“The Internet Isn't What You Think It Is” Review: Beware!  This site is not secure

“The Internet Isn’t What You Think It Is” Review: Beware! This site is not secure

Most people assume they know what the Internet is. But if asked to describe its power, its reach or its history, most of us will fall for an easy metaphor: we call it a “Web”, a “virtual public square” or “the cloud”, to name just a few common terms.

In “The Internet Isn’t What You Think It Is”, Justin EH Smith, professor of history and philosophy of science at the University of Paris, asks how our use of such metaphors informs our understanding – and our misunderstanding – of the Internet. It also poses challenges to the story we’ve built about it, including the Silicon Valley-sanctioned narrative of man’s gradual march toward a frictionless, digital future. In other words: The Internet is not the ahistorical, morally neutral invention that we think it is.

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