Book Reviews: We Are Anonymous & This Machine Kills Secrets

We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker Wold of Lulzsec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency by Parmy Olsen tracks the rise of cyber-attacks by Anonymous in the name of freedoms. Ms. Olsen talks to the “insiders” about why and how they do what they do. A fascinating read, with information and details not found in traditional media.

This Machine Kills Secrets: How Wikileakers, Cypherpunks, and Hacktivists Aim to Free the World’s Information by Andy Greenberg follows the rise, and surprising starts of several individuals involved with WikiLeaks. The book reads as more of a multi-person biography rather than a history of outing secrets.

I would recommend these books for readers who know only a bit about Anonymous or WikiLeaks.  As I follow many privacy and activist blogs, the information was not new to me, just in a different form. Both books were easy to follow even with the multitude of people involved.

Law Schools and eBooks

The Droid Lawyer argues law schools need to catch up with technology. I agree. The case-books we have could easily be transferred to digital formats.

But then the problems start. Libraries are having a a heck of a time getting publishers to sell eBooks to them, as the publishers don’t understand that eBooks sold to libraries increase eBook purchases (see Pew Internet report). An open letter from the ALA president to publishers underscores this, and makes the point that by not selling eBooks to libraries, publishers are in a manner banning books. via Law Librarian Blog

And this week is Banned Books Week, so this is even more relevant.