Hacking the Future
By Cole Stryker
(Overlook Books, Hardcover, 9781590209745, 304pp.)
Publication Date: September 13, 2012
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How does anonymity enable free speech - and how is it a threat? "I think anonymity on the Internet has to go away," famously said by Randi Zuckerberg (sister of Mark), has become the policy for some, while the Stop Online Piracy Act mobilized millions to write Congress in protest. Identity Wars is a broad look at how anonymity influences politics, activism, religion, and art.
Stryker presents a strong defense of anonymity and explores some of the tools and organizations relating to this issue, especially as it has evolved with the ubiquity of the Internet. Cogent and compelling, his examination of online identities, both false and real, is an essential read for the social-networking age.
Cole Stryker is a freelance writer and media consultant based in New York City. He is the author of Epic Win for Anonymous, the first book to tell the story of the genesis of the Internet-based protest groups and creative memes currently changing our world. Stryker has been interviewed about his writing by The New York Times, Reuters, New York Observer, Salon, and The Rumpus.
Praise for Epic Win for Anonymous:
"A primer on why the Internet works the way it does today." — Salon
'A recommended pick for computer and social issues holdings alike." — Midwest Review
“Sharp, witty, and well-researched.” — – The Rumpus
“Stryker is cogent and hilarious … You’ll be delighted by this clever, informative cultural history.” — – Rachel Fershleiser
“This sharp guide avoids the fear, condescension, and hand waving that dominate the mainstream coverage of Internet culture, instead revealing what actually goes on day-to-day at one of the Web’s weirdest yet most important online communities … satisfying [and] thoroughly researched.” — – Nick Douglas
“A recommended pick for computer and social issues holdings alike." — – Midwest Book Review
"A multilayered and well-reasoned retort against all those who would seek to erase anonymity from the Web … One of the most well-informed examinations of the Internet available today." — Kirkus Reviews
"[Cole Stryker] makes a compelling case for anonymity (and pseudonymity) using dozens of real-life case studies." — The Daily Dot
"Stryker presents a strong defense of anonymity and explores some of the tools and organizations relating to this issue, especially as it has evolved with the ubiquity of the Internet. Cogent and compelling, his examination of online identities, both false and real, is an essential read for the social-networking age." — LaughingSquid.com
"Hacking the Future does an admirable job of laying out the current state of affairs on the internet, and it lays a good groundwork for understanding the darker side of the internet, giving its reader a fair assessment of what we should fear, and what we should not… Even if you don’t fully accept the argument that privacy and anonymity is the primary issue for the future of the internet, Hacking the Future presents a cohesive argument as to why we should protect these things regardless." — TheVerge.com
"Perhaps the best part of Hacking the Future is an analysis of what anonymity means in terms of its cost, a balancing of the value of what’s hidden against the effort to hide and the effort to unmask." — New York Journal of Books