Monday, June 09, 2008

Statistics and terrorism

I just finished an amazing novel by Cory Doctorow called "Little Brother." It's about a 17-year-old hacker that takes on the Department of Homeland Security after a terrorist attack in San Francisco. To me it stands right alongside Robert Heinlein's "The Moon is Harsh Mistress" as a great story surrounding instructions on how to start an insurrection against an oppressive government. I am going to get this book into the hands of as many teens as I can.

One topic he addresses in the book is the Paradox of False Positives when it comes to increased security and data mining. He also wrote an article about the paradox for the Guardian. You can read it here. If you enjoy the article you will dig the book. Believe.

1 comment:

Melanie said...

believe? geesh.