big brother, little brother

Last night I finished reading Little Brother by Cory Doctorow. The book is centered around security, privacy, and hacking as a survival trait. The technical bits and pieces are excellent, and the entire premise is easily plausible. It is an easy read, engaging, and technically awesome. The book is firmly geared towards teenagers. While there are some underage drinking, drug references, and minor sexual content, this is nothing compared to what goes on in the lives and minds of maturing teens today. Even so, I would recommend it to any teen with a passing interest in technology (even if you just use MySpace for fun), as well as any adult who has such interest in protecting privacy, freedom, and digital security.

On a side note, it makes me smile with enthusiasm at what it must be like to be a teenager or younger, growing up firmly in the midst of all this social networking and technology surrounding every facet of our days. I get a bit giddy at what someone with unlimited time and imagination can do with electronics and our digital world; it’s awesome!