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The tangled web we weave : inside the shadow system that shapes the internet / James Ball.


The internet was supposed to be a thing of revolutions. As that dream curdles, there is no shortage of villains to blame--from tech giants to Russian bot farms. But what if the problem is not an issue of bad actors ruining a good thing? What if the hazards of the internet are built into the system itself? That's what journalist James Ball argues as he takes us to the root of the problem, from the very establishment of the internet's earliest protocols to the cables that wire it together. He shows us how the seemingly abstract and pervasive phenomenon is built on a very real set of materials and rules that are owned, financed, designed and regulated by very real people. In this urgent and necessary book, Ball reveals that the internet is not a neutral force but a massive infrastructure that reflects the society that created it. And making it work for--and not against--us must be an endeavor of the people as well.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781612198996
  • ISBN: 1612198996
  • Physical Description: 263 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Brooklyn : Melville House, 2020.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"First published in 2020 in Great Britain as The system by Bloomsbury UK."--Title page verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-256) and index.
Subject: Internet > Social aspects.
Internet > Law and legislation.
Telecommunication > Traffic > Management.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Prince Rupert Library.


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