by Cory Doctorow

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Little Brother is the 2008 novel by Cory Doctorow (editor of Little Brother won the 2009 Prometheus Award, Sunburst Award, and John W. Campbell Memorial Award.

In the wake of a terrorist attack in San Francisco, the Department of Homeland Security's Orwellian tactics have become unnecessarily invasive. A small but growing group of teenage hackers (i.e. changing and reprogramming devices to make them more useful, not hackers that spread computer viruses), create a small movement to fight and "jam" the DHS's data tracking.

Although critically acclaimed, this book lacks coherence. Doctorow helps us understand the importance of technology and how common people should be able to interact with that technology in a meaningful way (i.e. "hacking"). An important book with interesting information on data, technology, and the way that data and technology is a part of Fourth Amendment privacy, this story lacks coherence and theme. A book for entry into thinking about computer programming, hacking, right to privacy, and issues surrounding anti-terrorism, but not great literature.

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