The End of Trust (McSweeney's 54)

“This is a non-fiction magazine put out with McSweeney’s in collaboration with the EFF. It has essays, and interviews about privacy, and security threats we all face in our lives.

  • Very US-centric. Talks about how POC are most affected by these surveillance technologies. It would’ve been nice to have a more global perspective in the essays even though I guess they largest surveillance capitalist
  • Throughout there are short pieces on technology that law enforcement agencies use, the legal rules of their use in different US states, and how they are threats to our security.
  • Signal app is mentioned in about 5 of the articles. It’s a great messaging app but feels strange they all keep pushing the same one. I guess because it’s sponsored by EFF. It felt a bit like advertising at times.
  • Wish the articles went deeper. I recently read The Age of Surveillance Capitalism recently so this may have coloured my experience of this collection of essays. I’ve been reading about security, and privacy issues in-depth for the past year so this collection didn’t feel it was geared towards the ’expert’. This is good for the average reader who doesn’t read so much about these topics on their own.
  • No epub! Hard to complain about a free magazine, but it was a real bummer to have to read this on my ereader as a PDF. The text was really small too. It is difficult to convert because there are multi-column articles, and lots of pictures and graphs.

Download the PDF here for free. CC licence.

My Rating: ★★★ My 2019 Reading Challenge: Book #16

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