The Obama administration asserted the power to raid the massive databases of peoples' private, sensitive information that ad-based tech companies have assembled; the Trump administration has promised to use Obama's powers to effect the surveillance and deportation of 11 millions undocumented migrants, and the ongoing, continuous surveillance of people of Muslim heritage. Read the rest
Earlier this year, companies like Silverpush were outed for sneaking ultrasonic communications channels into peoples' devices, so that advertisers could covertly link different devices to a single user in order to build deeper, more complete surveillance profiles of them. Read the rest
Tim Wu is a multiple threat: the originator of the term "net neutrality"
; a copyfighting lawyer who cares about creator's rights
; a fair use theorist
; Zephyr Teachout's running mate
in the NY gubernatorial race; an anti-monopolist
who joined the NY Attorney General
and used open source to catch Time Warner in the act
; a lifelong deep nerd
who was outraged by the persecution of Aaron Swartz
, and the author of one of the seminal books on telcoms policy and human rights
Now, he's back with his best book yet: The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads, an erudite, energizing, outraging, funny and thorough history of one of humanity's core undertakings -- getting other people to care about stuff that matters to you.