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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent at provoking thought., 19 July 1998
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This review is from: The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us to Choose Between Privacy and Freedom? (Hardcover)
Brin's book challenges several reflexive views held by cyberthinkers -- most significantly that strong encryption is the key to liberty. (He's clearly right about that. Encryption always fails. Look at ULTRA, MAGIC, cellphone encryption, DES, etc.) His occasional efforts to prove to readers that he really is a good liberal (anti-gun, anti-Limbaugh, etc.) and not some sort of nasty cyberlibertarian are a bit annoying and out of place, but aside from that I find little to criticize. As he freely admits, Brin may be wrong about many of his assertions, but he's clearly right that there needs to be far more discussion and far less groupthink than there has been on the subject of privacy and surveillance.
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