The Red Web: The Struggle Between Russia's Digital Dictators and the New Online Revolutionaries

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PublicAffairs, 8 set 2015 - 384 pagine
A Library Journal Best Book of 2015
A NPR Great Read of 2015

The Internet in Russia is either the most efficient totalitarian tool or the device by which totalitarianism will be overthrown. Perhaps both.

On the eighth floor of an ordinary-looking building in an otherwise residential district of southwest Moscow, in a room occupied by the Federal Security Service (FSB), is a box the size of a VHS player marked SORM. The Russian government's front line in the battle for the future of the Internet, SORM is the world's most intrusive listening device, monitoring e-mails, Internet usage, Skype, and all social networks.

But for every hacker subcontracted by the FSB to interfere with Russia's antagonists abroad -- such as those who, in a massive denial-of-service attack, overwhelmed the entire Internet in neighboring Estonia -- there is a radical or an opportunist who is using the web to chip away at the power of the state at home.

Drawing from scores of interviews personally conducted with numerous prominent officials in the Ministry of Communications and web-savvy activists challenging the state, Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan peel back the history of advanced surveillance systems in Russia. From research laboratories in Soviet-era labor camps, to the legalization of government monitoring of all telephone and Internet communications in the 1990s, to the present day, their incisive and alarming investigation into the Kremlin's massive online-surveillance state exposes just how easily a free global exchange can be coerced into becoming a tool of repression and geopolitical warfare. Dissidents, oligarchs, and some of the world's most dangerous hackers collide in the uniquely Russian virtual world of The Red Web.
 

Sommario

1 The Prison of Information
3
2 The First Connection
25
3 Merlins Tower
45
4 The Black Box
65
5 The Coming of Putin
85
6 Internet Rising
101
7 Revolt of the Wired
123
8 Putin Strikes Back
149
12 Watch Your Back
239
13 The Big Red Button
259
14 Moscows Long Shadow
275
15 Information Runs Free
291
Epilogue
311
Acknowledgments
317
Notes
321
Index
351

9 We Just Come Up with the Hardware
175
PART 2
193
10 The Snowden Affair
195
11 Putins Overseas Offensive
223
About the Authors
371
Colophon
372
Copyright

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Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan are cofounders of Agentura.Ru and authors of The Red Web and The New Nobility. Their work has been featured in the New York Times, Moscow Times, Washington Post, Online Journalism Review, Le Monde, Christian Science Monitor, CNN, and BBC. The New York Times has called Agentura.ru "a web site that came in from the cold to unveil Russian secrets." Soldatov and Borogan live in Moscow, Russia.

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