantastic read. Read more
Interesting journalistic perspective on the digital revolution. Some great sentiments, and enlightening information, but reads more like an essay than a book.Published on 25 July 2014 by Lindsay
This book sets out to do three things: first, to give a general overview of 'the information wars' and get the reader thinking about issues of privacy and transparency, and the... Read morePublished on 31 Jan. 2014 by James Elder
Part imaginative reconstruction, part factual disposition, the style gives a lot of leeway with the truth. Read morePublished on 18 Aug. 2013 by Andrew Bulman
Slightly terrifying read when you realise how pervasive the surveillance society now is, but there is some hope that the way Iceland is dealing with freedom of speech can be... Read morePublished on 9 Oct. 2012 by Half Man, Half Book
After the Wikileaks dramas of 2010, the Surveillance State is going global. It's up to each of us to fight for our rights and this book is an essential guide. Read morePublished on 24 Nov. 2011 by Silverdale