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Yasha Levine Feb 6
Surveillance Valley on sale today. Read about the internet's origins as a counterinsurgency weapon: an early warning radar system for human societies — from the Vietnam War to the Tor Project.
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Yasha Levine Feb 6
Replying to @yashalevine
From the legendary historian Stuart Ewen: "Defying common Internet tropes that present a battle between valiant and independent rebels versus omnipresent state and corporate powers, no one comes out of this book looking clean."
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Yasha Levine Feb 6
Replying to @yashalevine
Fans of the Tor Project and other USG-funded privacy tech might want to pick up a copy — or actually, you probably don't. It won't give comfort to your myths. Tor would never disclose possible security weaknesses to the federal government before telling its users, right?
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Yasha Levine Feb 6
Replying to @MaxBlumenthal
"In this fast-paced, myth-busting expose, Yasha Levine documents how a collection of spooks, cybernetic fanatics and libertarian oligarchs have exploited the internet to promote regime change abroad and establish a totalistic spying network at home." —
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Yasha Levine Feb 6
Replying to @thebafflermag
Hell yeah. Surveillance Valley is on the front page of . It's an honor! (It's an excerpt from the prologue.)
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Yasha Levine Feb 6
Replying to @yashalevine
"Some even dreamed of creating a sort of early warning radar for human societies: a networked computer system that watched for social and political threats and intercepted them in much the same way that traditional radar did for hostile aircraft."
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Yasha Levine
The found that the internet was used to spy on millions of Americans as early as 1972, as soon as it was created. You won't read about this episode in any other book about the internet because it doesn't sit well with our culture's tech utopia myth.
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Yasha Levine Feb 7
Replying to @yashalevine
The internet is a weapon: The first functional demonstration of TCP/IP involved a simulation of a NATO war with the Soviet Union. The guy who ran the test: Vint Cerf, Internet "Founding Father" and Google Evangelist.
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Yasha Levine Feb 7
Replying to @yashalevine
Most Russians know the names of the people who privatized their economy. Do you know the name of the man who privatized the internet? He exists. I talked to him.
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Hank DeBwankey Feb 7
Replying to @yashalevine @zezezebe
I really look forward to laying hands on your book. I don't think this history has ever been told, and it looks to be extraordinarily well-researched. Can only imagine how much work it took.
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🇬🇧Renton🔱#ClearFlynnNow🇺🇸🐸✝️🐇🔴🔫🥓⚡☺️ Feb 7
unroll plz
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Thread Reader App Feb 7
Replying to @rentonMagaUK
Saluti please find the unroll here: Thank you to ask me for help. Enjoy :)
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Yasha Levine Feb 12
Replying to @yashalevine
In 1969, MIT students were convinced that the ARPANET — the network that became the internet — was a CIA counterinsurgency project aimed at destroying leftwing movements. So...
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Yasha Levine Feb 12
Replying to @Powells @THSEA
Thanks to for hosting Surveillance Valley. Next up: Seattle’s .
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Candice Alström Feb 12
Are you coming to LA at all?
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Yasha Levine Feb 12
I'll come to LA but not sure when.
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Yasha Levine Feb 13
Replying to @THSEA
Tonight: in Seattle at 7:30 pm. Talking about Surveillance Valley and the counterinsurgency origins of the internet.
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Yasha Levine Feb 14
Replying to @yashalevine
In San Francisco? Check out Surveillance Valley! Green Apple Books on the Park, 7:30pm.
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Yasha Levine Feb 17
Replying to @yashalevine
Thanks to Books Inc in Mountain View for hosting Surveillance Valley last night. And thanks to everyone who came to hear the talk and bought books. Books can't be written and journalism can't be done without your support!
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Yasha Levine Feb 17
Replying to @yashalevine
The West Coast leg of the Surveillance Valley book tour is over. Next up: a blowout end-of-tour reading in New York City — in DUMBO, Brooklyn to be exact. Be there.
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