Recent events have brought mass surveillance back into the spotlight. And though whistleblowers have sacrificed dearly to broaden public awareness the struggle for freedom endures as powerful interests leverage technology and clever propaganda on behalf of enhancing control. Whether it’s Communist Party Leaders in China or bureaucrats from the United States Department of Justice. They all present arguments in support of increasing their authority to collect data. This growing appetite for information has created an entire industry which subverts individual privacy for profit. Even worse, those who seek to escape the panopticon often fall prey to quick fixes that ultimately betray them. Caveat emptor: there are no simple answers, only hard questions as the existing world order crumbles and a new one emerges.
Bill Blunden is a security analyst whose current areas of inquiry touch on clandestine operations, technology, and power.
He’s best known for writing the software industry’s most detailed manual on anti-forensics, the "Rootkit Arsenal." Over the past two decades Bill has toiled in R&D departments, developed tools for network security appliances, and taken various detours through academia.
Bill has written a number of other books including "Behold a Pale Farce," "Software Exorcism," "Cube Farm," and "Offshoring IT: The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly." In the domain of the social sciences, he has co-authored articles related to 9/11 that have appeared in academic publications like Peace Psychology and Aggressive Behavior.
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