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Overconnected: The Promise and Threat of the Internet by William H. Davidow

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How Overconnectivity Stole Your Privacy

The loss of privacy is a perfect example of the troubles that can arise in an Internet-powered environment. Even before the Internet, companies had been able to assemble very large customer databases that could be searched and used for marketing and credit checking. And identity theft certainly existed, though on a much smaller scale.

Many of us don’t want much information about us floating around on the Internet, and we’re unsettled by the idea of companies assembling massive dossiers about where and how we live. And as our assets, and information about those assets, continue to move from physical to virtual space, the environment we increasingly occupy is more accident-prone than ever, and the ...

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