The best 39 The Internet books

The internet has become an integral part of modern life, revolutionizing communication, research, and entertainment. Our carefully selected book list on this topic offers valuable insights into the history, impact, and future of the digital age.

Dive into these essential reads to deepen your understanding of the online world. Ready to unravel the mysteries of cyberspace and stay ahead of the digital curve?

The best 39 The Internet books
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The Internet Books: SuperFreakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

SuperFreakonomics

Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance
4.2 (94 ratings)
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What's SuperFreakonomics about?

SuperFreakonomics (2009) explains why thinking like an economist can help us understand our modern world. These blinks illustrate key economic principles and the importance of collecting data with colorful stories from human history, and offers surprising solutions for the global problems that we face today.

Who should read SuperFreakonomics?

  • Anyone interested in entertaining, statistical facts about human behavior
  • Math buffs who believe in the power of statistics
  • Anyone curious about a very cheap way to stop global warming

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The Internet Books: The Future of the Professions by Richard Susskind and Daniel Susskind

The Future of the Professions

Richard Susskind and Daniel Susskind
How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts
3.7 (84 ratings)
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What's The Future of the Professions about?

The Future of the Professions (2015) examines how modern technology and the internet have revolutionized our society. These blinks in particular address how technology has changed the way society views the work of experts, the so-called professionals. The role of such experts is evolving quickly; here you’ll discover just what the future of professions will look like.

Who should read The Future of the Professions?

  • Entrepreneurs and managers in the tech business
  • Coaches who work with C-level executives
  • Anyone interested in how technology is changing how we work

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The Internet Books: Reading the Comments by Joseph M. Reagle Jr.

Reading the Comments

Joseph M. Reagle Jr.
Likers, Haters and Manipulators at the Bottom of the Web
3.3 (25 ratings)
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What's Reading the Comments about?

Reading the Comments (2015) delves into the social phenomenon of online commentary. These blinks explore how online commenting became the force it is and examine commenting’s positive and negative influence on communication at large. Importantly, these blinks encourage you to think about the implications of online comments for the modern internet user.

Who should read Reading the Comments?

  • Readers fascinated by online commentary
  • People keen to learn about new modes of communication
  • Students majoring in communication studies

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The Internet Books: The Dark Net by Jamie Bartlett

The Dark Net

Jamie Bartlett
Inside the Digital Underworld
3.1 (62 ratings)
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What's The Dark Net about?

The Dark Net (2014) is a window into the internet’s nefarious underbelly. These blinks detail a trove of hidden online activity, from drug deals to illegal pornography to troubling discussions among suicidal teenagers.

Who should read The Dark Net?

  • Adventurous people who want to uncover everything the internet has to offer
  • Anyone concerned about all the terrible things happening online
  • Aspiring porn stars and anyone who wants to buy marijuana from their couch

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The Internet Books: Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

Everybody Lies

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
Big Data, New Data and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are
4.0 (130 ratings)
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What's Everybody Lies about?

Everybody Lies (2017) is about the data collected in vast quantities by computers and over the internet. This data can help reveal fascinating information about the human psyche, behavior and quirks, because, as it turns out, people aren’t always so willing to communicate their true hopes and desires to others.

Who should read Everybody Lies?

  • Anyone interested in the complex nature of human behavior
  • Media studies experts and social scientists
  • Anyone concerned about the power of the internet and online privacy

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The Internet Books: The Seventh Sense by Joshua Cooper Ramo

The Seventh Sense

Joshua Cooper Ramo
Power, Fortune, and Survival in the Age of Networks
3.9 (25 ratings)
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What's The Seventh Sense about?

The Seventh Sense (2016) unpacks the positive and negative aspects of today’s interconnected world. Terrorism is on the rise and the global economy is in a questionable state. The Seventh Sense explains how these issues are interrelated, and how society can still prosper in this network-dominated age.

Who should read The Seventh Sense?

  • Anyone addicted to social media
  • Managers of a business or corporation
  • Anyone curious about the impacts of technology on today’s society

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The Internet Books: Because Internet by Gretchen McCulloch

Because Internet

Gretchen McCulloch
Understanding the New Rules of Language
4.1 (138 ratings)
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What's Because Internet about?

It’s common knowledge that the internet has profoundly changed society, and Because Internet (2019) looks at one specific and significant change: how online culture has transformed the English language. These blinks show how the web has created new linguistic rules, remixed old ones and democratized writing itself. Along with these shifts, prepare to explore the memes, emoji and demographic makeup of the internet.  

Who should read Because Internet?

  • Language nerds fascinated by recent changes in English
  • Inflexible grammarians clinging on to past practices
  • Parents consistently baffled by their children’s text messages

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The Internet Books: Broad Band  by Claire L. Evans

Broad Band

Claire L. Evans
The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet
4.1 (133 ratings)
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What's Broad Band about?

Broad Band (2018) tells the story of the women who played significant roles in the evolution of computers and the internet. It examines how these women became trailblazers in fields of work that were initially considered boring – but later proved to be of great importance.

Who should read Broad Band ?

  • Young women interested in pursuing a career in computer science
  • Computer scientists and engineers
  • People interested in how women have shaped our world

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The Internet Books: Deepfakes and the Infocalypse by Nina Schick

Deepfakes and the Infocalypse

Nina Schick
What You Urgently Need To Know
3.9 (119 ratings)
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What's Deepfakes and the Infocalypse about?

Deepfakes and the Infocalypse (2020) is an urgent warning about the dangers posed by fake – but extremely realistic – audiovisual material called deepfakes. They are powered by artificial intelligence, and scammers and hackers are already using them to defraud businesses and harass individuals. Governments are joining in, as well; the use of deepfakes for propaganda is growing. We need to actively prepare for a time when deepfakes become commonplace. If we don’t, we’ll barrel headfirst into an information apocalypse.

Who should read Deepfakes and the Infocalypse?

  • Anyone who hasn’t heard of deepfakes
  • Citizens concerned about political polarization and the breakdown of trust in society
  • Tech-savvy individuals who feel they can’t be fooled by fake content

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The Internet Books: Blockchain Chicken Farm by Xiaowei Wang

Blockchain Chicken Farm

Xiaowei Wang
And Other Stories of Tech in China's Countryside
3.8 (77 ratings)
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What's Blockchain Chicken Farm about?

Blockchain Chicken Farm (2020) is an examination of the way technology is entangled with everyday life. This sweeping survey of life in rural China unpacks the social, political, and economic changes we can expect in the twenty-first century.

Who should read Blockchain Chicken Farm?

  • Luddites skeptical about the impact of new technologies
  • Techno-utopians eager for more critical insights
  • Anyone interested in forecasting the future

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The Internet Books: The Data Detective by Tim Harford

The Data Detective

Tim Harford
Ten Easy Rules to Make Sense of Statistics
4.4 (246 ratings)
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What's The Data Detective about?

The Data Detective (2021) is a smart, practical guide to understanding the ways in which statistics –⁠ and our reactions to them –⁠ distort and obscure reality. Using psychological research and illuminating examples, it reveals some of the ways our brains influence how we see data and statistics and how we draw incorrect conclusions as a result. By picking apart our cognitive biases and misconceptions, we gain the ability to see data, and in turn, the world, for what it really is.

Who should read The Data Detective?

  • News and social media addicts
  • Avid consumers of scientific articles and research
  • Anyone who regularly comes into contact with data or statistics

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The Internet Books: This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends by Nicole Perlroth

This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends

Nicole Perlroth
The Cyberweapons Arms Race
4.6 (180 ratings)
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What's This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends about?

This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends (2021) takes a deep dive into the ongoing global cyberweapons arms race. It explains how the unregulated market for destructive weapons began, how nations are buying and using these weapons, and why they represent a threat to our immediate future.

Who should read This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends?

  • Anyone who uses a computer or smartphone
  • Security- and privacy-minded people
  • Taxpayers curious about how their money is spent

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The Internet Books: Google Leaks by Zach Vorhies and Kent Hecklively

Google Leaks

Zach Vorhies and Kent Hecklively
A Whistleblower's Exposé of Big Tech Censorship
3.5 (346 ratings)
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What's Google Leaks about?

Google Leaks (2021) is the no-holds-barred story of one former Google employee, who claims that the search giant has been corrupted by political bias and is pursuing a course of deliberate online censorship. It details the author’s journey after Donald Trump’s election from satisfied employee to unflinching corporate whistleblower .

Who should read Google Leaks?

  • Tech lovers concerned by the the growth of online megacorporations 
  • Political aficionados interested in the years of Trump’s presidency
  • Free-speech advocates concerned by the erosion of civil liberties

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The Internet Books: Privacy Is Power by Carissa Véliz

Privacy Is Power

Carissa Véliz
Why and How You Should Take Back Control of Your Data
4.5 (222 ratings)
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What's Privacy Is Power about?

Privacy is Power (2020) is a shocking exposé of the inner workings of surveillance capitalism. It reveals how, every day, hundreds of interested parties are violating your privacy and capitalizing on your personal data. Corporations, governments, and criminals alike are all busy collecting and exploiting your data in an effort to influence the way you think and behave. In these blinks, you’ll learn why your privacy is so important and what you can do to protect it.

Who should read Privacy Is Power?

  • Those perturbed by governments and corporations snooping on our private lives
  • People untroubled by digital surveillance because they believe they have nothing to hide
  • Anyone looking for actionable ways to protect their privacy now

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The Internet Books: An Ugly Truth by Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang

An Ugly Truth

Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang
Inside Facebook's Battle for Domination
4.0 (266 ratings)
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What's An Ugly Truth about?

An Ugly Truth (2021) is a critical look behind the scenes of Facebook. This in-depth investigation reveals the politics and personalities animating the rise and subsequent missteps of this controversial social media behemoth.

Who should read An Ugly Truth?

  • Internet addicts looking to understand cyberspace
  • Political junkies addicted to their News Feed
  • Anyone who has ever logged on to social media

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The Internet Books: Attention Span by Gloria Mark

Attention Span

Gloria Mark
A Groundbreaking Way to Restore Balance, Happiness and Productivity
4.5 (905 ratings)
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What's Attention Span about?

Attention Span (2023) examines the connection between the digital age and our capacity for attention. As digital devices have become inextricable from our lives, our attention spans have shortened and our stress levels have risen. Drawing on scientific research, it debunks modern myths about attention and explains how we can reclaim it for better well-being. 

Who should read Attention Span?

  • Anyone worried about their decreasing attention span
  • Those who have trouble disconnecting from their phone
  • People who feel stressed, exhausted, and burned out

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The Internet Books: Free Speech by Jacob Mchangama

Free Speech

Jacob Mchangama
A History from Socrates to Social Media
4.4 (163 ratings)
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What's Free Speech about?

Free Speech (2022) traces the history of this world-defining idea. It provides a soapbox for some of free speech’s greatest proponents and highlights key events that pushed the idea forward from ancient times to the present. Offering an evenhanded treatment of the costs and benefits of free speech throughout history, it’s a powerful retort to all those forces that threaten to erode free speech today.

Who should read Free Speech?

  • Passionate defenders of free speech who could use more argumentative ammunition 
  • Students preparing for campus debates on whether free speech should be limited
  • Anyone on the left or right seeking insight into modern-day debates on free speech

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The Internet Books: Stolen Focus by Johann Hari

Stolen Focus

Johann Hari
Why You Can't Pay Attention – and How to Think Deeply Again
4.5 (1,931 ratings)
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What's Stolen Focus about?

Stolen Focus (2022) begins with author Johann Hari experiencing a common problem: his attention span is diminishing. He can’t seem to focus on much outside of Twitter and online news. Over three years, Hari tries to identify the root causes of this problem. He uncovers a collective attention crisis that’s affecting the entire globe. From social media to the culture of productivity, Hari identifies the culprits behind our stolen focus – and wonders if, and how, we can claim it back.

Who should read Stolen Focus?

  • Anyone who feels like they just can’t concentrate the way they used to
  • Multitaskers with brimming to-do lists who still feel like they don’t get much done
  • Anyone scrolling through social media while they’re reading this!

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The Internet Books: The Internet Is Not What You Think It Is by Justin E.H. Smith

The Internet Is Not What You Think It Is

Justin E.H. Smith
A History, A Philosophy, A Warning
4.0 (143 ratings)
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What's The Internet Is Not What You Think It Is about?

The Internet Is Not What You Think It Is (2022) offers startlingly new ways of understanding the world wide web, and strongly challenges us to examine our long-held beliefs about the supremacy of human cognition. It confronts our most closely-held (and least examined) ideas about the internet and social media, and weaves together observations from centuries of philosophy, mathematics, science and history.

Who should read The Internet Is Not What You Think It Is?

  • Those feeling overwhelmed by the pace of life in the information age 
  • Anyone worried about the addictive side of social media 
  • The Zoom-fatigued looking for better ways to connect.

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The Internet Books: Your Brain on Porn by Gary Wilson

Your Brain on Porn

Gary Wilson
Internet Pornography and the Emerging Science of Addiction
4.3 (273 ratings)
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What's Your Brain on Porn about?

Your Brain on Porn (2014) examines the explosion of internet pornography addiction. In the age of high-speed internet, porn is more widespread than ever. And although excessive porn consumption can negatively affect mental health and sexual function, the damage can be reversed. 

Who should read Your Brain on Porn?

  • Anyone who thinks they might be suffering from porn addiction
  • Students of psychology or medicine
  • Internet connoisseurs seeking to understand the effects of excessive porn consumption

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The Internet Books: Selfless by Brian Lowery

Selfless

Brian Lowery
The Social Creation of “You”
4.2 (33 ratings)
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What's Selfless about?

Selfless (2023) explores the concept of the self as an entity formed by relationships and society in general. It tackles the roles of family, social groups, the country, and technology in shaping the self. 

Who should read Selfless?

  • Social psychology enthusiasts
  • Anyone interested in the idea of the self as a social creation
  • People looking to understand themselves and others better

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The Internet Books: NFTs Are a Scam / NFTs are the Future by Bobby Hundreds

NFTs Are a Scam / NFTs are the Future

Bobby Hundreds
The Early Years: 2020-2023
3.9 (25 ratings)
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What's NFTs Are a Scam / NFTs are the Future about?

NFTs Are a Scam / NFTs Are the Future (2023) is a bold, provocative take on what is either another scam-ridden, superficial digital trend or the future of art and entertainment – depending on who you ask. It considers NFTs from every angle to help you make up your own mind.

Who should read NFTs Are a Scam / NFTs are the Future?

  • Techheads sitting on a tower of NFTs
  • Digital enthusiasts craving NFT gossip and insights
  • Anyone wondering what an NFT is – and why they should care

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The Internet Books: Tribe of Hackers by Marcus J. Carey, Jennifer Jin

Tribe of Hackers

Marcus J. Carey, Jennifer Jin
Cybersecurity Advice from the Best Hackers in the World
3.7 (171 ratings)
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What's Tribe of Hackers about?

Tribe of Hackers (2019) is a comprehensive guide for aspiring and seasoned cybersecurity professionals globally built around enlightening interviews with 70 security experts, including well-known figures such as Lesley Carhart, Ming Chow, Bruce Potter, Robert M. Lee, and Jayson E. Street. It provides valuable advice for everyone hoping to tool up in the rapidly evolving cybersecurity landscape.

Who should read Tribe of Hackers?

  • Aspiring professionals seeking insight into the cybersecurity industry
  • Tech enthusiasts interested in practical cybersecurity knowledge
  • Readers looking for expert advice and real-world experiences

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The Internet Books: Sexploitation by Cindy Pierce

Sexploitation

Cindy Pierce
Helping Kids Develop Healthy Sexuality in a Porn-Driven World
4.0 (32 ratings)
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What's Sexploitation about?

Sexploitation (2015) is an up-to-date take on sexual education, aimed at arming parents, carers, and educators with the best advice for supporting kids to make healthy sexual choices. 

Who should read Sexploitation?

  • Parents who want to support their tweens and teens in exploring their sexuality
  • Educators dealing with the impact of porn and social media on young adults
  • Carers and mentors looking for up-to-date advice on sexual education

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The Internet Books: The Porn Trap by Wendy Maltz & Larry Maltz

The Porn Trap

Wendy Maltz & Larry Maltz
The Essential Guide to Overcoming Problems Caused by Pornography
4.1 (204 ratings)
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What's The Porn Trap about?

The Porn Trap (2010) is your guide to understanding the powerful grasp that porn can have on people’s lives, and how to escape it. Drawing from real cases, it outlines what porn addiction is and the real consequences it has had. Then it provides six steps for those suffering from addiction to take back control of their lives.

Who should read The Porn Trap?

  • People struggling with their relationship with porn
  • Anyone who suspects their partner has a porn addiction
  • Councilors, therapists and supporters for people with porn addictions

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The Internet Books: Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

Snow Crash

Neal Stephenson
4.1 (86 ratings)
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What's Snow Crash about?

Snow Crash (1992) is a cyberpunk sci-fi novel starring katana-wielding, pizza-delivering hacker Hiro Protagonist and his partner, spunky teen skateboarder Y.T. It features a virus called Snow Crash which pervades both the physical world and the virtual world, also known as the Metaverse. But it soon becomes apparent that Snow Crash is more than just a virus –⁠ as Hiro delves deeper, he discovers a conspiracy that has its roots in ancient Sumerian legends and poses a dire threat to humanity.

Who should read Snow Crash?

  • Science fiction buffs
  • Tech enthusiasts and futurists 
  • Linguistics and anthropology nerds 

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The Internet Books: Pornland by Gail Dines

Pornland

Gail Dines
How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality
3.5 (233 ratings)
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What's Pornland about?

Pornland (2010) invites you to dive deep into the world of modern pornography and its implications. Discover how the industry's evolution has led to the commodification of women, reshaping societal norms and expectations. Embark on a thought-provoking journey that challenges perceptions of intimacy in our digital age.

Who should read Pornland?

  • Students of gender studies
  • Those worried about the media's portrayal of sexuality
  • Advocates for healthier intimacy standards

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The Internet Books: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Douglas Adams
A Novel
4.3 (187 ratings)
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What's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy about?

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1979) is the first book in a series of science fiction novels that follows Arthur Dent, the only human to escape the destruction of Earth. Following his rescue by an alien researcher for the eponymous guide, Arthur’s reluctant adventure across space and time leads to an array of surreal and humorous escapades across the universe.

Who should read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

  • Those interested in learning what the classic science fiction franchise is all about
  • First-time intergalactic travelers looking to brush up on alien etiquette
  • Anyone curious about the meaning of life, the universe, and everything

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The Internet Books: Tokens by Rachel O'Dwyer

Tokens

Rachel O'Dwyer
The Future of Money in the Age of the Platform
3.7 (41 ratings)
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What's Tokens about?

Tokens (2023) looks at the transformation of traditional monetary systems in the digital era, highlighting how various forms of digital tokens are increasingly replacing conventional currency. It explores the implications of this shift, particularly focusing on the role of digital platforms in creating new types of economic exchange, ownership, and governance models.

Who should read Tokens?

  • Financial technology professionals and cryptocurrency enthusiasts
  • Tech entrepreneurs exploring new payment systems
  • Anyone interested in the future of digital currency

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The Internet Books: If It's Smart, It's Vulnerable by Mikko Hypponen

If It's Smart, It's Vulnerable

Mikko Hypponen
3.8 (18 ratings)
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What's If It's Smart, It's Vulnerable about?

If It's Smart, It's Vulnerable (2022), explores the evolution of cybersecurity threats and how to adapt to an increasingly interconnected digital landscape. Tracing the internet's history from early idealism to today's risks like hacking and autonomous malware, it offers practical tips and philosophy to help society balance innovation with security. 

Who should read If It's Smart, It's Vulnerable?

  • Everyday internet users seeking tips to improve personal security
  • Privacy advocates worried about surveillance and transparency
  • Anyone curious about the digital world's opportunities and challenges

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The Internet Books: Swipe to Unlock by Neel Mehta, Parth Detroja & Aditya Agashe

Swipe to Unlock

Neel Mehta, Parth Detroja & Aditya Agashe
The Primer on Technology and Business Strategy
4.1 (19 ratings)
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What's Swipe to Unlock about?

Swipe to Unlock (2017) offers a clear and concise understanding of the key concepts and technologies shaping today’s digital world. It breaks down complex tech topics into easily digestible explanations, covering everything from how the internet works to the business strategies of major tech companies. It’s essential material for anyone looking to navigate the intersection of technology, business, and everyday life, regardless of their technical background.

Who should read Swipe to Unlock?

  • Aspiring tech professionals who don’t want to be coders
  • Non-tech professionals working at tech companies
  • Anyone curious about the inner workings of the tech industry

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The Internet Books: Raising Critical Thinkers by Julie Bogart

Raising Critical Thinkers

Julie Bogart
A Parent's Guide to Growing Wise Kids in the Digital Age
4.3 (72 ratings)
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What's Raising Critical Thinkers about?

Raising Critical Thinkers (2022) is a guide for parents who want their children to make up their own minds amid today’s flood of information. Personal stories and science-backed exercises offer practical wisdom with which families can nurture thoughtful minds and empathetic hearts.

Who should read Raising Critical Thinkers?

  • Parents seeking to nurture curious, discerning children who process information thoughtfully
  • Homeschooling parents looking for exercises to foster critical thinking
  • Teachers hoping to encourage perspective and insight in students

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The Internet Books: The ChatGPT Millionaire by Neil Dagger

The ChatGPT Millionaire

Neil Dagger
Making Money Online Has Never Been this EASY
3.3 (108 ratings)
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What's The ChatGPT Millionaire about?

The ChatGPT Millionaire (2024) explores the many ways ChatGPT can help people in the working world. It first explores techniques and tips for using the platform, before detailing a range of ways the AI technology can be useful not only to small business owners, entrepreneurs, and freelancers across industries, but also to those looking to set up passive income streams and gain financial freedom. 

Who should read The ChatGPT Millionaire?

  • Anyone interested in making money using ChatGPT
  • Freelancers curious about how ChatGPT can improve productivity
  • Business owners looking to streamline their processes

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The Internet Books: Power And Prediction by Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans & Avi Goldfarb

Power And Prediction

Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans & Avi Goldfarb
The Disruptive Economics of Artificial Intelligence
3.2 (58 ratings)
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What's Power And Prediction about?

Power And Prediction (2018) explores the impact of AI's advancements in prediction on decision-making processes, where AI handles the predictive elements and human judgment is important in their interpretation and application.

Who should read Power And Prediction?

  • AI enthusiasts
  • Business leaders
  • Career strategists

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The Internet Books: A History of Fake Things on the Internet by Walter Scheirer

A History of Fake Things on the Internet

Walter Scheirer
2.7 (23 ratings)
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What's A History of Fake Things on the Internet about?

A History of Fake Things on the Internet (2023) explores the origins and evolution of digitally fabricated content, from early photo manipulation to today’s AI-generated deep fakes, analyzing key technological advances that made new forms of deception possible, and tracing their real-world impact back to fundamental aspects of human behavior. It argues that problems stemming from fake online content relate more to creativity and destruction inherent in human nature, rather than the nature of the faked content itself.

Who should read A History of Fake Things on the Internet?

  • Technology historians
  • Media literacy advocates
  • Anyone interested in information security

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The Internet Books: Filterworld by Kyle Chayka

Filterworld

Kyle Chayka
How Algorithms Flattened Culture
4.2 (206 ratings)
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What's Filterworld about?

Filterworld (2024) dives into the digital age's landscape, where algorithms are the unseen puppeteers of culture, taste, and social interaction. Peel back the digital curtain to uncover how your preferences are being shaped in echo chambers of sameness and how to be authentic in a world curated by code.

Who should read Filterworld?

  • Digital nomads and social media enthusiasts
  • Cultural critics investigating the intersection of technology and culture
  • Reclaimers of individuality

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The Internet Books: Read Write Own by Chris Dixon

Read Write Own

Chris Dixon
Building the Next Era of the Internet
4.3 (110 ratings)
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What's Read Write Own about?

Read Write Own (2024) shows how blockchain can revive the democratic promise of the early internet. It examines the internet across three eras: the early democratic but read-only age of the web, the “read-write” age, centralized under corporate control, and now the "read-write-own" movement, occasionally termed web3, whereby blockchain networks empower user communities, not just big tech firms. With lucid prose and tech industry expertise, it provides historical context and an inspirational guidebook for a more open, equitable digital future.

Who should read Read Write Own?

  • Tech enthusiasts eager to understand the next major wave of internet innovation
  • Entrepreneurs and builders seeking new opportunities in web3 spaces.
  • Advocates of decentralized systems and collaborative economies who want an empowered open web

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The Internet Books: Attention Factory by Matthew Brennan

Attention Factory

Matthew Brennan
The Story of TikTok and China's ByteDance
4.1 (19 ratings)
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What's Attention Factory about?

Attention Factory (2020) chronicles the meteoric rise of ByteDance, a company that has left an indelible mark on our perceptions of Chinese technology. A deft interweaving of storytelling, analysis, and captivating anecdotes, it offers an unparalleled glimpse into the company’s growth and how it has shaped the American and Chinese internet landscapes.

Who should read Attention Factory?

  • Tech enthusiasts interested in the inner workings of Chinese internet companies
  • Business professionals looking to understand the strategies behind TikTok’s rapid growth
  • Anyone curious about the TikTok phenomenon and its influence

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The Internet Books: SEO 2024 by Adam Clarke

SEO 2024

Adam Clarke
Learn search engine optimization with smart internet marketing strategies
4.2 (9 ratings)
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What's SEO 2024 about?

SEO 2024 (2024) is an indispensable resource for anyone looking to improve their online visibility and drive more traffic to their site. It breaks down the complexities of search engine optimization (SEO) into easy-to-understand concepts and actionable strategies, providing the tools to outrank competitors and attract customers.

Who should read SEO 2024?

  • Startups seeking cost-effective ways to grow their online presence
  • Small business owners looking to improve their online visibility and attract more customers
  • Website owners and bloggers aiming to increase their organic traffic and search engine rankings

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Blinkist curators have picked the following:
  • SuperFreakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
  • The Future of the Professions by Richard Susskind and Daniel Susskind
  • Reading the Comments by Joseph M. Reagle Jr.
  • The Dark Net by Jamie Bartlett
  • Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
  • The Seventh Sense by Joshua Cooper Ramo
  • Because Internet by Gretchen McCulloch
  • Broad Band by Claire L. Evans
  • Deepfakes and the Infocalypse by Nina Schick
  • Blockchain Chicken Farm by Xiaowei Wang

Who are the top The Internet book authors?

When it comes to The Internet, these are the authors who stand out as some of the most influential:
  • Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
  • Richard Susskind and Daniel Susskind
  • Joseph M. Reagle Jr.
  • Jamie Bartlett
  • Seth Stephens-Davidowitz