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Wikileaks War on Secrecy

Wikileaks Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy, David Leigh, (- 2011)

A fascinating account of the WikiLeaks drama, written by Guardian journalists. 300 pages.

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Personal Genomics

book coverHere Is A Human Being – At the Dawn of Personal Genomics, Misha Angrist, 2010

This very readable, even chatty book is about the ethics of genome sequencing and the associated legal cases. It also entertains by portraying the personalities of the leading scientists in the field. Hardcover, 300 pages.

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Balanced Copyright

book coverFrom “Radical Extremism” to “Balanced Copyright” – Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda, Michael Geist, Irwin, 2010

This collection of essays on Canadian copyright policy is edited by Michael Geist, who is an expert on Internet law, and professor at the University of Ottawa. 600 pages.

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Access Controlled

book coverAccess Controlled – The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace, Ronald Deibert, 2010

This book is about censorship of the Internet worldwide. Anyone interested in Internet governance or civil rights will want to read this book. Of local note, one of the contributors, SecDev, is headquartered in Ottawa. The book is also online here.

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Delete : the virtue of forgetting

book coverDelete : the virtue of forgetting in the digital age / Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Princeton University Press, 2009

The Internet does not forget, and that can be a social problem. This book is highly recommended by Lawrence Lessig. Hardcover, 200 pages.

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Digital Medicine

book coverDigital Medicine – Health Care in the Internet Era / West, Darrell M. Brookings Institution Press, 2009

This book, written by public policy researchers at the Brookings Institute, investigates the use of the internet for medical purposes by patients, doctors, and clinical staff. Digital technology will revolutionize medical care, but there are many obstacles to overcome, and the salient ones involve public policy. Well written, hardcover, 150 pages.