Review: SnowCrash

5 Star, Asymmetric, Cyber, Hacking, Odd War
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WARNING: This is the GERMAN language edition. For English see Snow Crash (Bantam Spectra Book).

I received this book as a gift at one of the Silicon Valley Hackers/THINK Conference where I was elected to membership in 1992 or so, and it remains for me the first window into the cyber-chaos that results when CIA and the Library of Congress merge and everyone is a collector, producer, and consumer of digital information.

This book is ESSENTIAL reading, and foretold by decades the ineptitude of the US Government and the deliberate refusal of corporations to get a responsible grip on cyber-reality.

See also by Winn Schwartau:

Winn Schwartau – Terminal Compromise
Information Warfare: Second Edition
Cybershock: Surviving Hackers, Phreakers, Identity Thieves, Internet Terrorists and Weapons of Mass Disruption

And by Howard Rheingold:

Tools for Thought: The History and Future of Mind-Expanding Technology
The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier
Virtual Reality: The Revolutionary Technology of Computer-Generated Artificial Worlds – and How It Promises to Transform Society

Finally, to get deep into doing it right (I published these books, they are also free online):
Collective Intelligence: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace
INTELLIGENCE for EARTH: Clarity, Diversity, Integrity, & Sustainaabilty

Too many to list here, see the various review categories at Phi Beta Iota, the Public Intelligence Blog, for my structured reviews of non-fiction books related to this topic.

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