Want to understand what's currently happening in our world, in concrete terms? Then this is the book for you: a collection of public talks by hacker, photographer, cypherpunk and civil liberties activist Jacob Appelbaum. This books includes the following transcripts: "Personal experiences bringing technology and new media to disaster areas" (2005), covering technology, culture, the Creative Commons and the media with regards to disaster areas and war zones (travels to Iraq, crossing the border by foot, the installing of Internet satellites in Kurdistan, and his visit of New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina)
Watch this video from the 2014 Security Summit: Jacob Appelbaum discusses passive and active surveillance methods, AI and human analyst systems working together, satellite networks, deep packet inspection & injection, military contractors getting special access to surveillance programs, proprietary vs open source software, OTR messaging, hoarding exploits for self-gain. A great talk from an amazing person.