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Interested in Civil Society books? Check out the #OnSecurity Book List as part of #OnCivilSociety with fascinating titles that will change the way you think about security offline and online.

Mitnick, Kevin D. (Kevin David), 1963- author.
Celebrated (and infamous) hacker Kevin Mitnick asks us to consider, "Is it possible to be invisible online in this age of big data and mass surveillance?" The answer is practical, enticing, and horrifying by turns. But always, Mitnick reveals a wealth of practical steps and tools individuals can deploy, and the stumble blocks that impede our ability to be free of prying eyes online.
Schneier, Bruce, 1963-
Security legend Bruce Schneier unpacks the social costs of the voluntary surveillance we agree to in order to access the 'free' services we all rely on in our daily lives: Google knows our intimate secrets and fears, Facebook can guess our sexual orientation, and Amazon can tell if we are sick, unemployed, or pregnant. Schneier argues that there is another way - a way the values our privacy and security online - and offers much practical advice for individual actions and community efforts to change the Internet for the better.
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We in Canada tend to assume that, while mass online surveillance and the wrecking of civil liberties are commonplace in the US, we do things differently here. Transparent Lives informs us that such a rosy-colored view is dangerously flawed. It is intended to inform us about the current state of surveillance in Canada, and alert us to the ubiquitous and largely invisible practices of monitoring that surround us.
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Bronskill, Jim, 1964- author.
Two veteran journalists - authorities on how information is handled in the digital age - offer a definitive guide to minimize your digital footprint, protect your vital information and prevent it from being misused. The authors argue there are steps each of us can take to keep our important data out of reach while still participating fully in new technologies. Additionally, they provide a view of the landscape in Canada, including places where Canadian and American laws and protections differ.
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