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Review: The Closing of the Net

the closing of the net

Title: The Closing of the Net

Author: Monica Horten

How are political decisions influencing the future direction of internet communication? As the interests of powerful businesses become more embedded in the online world, so these corporations seek greater exemption from liability. They are manipulating governments and policy-makers, blocking and filtering content, and retaining and storing personal data at the cost of individual access and privacy.
In this compelling account, Monica Horten confronts the deepening cooperation between large companies and the State. She looks at a number of case studies related to privacy, net neutrality, filtering and copyright. Corrupt political manoeuvrings, she argues, suggest that the original vision of a free and democratic internet is rapidly being eclipsed by a closed, market-led, heavily monitored online ecosystem. And the results are chilling.
The Closing of the Net boldly tackles the deep and divisive controversies surrounding individual rights today. The book will prove essential reading for anyone concerned with present and future internet policy and its effects on our freedoms.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.

Rating: 4/5

Very informative and very well researched book about politics and the internet. It discuses the free and open internet that we are so used to and asks if it’s actually going to stay that way.

Internet is a huge part of our lives and it’s easy to take it for granted. There are so many battles fought over the internet that many internet users aren’t aware of. This book forces you to think about everything that happens ‘behind the scenes’: who makes the decisions and why? How do those decisions affect regular users? Who has more control: governments or tech companies? The author talks about privacy, net neutrality, piracy and other issues. There are plenty of examples too. Still, maybe it’s my wishful thinking but I don’t believe the internet will lose all freedom.

The book is focused on issues in United States and Europe, so now I would like to learn more about similar issues in the rest of the world. I recommend this book to anybody who’s interested in the future of the internet.

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