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The cynical creation of the Internet

Yasha Levine: Surveillance Valley. The Secret Military History of the Internet

SURVEILLANCE: State surveillance would not have been possible without the services of Silicon Valley's technology companies. For example, Google in Surveillance Valley is described as "a full-fledged military contractor, who sold versions of the company's consumer data and analytics technology to police departments, city councils, and major U.S. intelligence and military organizations."

The «smart» interior of everyday life

Sianne Ngai: Theory of the Gimmick

GIMMICK: Sianne Ngai is one of the most original Marxist cultural theorists of her generation. But she seems keen on pulling the aesthetics down into the mud.

What about surveillance in the digital culture revolution?

Thomas Hylland Eriksen: The planet of apps – how the smartphone changed the world

Big tech: The planet of apps is probably one of the richest things you can now read about how we humans "sew together" with communication technology. But what about surveillance?

Out of control

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Diaries from the wild youth of the internet

Matthew Carnahan: A Very Public Offering. The Story of theglobel.com and the First Internet Revolution / Valley of the Boom

: DOTCOM: The First Internet Revolution is a wild chapter with a strange mix of comedy and disaster. An inside perspective and the wisdom of posterity help us to ask again if everything could have gone differently.

Why did I get sick?

: Individual medicine and the alternative medical traditions seem to fill a need that the public health service does not meet: to provide answers to individuals about causes.

A digital omnipotence?

: The Facebook scandal last year demonstrates how careless providers of social networks handle the data of their users – and clarifies what colossal challenges "The Big Four" poses to our democracy.

The sweat of the work

Jonathan Taplin: Move Fast and Break Things

: The book Move Fast and Break Things directs sharp criticism at Google, Facebook and Amazon, but is at the same time partly romantic and unvarnished.

Monster with billions of eyes

: The United States may soon have global access to all private data traffic abroad each time Microsoft, Google or similar companies are used.