Review of No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State

A dense and terrifying read. When the Snowden files came out in 2013, I really didn’t know what it all meant. I learned that my government was spying on me and the rest of the American people, but the extent of it was and still is mind blowing. The opaque way our government is run and the increasing secrecy of each fiefdom has made the citizens both suspects and assumed criminals. And it has done nothing to increase our safety. The tools of the internet have increasingly been used by state agencies to mine data we didn’t even know it was capable of quantitating.
While not imbedded and barely mentioned in the book, it brings up the idea that I might as well share it fully with companies and the public to help myself in any way I can if the government is already getting all my data anyway. If I openly display and share my data with any app and the world at large, I no longer feel that I am any more vulnerable, that if all my security settings were set to their strongest state. If the government has that information and is not working in my best interest, but in their own, then why not increase my control of it by devaluing it and sharing with others.
As you can see, the book itself is highly though provoking. It shines a light onto the interaction between the government and the press, neither of which seem to be working to get to tell the honest truth to the America people. It also show a the depth of programs and documents that were held in the NSA and released by Snowden it terrifying detail. While dense in the exposure, the information and their implication will remain in my mind for years to come.

Original Goodreads Review.


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