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Reset by Ronald J. Deibert

Reset: Reclaiming the Internet for Civil Society

Ronald J. Deibert

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2 reviews

Imprint: September Publishing
Publisher: September Publishing
Publication date: 14 Jan 2021
ISBN: 9781912836772

How can we comprehend and restrain the negative impact of the internet on politics, the economy, the environment and humanity? Reset is a fast-paced, compelling expose and a rallying call for clear change by the founder of Citizen Lab.

4 stars out of 5
John Thornhill
17 Jan 2021

"Deibert is always acute and provocative"

Deibert is always acute and provocative but where he is most interesting is in the final section of the book, where he lays out a recipe of possible remedies. He argues strongly for regulations to limit the extent of data harvesting by private companies. Why should a weather app need to access our social contacts? To this end, he supports the call by Tim Wu, the Columbia University professor, to create a “codified anti-surveillance regime”.

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3 stars out of 5
Bryan Appleyard
10 Jan 2021

"It’s not too late to stop the erosion of our digital privacy, argues this often disturbing study"

There have been many disturbing books about the surveillance society and its abuses. This one is more convincing than most. Deibert rambles and he often strays too far from hard evidence into theory. However, he has some of the best — ie most horrifying — stories. And, above all, he is right: one more unchallenged step down this road and any remaining shreds of our freedom and privacy will be lost.