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Attack Surface de Cory Doctorow

Attack Surface (edição: 2020)

de Cory Doctorow (Autor)

Séries: Little Brother (3)

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Título:Attack Surface
Autores:Cory Doctorow (Autor)
Informação:Tor Books (2020), 384 pages
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Attack Surface de Cory Doctorow


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Loved it. I love all of Doctorow's novels. Masha is great. ( )
  codykh | Jun 28, 2021 |
OPSEC is hard and exhausting. Frustrating too because besides not wanting to bother with it yourself, you can't trust anyone else to follow the protocols either. And when one member slips up, the group is outed, gets beaten up, and goes to jail. Or worse.. And when one member slips up, the group is outed, gets beaten up, and goes to jail. Or worse.

Masha Maximow started out as a very good hacker teen. With time and training she has advanced to become a super-duper anti-insurgency IT specialist. She follows media trails back to the bad guys – the bombers, shooters, hijackers, serial rapists, kidnappers, and other killers who cause so much misery. This is all good. The bad is that the consulting companies Masha works for offer their clients – governments mostly – blanket surveillance tools that can be used to follow everyone in the name of identifying the few who might cause real trouble. Who defines the line between legitimate civilian protest and the plots to cause real harm?

Masha has mostly been ok with her work (and her great salary with perks), but she also has a social conscience that leads her to leak info and provide training to protest movements in the field and back home in Oakland. Which gets her into trouble.

The book is intended to be a cautionary tale for the digital age. The 2 Afterwords are written by people who are working hard to protect our privacy. I mostly enjoyed the story which is full of details on how to improve your security. I was not entirely convinced, though, that Masha would do what she does here. Additionally I am dismayed by this view of the near future and wonder how anyone can be hopeful of forestalling, deflecting, or stopping the seemingly relentless march toward the universal surveillance state.

I received a review copy of "Attack Surface" by Cory Doctorow from TOR through SFRevu.com. This review and others can be read in the May 2021 issue. ( )
  Dokfintong | Jun 1, 2021 |
Another good Cory Doctorow book, if you had read Little Brother than this book will be very familiar.

You read about almost 2 different stories that involve the main character through the book, and during the chapters the author switches between these stories. You can clearly telling when he is switching. But it is kind of annoying and confusing to do this as then yo have to remember 2 different stories at the same time. I wish the author almost told one story then the other so you won't have to try and keep so much in your head while reading.

As always I look forward to the author's next book. ( )
  Authentico | Feb 3, 2021 |
"This book is about how people rationalize their way into doing things that they are ashamed of, and how they can be brought back from the brink." - Cory Doctorow, Author's Note.

As always Cory Doctorow writes to inspire and inflame people about technology, about the wonderful ways it can be used, about the horrible ways it can be used. It is in the same slightly alternate world as Little Brother and Homeland. That doesn't mean you need to read them as a series in strict order. Little Brother is more of a YA novel, simpler in style and the protagonists are teenagers. Attack surface takes place several years later, with more adult characters, more complex writing. It follows Masha, a young woman recruited to work for the surveillance state ,and then for a series of private companies selling surveillance to Nations, States and Cities. It alternates between her past and her present until very nearly the end, when you've caught up on how she got to where she was at the beginning.

In some of the current sequences there are protests against police brutality and targeting of black and brown people that as so exactly on-point for 2020 that I thought "he must have edited and tweaked some of the story for the Oakland Black-Brown Alliance protests to match up so well. But the reality is that this has building for such a long time, so un-subtly that its more likely that he was just extrapolating the obvious and all that shit just happened to happen while the book was at the printer.

Its a good, intense read. Its a little preachy (which if you don't expect it from his novels, I don't know which ones you've been reading). I think it is more mature, more considered in its message about the good and bad of technology than some of his other books have been. How so? I think he summarizes it best in his afterword:

"Technology *can* be a force multiplier, for the powerful and the powerless alike. But the use of technology by the powerless is more salient than when it is used by the powerful, because giving power to the powerless is a change in *kind*, while increasing the power of the already powerful is merely a change in *degree*. But that temporary power boost will be denatured by the powerful ... so the advantage is not enough to make lasting structural changes."
Not by itself. People need to use that temporary advantage to engage in politics, in social engineering, to make those structural changes.

Read Attack Surface. You'll be entertained, and probably a little challenged. In 2020 a lot of it hits very very close to home. And that's OK. A little nudge out of our compartments and comfort zones is not a bad thing. ( )
1 vote grizzly.anderson | Dec 20, 2020 |
Doctorow, Cory. Attack Surface. Little Brother No. 3. Tor, 2020.
Cory Doctorow must be the love child of William Gibson and Kim Stanley Robinson. Attack Surface, a loose sequel to Little Brother and Homeland, has the a near-future tech glitter that makes our everyday world seem as surreally Kafkaesque as Gibson’s Sprawl. It also has obsessive attention to detail and earnest tone of prophetic warning that we see in Robinson’s ecological science fiction. Doctorow is worried that when we put most of our lives in the cloud, we risk creating a tyrannical corporate surveillance state. Our protagonist, Masha Maximow, whom we met in the earlier books, is a hacker/analyst who has spent her life working for morally dubious government and corporate organizations, but she has also occasionally helped some well-meaning protesters. Her life has been one round of rationalizing cognitive dissonance after another. She has dealt with the potential for crippling guilt by compartmentalizing (her term) the things she doesn’t want to think about. Her morally challenged, self-aware character elevates Attack Surface above Doctorow’s already impressive body of work. Highly recommended. ( )
  Tom-e | Nov 22, 2020 |
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