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Author: Bruce Schneier Narrator: Dan John Miller Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2015 ISBN: 9781490681023
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Data is everywhere: we create it every time we go online, turn our phone on or off, and pay with a credit card. The data is stored, studied, and bought and sold by corporations and governments for surveillance and for control.

Bestselling author Bruce Schneier shows how this data has led to a double-edged Internet—a web that gives power to the people but is abused by the institutions on which those people depend. In Data and Goliath, Schneier reveals the full extent of surveillance, censorship, and propaganda in society today, examining the risks of cybercrime, cyberterrorism, and cyberwar. He shares technological, legal, and social solutions that can help shape a more equal, private, and secure world. This is a book everyone with an Internet connection—or bank account or smart device or car, for that matter—needs to read.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The public conversation about surveillance in the digital age would be a good deal more intelligent if we all read Bruce Schneier first.”

    Malcolm Gladwell, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Blink

  • “Schneier did not need the Snowden revelations, as important as they are, to understand the growing threat to personal privacy worldwide from government and corporate surveillance—he’s been raising the alarm for nearly two decades. But this important book does more than detail the threat; it tells the average low-tech citizen what steps he or she can take to limit surveillance and thus fight those who are seeking to strip privacy from all of us.”

    Seymour M. Hersh, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author of Chain of Command

  • “Thought provoking, absorbing, and comprehensive.”


  • “When it comes to what government and business are doing together and separately with personal data scooped up from the ether, Mr. Schneier is as knowledgeable as it gets…Schneier’s use of concrete examples of bad behavior with data will make even skeptics queasy and potentially push the already paranoid over the edge. Mr. Schneier writes clearly and simply about a complex subject.”

    New York Times

  • “Lucid and compelling.”

    Washington Post

  • Data and Goliath serves as both a primer to protecting your personal privacy and a guide to reforming business and government surveillance practices.”


  • “Lucid and fast paced…Schneier describes with dismay the erosion of privacy, then lays out a strategy for turning the tide.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Examines how technology has transformed every interaction…He concludes this grim catalog of privacy erosion with a set of prescriptions for governments, corporations and ‘the rest of us’…An accessible, detailed look at a disturbing aspect of contemporary life.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Schneier exposes the many and surprising ways governments and corporations monitor all of us, providing a must-read User’s Guide to Life in the Data Age. His recommendations for change should be part of a much-needed public debate.”

    Richard A. Clarke, former chief counterterrorism adviser on the National Security Council under Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush, and author of Cyber War

  • “Dan John Miller narrates this mind-blowing exposé with an engaging tone, delivering the author’s message that government spying is simplified now that we ‘voluntarily’ provide personal information in exchange for so-called ‘free’ services like Gmail and Facebook.”


  • A Barnes & Noble Editor’s Recommendation
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for Nonfiction and Business & Investing

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About the Author

Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a security guru by the Economist. He is the author of twelve books as well as hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers. He is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, a program fellow at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and an advisory board member of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. He is also the chief technology officer of Resilient Systems, Inc.

About the Narrator

Dan John Miller is an American actor and musician. In the Oscar-winning Walk the Line, he starred as Johnny Cash’s guitarist and best friend, Luther Perkins, and has also appeared in George Clooney’s Leatherheads and My One and Only, with Renée Zellweger. An award-winning audiobook narrator, he has garnered multiple Audie Award nominations, has twice been named a Best Voice by AudioFile magazine, and has received several AudioFile Earphones Awards and a Listen-Up Award from Publishers Weekly.