On May 21st, 2013, Black Code: Inside the Battle for Cyberspace, was placed on freshly fitted bookstore shelves. The book is authored by Ron Deibert, Director of Citizen Lab and distinguished member of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs’s advisory board. Deibert’s book is a helpful reminder of the variety of unconventional security that shields our real world and its finite resources. Within the tangible pages of text lie the firsthand ordeals of a digital defender of intangibly online rights and social justice.
Although it may not seem like it, the internet is much more than an instantaneous, informal dictionary or a lackluster replacement for television. Behind this pixel curtain of viral entertainment is a hidden grove of globalized issues not usually seen by the average monitor viewer. Whether it is scheming software companies, guerrilla hacker groups from various foreign countries, or entire governments with intrusive, dominating control over their online citizens, Deibert and his Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs have seen it all. Essentially a journal of their journey through the world wide web of war-grounds, Black Code undeniably highlights the fragile and already-tarnished state of our online habitat. In an interview with the CBC radio show Spark, Deibert states:
While the information Deibert unveils about our information superhighway definitely sparks an alarming response, it is important to take away the power we hold as internet users. The national, rallying forces against bills like SOPA and PIPA can and need to be replicated on a global scale to combat the corporations, governments, and other rogue groups responsible for transforming a realm once dedicated to unparalleled freedom and communication into yet another territory for power and control. As a cooperating society, we can make the internet whatever we want it to be.
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