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Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom
Consent of the Networked
The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom
Paperback      ISBN: 0465063756

The Internet was going to liberate us, but in truth it has not. For every story about the web's empowering role in events such as the Arab Spring, there are many more about the quiet corrosion of civil liberties by companies and governments using the same digital technologies we have come to depend upon. In Consent of the Networked, journalist and Internet policy specialist Rebecca MacKinnon argues that it is time to fight for our rights before they are sold, legislated, programmed, and engineered away. Every day, the corporate sovereigns of cyberspace (Google and Facebook, among others) make decisions that affect our physical freedom--but without our consent. Yet the traditional solution to unaccountable corporate behavior--government regulation--cannot stop the abuse of digital power on its own, and sometimes even contributes to it.

A clarion call to action, Consent of the Networked shows that it is time to stop arguing over whether the Internet empowers people, and address the urgent question of how technology should be governed to support the rights and liberties of users around the world.
Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World
Blockchain Revolution
How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World
Hardcover      ISBN: 1101980133

Blockchain technology is powering our future. As the technology behind cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, open software platforms like Ethereum, and disruptive companies like Ripple, it's too important to ignore.

In this revelatory book, Don Tapscott, the bestselling author of Wikinomics, and his son, blockchain expert Alex Tapscott, bring us a brilliantly researched, highly readable, and essential book about the technology driving the future of the economy.

Blockchain is the ingeniously simple, revolution-ary protocol that allows transactions to be simultaneously anonymous and secure by maintaining a tamperproof public ledger of value. Though it's best known as the technology that drives bitcoin and other digital cur-rencies, it also has the potential to go far beyond currency, to record virtually everything of value to humankind, from birth and death certifi-cates to insurance claims, land titles, and even votes.

Blockchain is also essential to understand if you're an artist who wants to make a living off your art, a consumer who wants to know where that hamburger meat really came from, an immigrant who's tired of paying big fees to send money home to your loved ones, or an entrepreneur looking for a new platform to build a business. And those examples are barely the tip of the iceberg.

As with major paradigm shifts that preceded it, blockchain technology will create winners and losers. This book shines a light on where it can lead us in the next decade and beyond.


Droid 4 For Dummies
Droid 4 For Dummies
Paperback      ISBN: 1118336747
A handy, concise guide to the Droid 4 from bestselling author Dan Gookin

As handy, productive, and trim as your new Droid 4 smartphone, this easy-in, easy-out Droid 4 guide is just what you need to get the very most out of Google's latest home-run smartphone. Bestselling For Dummies author Dan Gookin keeps you ahead of the game by thoroughly and clearly covering all the bases. Master basic phone operations, texting, portable web browsing, social networking, video chatting, and tons more, all delivered in Dan Gookin's fun, funny, fact-filled, and entertaining style.

  • Helps you get the most out of your Droid 4 smartphone, which runs on the ultrafast 4G LTE network
  • Provides an amazing range of useful how-tos, tricks, and techniques
  • Explains setup, basic operations, text and typing, the address book, portable web browsing, and social networking
  • Also covers video chatting, shooting and sharing photos and HD video, wireless networking, downloading the latest apps and games, and customizing your Droid 4 with cool content and amazing accessories

Now that you've got the new Droid 4, make it do your bidding with Droid 4 For Dummies

The Internet Is a Playground: Irreverent Correspondences of an Evil Online Genius
The Internet Is a Playground
Irreverent Correspondences of an Evil Online Genius
Paperback      ISBN: 1585428817
"There is usually a fine line between genius and insanity, but in this case it has become very blurred. Some of the funniest and most clever writing I have read in years." (Terrance Fielding, WIRED magazine)

"I laughed so hard and uncontrollably I could hardly breathe. Reading this on public transport is not a good idea." (Penthouse magazine)

"Brilliantly funny." (Jezebel.com)

From the notorious Internet troublemaker who brought the world the explosively popular "Next Time I'll Spend the Money on Drugs Instead," in which he attempted to pay his chiropractor with a picture he drew of a spider; "Please Design a Logo for Me. With Pie Charts. For Free," which has been described as one of the most passed-on viral e-mails of all time; and, most recently, the staggeringly popular "Missing Missy," which has appeared everywhere from The Guardian to Jezebel to Andrew Sullivan's The Daily Dish, comes this profoundly funny collection of irreverent Internet mischief and comedy.

Featuring all of Thorne's viral success, including "Missing Missy," The Internet Is a Playground culls together every article and e- mail from Thorne's wildly popular website 27bslash6.com, as well as enough new material, available only in these pages, to keep you laughing-and, indeed, crying-until Thorne's next stroke-of-genius prank. Or hilarious hoax. Or well-publicized almost-stint in jail (really).
Music 3.0: A Survival Guide for Making Music in the Internet Age 2nd Edition
Music 3.0
A Survival Guide for Making Music in the Internet Age 2nd Edition
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1458402894

Music 3.0: A Survival Guide for Making Music in the Internet Age is a completely updated edition of the original best seller, featuring the latest music business and social media concepts as well as brand-new interviews with a variety of the industry's top movers and shakers. The book not only takes a look at the music industry's evolution and how we got to Music 3.0, but provides the information that today's musician or music business executive needs to take advantage of the new music industry paradigm: What has changed? Who are the new players? Why are traditional record labels, television, and radio no longer factors in an artist's success? How do you market and distribute your music in this new world? How do you make money in this new music world? How do you develop your brand? How do you use Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube as marketing tools? What are the new technologies that are being introduced that will influence how we sell or market? All these questions are answered in the book. This edition also contains new low-cost high- and low-tech tips for marketing and promotion.

Click.Ology: What Works in Online Shopping and How Your Business Can Use Consumer Psychology to Succeed
Click.Ology
What Works in Online Shopping and How Your Business Can Use Consumer Psychology to Succeed
Paperback      ISBN: 1857886046
You're only a click away from online success.The world of shopping is at a crossroads. While online sales are growing at runaway speed, many businesses are finding themselves left behind, discovering that what has worked so long in offline does not work online, and what works online does not necessarily translate offline: it simply doesn't click.

Packed with tips, guidance and real-world case studies from online niche stores Bellabox and Facetache to the universal appeal of Groupon, and from offline discount stores Dollar Tree and Poundland to the luxury Selfridges, in this informative book internet psychologist Graham Jones reveals:

* Why most online shopping carts are abandoned before a purchase is ever made and how to stop this happening in your store
* Why having a centrally positioned search box aids navigation and increases sales
* Why offering free shipping online pays off
* Why it makes sense to be sociable

He also reveals the why of consumer behaviour online, how it differs from offline behavior, and how you can use this understanding to create a store that connects with and engages your customers on both a practical and a psychological level a store that demonstrates true clickology.

Using an accessible five-step CLICK system for turning clicks into dollars, the book shows how to learn from the experience of both on- and offline, and apply lessons to both. Whether you re running a small business website or that of a big corporation, whether you're operating purely online or offline too, Click.ology shows you how to thrive.
Mastering Dojo: Javascript and Ajax Tools for Great Web Experiences
Mastering Dojo
Javascript and Ajax Tools for Great Web Experiences
Paperback      ISBN: 1934356115

The last couple of years have seen big changes in server-side web programming. Now it's the client's turn; Dojo is the toolkit to make it happen and Mastering Dojo shows you how.

Dojo is a set of client-side JavaScript tools that help you build better web applications. Dojo blurs the line between local, native applications and browser based applications; the browser becomes the user interface platform. "Modern" browsers provide an incomplete, inconvenient, and incompatible programming environment, but Dojo eliminates these problems. While there are many JavaScript libraries available, most focus on just one thing (for example, effects libraries, perceived JavaScript omissions, or HTML widgets). Dojo addresses all of these functional areas-and many others-extensively.

In "Mastering Dojo," you'll get the whole story, from basic usage to advanced idioms. Mastering Dojo starts out with a fast moving tutorial that will give you techniques that you can start using right away. You'll learn all about Dojo Core--the foundation on which all things Dojo stand. See how you can modularize your project for development and automatically package your release for optimal download performance. You'll also learn how Dojo: augments the core JavaScript libraryfixes the event systemsimplifies DOM programmingprovides a complete class definition facilityincludes a powerful remote scripting (XHR) framework... and much more.

You'll love using Dojo's HTML user interface control widget system, Dijit. See how to use over 40 widgets, including the rich yet easy-to-use tree and grid controls.

Finally, you'll get an in-depth look at how to design and build a single-page, richInternet Application.

The Art of Invisibility: The World's Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data
The Art of Invisibility
The World's Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data
Paperback      ISBN: 0316380520

Be online without leaving a trace. Your every step online is being tracked and stored, and your identity literally stolen. Big companies and big governments want to know and exploit what you do, and privacy is a luxury few can afford or understand.

In this explosive yet practical book, Kevin Mitnick uses true-life stories to show exactly what is happening without your knowledge, teaching you "the art of invisibility" -- online and real-world tactics to protect you and your family, using easy step-by-step instructions.

Reading this book, you will learn everything from password protection and smart Wi-Fi usage to advanced techniques designed to maximize your anonymity. Kevin Mitnick knows exactly how vulnerabilities can be exploited and just what to do to prevent that from happening.

The world's most famous -- and formerly the US government's most wanted -- computer hacker, he has hacked into some of the country's most powerful and seemingly impenetrable agencies and companies, and at one point was on a three-year run from the FBI. Now Mitnick is reformed and widely regarded as the expert on the subject of computer security. Invisibility isn't just for superheroes; privacy is a power you deserve and need in the age of Big Brother and Big Data.
Weaving the Web: The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web
Weaving the Web
The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 006251587x

Named one of the greatest minds of the 20th century by Time, Tim Berners-Lee is responsible for one of that century's most important advancements: the world wide web. Now, this low-profile genius-who never personally profitted from his invention -offers a compelling protrait of his invention. He reveals the Web's origins and the creation of the now ubiquitous http and www acronyms and shares his views on such critical issues as censorship, privacy, the increasing power of softeware companies, and the need to find the ideal balance between commercial and social forces. He offers insights into the true nature of the Web, showing readers how to use it to its fullest advantage. And he presents his own plan for the Web's future, calling for the active support and participation of programmers, computer manufacturers, and social organizations to manage and maintain this valuable resource so that it can remain a powerful force for social change and an outlet for individual creativity.

Coding for Parents: Everything You Need to Know to Confidently Help with Homework
Coding for Parents
Everything You Need to Know to Confidently Help with Homework
Paperback      ISBN: 1454925671
Facing the daunting prospect of helping your children with their coding homework?Coding for Parents teaches you what you need to know . . . so you can teach your kids
Unlock the mysteries of coding with this easy-to-follow and well-illustrated guide--and help your kids ace their coding homework Organized by age and grade, It takes you by the hand and leads you through the basics, building your knowledge of key concepts, terminology, and techniques, and giving you the language you'll need to explain it all to your child. Instructional diagrams and compelling illustrations appear throughout to enhance your understanding, and the book covers the most popular software, including Scratch, Python, and Java.