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The TOP 21 Books in Privacy & Data Protection That You Must Read ASAP
Are you looking for privacy books to read? These are the TOP 21 books about Privacy & Data Protection (in English) that I've encountered so far. The list is not in order of preference.
1- Privacy’s Blueprint: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies by @hartzog. [To understand how technology - software, hardware, algorithm & design - is not neutral: it can easily manipulate us and negatively affect our privacy].
2- Re-Engineering Humanity by @BrettFrischmann & @EvanSelinger. [To understand what happens when we get too fascinated by big data, predictive analytics, and artificial intelligence and forget the importance of human autonomy and freedom].
3- No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State by @ggreenwald. [To realize that surveillance is everywhere and yes, maybe you have something to hide].
4- Privacy and Freedom by Alan Westin. [To read from the source and learn where the philosophical groundwork for the current debates about technology and personal freedom came from].
6- Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life by @HNissenbaum . [To learn that when trying to understand privacy, contextual norms and flows of information matter].
8- The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads by @superwuster. [To get to know the attention economy and how the exploitation of our time and focus also impacts our privacy and identity].
9- The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms That Control Money and Information by @FrankPasquale. [To learn how organizations benefit from low scrutiny on code and algorithms to exploit our privacy].
10- Why Privacy Isn't Everything: Feminist Reflections on Personal Accountability by @Lawprofaallen. [To learn how privacy is connected to topics such as accountability and how an individual is inserted in his or her community].
11- The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power by @shoshanazuboff. [To understand what surveillance capitalism is and how it is shaping the future - online and offline].
12- Industry Unbound: The Inside Story of Privacy, Data, and Corporate Power by @ariezrawaldman. [To understand how the tech industry can manipulate how we think about privacy].
13- Between Truth and Power: The Legal Constructions of Informational Capitalism by @julie17usc. [To learn what is behind the architecture of today's information flows and how law and power structures interplay].
14- The Fight for Privacy: Protecting Dignity, Identity, and Love in the Digital Age by @daniellecitron. [To understand the challenges of defending privacy in the twenty-first century and how we should be fighting for intimate privacy as a civil right].
15- Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World by @schneierblog. [To have a good overview of how privacy and cybersecurity interplay and how surveillance is everywhere].
17- The Onlife Manifesto: Being Human in a Hyperconnected Era by @Floridi (editor) [To have a deep philosophical background on how technology affects us as individuals].
18- Atlas of AI: Power, Politics, and the Planetary Costs of Artificial Intelligence by @katecrawford. [To understand the social, economic, and political dimensions of artificial intelligence].
19- Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age by @Viktor_MS. [To understand how we must adapt, as humans, in a world of perfect remembering in the digital age].
20- Law for Computer Scientists and Other Folk by @mireillemoret. [To understand where code and law meet and the theoretical underpinnings of technical aspects involved in privacy and data protection].
21- Your Privacy Is Important to U$! – Restoring Human Dignity in Data-Driven Marketing by Jan Trzaskowski. [To understand how data protection, consumer law, and marketing law can work together to help support data subjects in today's digital economy].
Have you read any of these books? Do you think there is a book missing? Privacy needs critical thinkers like you: share this article and start a conversation about the topic.
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