Obfuscation: A User’s Guide for Privacy and Protest

Reviewed by Deane Barker

This book can only really be described as a manifesto. I don’t know what I was expecting really.

It starts by identifying and offering a broad survey of obfuscation methods. And while clearly focused on technology, it discussed other, offline obfuscation: chaff deployed from fighter planes, something the orb-weaving spider does, and even the museum climax scene in “The Thomas Crown Affair.” This, I found interesting.

But then the book took a left turn into…philosophy. It spends an inordinate amount of time talking about the philosophy of privacy and offered ethical justification to employ obfuscation. All I could think of throughout this entire section was, “No. One. Cares.”

And then the book ends. If you’re looking for a practical book, or even an interesting book, perhaps look elsewhere. If you want to deeply ponder the ethics of privacy, well, here you go.

Book Info

Finn Brunton
06 18, 2022
  • I have read this book. According to my records, I completed it on November 9, 2015.
  • A hardcover copy of this book is currently in my home library.

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