On The New York Review of Books, Tamsin Shaw reviews Alexander Klimburg's The Darkening Web: The War for Cyberspace, a book discussing the looming information warfare long before "the revelation of Russian interference in the 2016 election."
Meanwhile, Facebook — who is being accused of "building products without the necessary safeguards" — is now under investigation for data misuse. Facebook isn't happy this information is becoming public or that Cambridge Analytica's tactics are being exposed by a Channel 4 report.
It's strange that only Facebook seems to get so much flak compared to the other giants. Maybe it's because it feels good to do so. Or probably because they really are very very bad at everything they do — including hiding how bad they are.
This is the subject of Alexander Klimburg’s prescient and important book, The Darkening Web: The War for Cyberspace, written largely before the revelation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. With its unparalleled reach and targeting, Klimburg argues, the Internet has exacerbated the risks of information warfare. Algorithms employed by a few large companies determine the results of our web searches, the posts and news stories that are featured in our social media feeds, and the advertisements to which we are exposed with a frequency greater than in any previous form of media. When disinformation or misleading information is fed into this machinery, it may have vast intended and unintended effects.
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