The Darkening Web

The Darkening Web

The War for Cyberspace

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debate about the different aspirations for cyberspace is nothing short of a war over our global values"--Provided by publisher.
"No single invention of the last half century has changed the way we live now as much as the Internet. Alexander Klimburg was a member of the generation for whom it was a utopian ideal turned reality: a place where ideas, information, and knowledge could be shared and new freedoms found and enjoyed.Two decades later, the future isn't so bright any more: increasingly, the Internet is used as a weapon and a means of domination by states eager to exploit or curtail global connectivity in order to further their national interests. Klimburg is a leading voice in the conversation on the implications of this dangerous shift, and in The Darkening Web, he explains why we underestimate the consequences of states' ambitions to project power in cyberspace at our peril: Not only have hacking and cyber operations fundamentally changed the nature of political conflict--ensnaring states in a struggle to maintain a precarious peace that could rapidly collapse into all-out war--but the rise of covert influencing and information warfare has enabled these same global powers to create and disseminate their own distorted versions of reality in which anything is possible. At stake are not only our personal data or the electrical grid, but the Internet as we know it today--and with it the very existence of open and democratic societies. Blending anecdote with argument, Klimburg brings us face-to-face with the range of threats the struggle for cyberspace presents, from an apocalyptic scenario of debilitated civilian infrastructure to a 1984-like erosion of privacy and freedom of expression. Focusing on different approaches to cyber-conflict in the US, Russia and China, he reveals the extent to which the battle for control of the Internet is as complex and perilous as the one surrounding nuclear weapons during the Cold War--and quite possibly as dangerous for humanity as a whole. Authoritative, thought-provoking, and compellingly argued, The Darkening Web makes clear that the
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781594206665
159420666X
Branch Call Number: 327.02854678 KLI
Characteristics: xii, 420 pages
Alternative Title: War for cyberspace

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RBVanDyke
Nov 17, 2017

If you're interested in the subject matter, this is a worthwhile read. But too often the book seemed to me to be a grab-bag of information and thoughts that while readable wasn't notably coherent. Worth taking a look, though...

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StarGladiator
Jul 20, 2017

I gave this book 5 Stars for being highly informative, although some of the author's opinions I don't agree with [wish people would stop referring to Kevin Mitnick as a legendary hacker - - he's not even close!].
DISCLAIMER: The author's final two short chapters, Conclusion and the Epilogue, are not only idiotic, they are beyond idioicy - - but since the author is a fellow with the Atlantic Council, goes without saying he is a minion of the global banking cartel and Transnational Capitalist Class. I won't write my usual rant, the reader may form their own conclusions, including deducing perhaps the author is poorly read where modern history is concerned.

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