By Paul Meyer, Bout De Papier, Winter 2013-14Read the full review [PDF].
By Sarah Myers, University of California, International Journal of Communication 7 (2013)Read the full review [PDF].
By Laura DeNardis, Science Magazine, 18 October 2013, Volume 342Read the full review [PDF].
Embassy Magazine, 9 October 2013, Issue 471
"Most Notable Canadian Foreign Policy Books"EXCERPT: "Well known for his work as the director of the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies and the trailblazing research hub Citizen Lab, Ron Diebert’s book is particularly timely. Whistleblower Edward Snowden’s disturbing revelations about the United States National Security Agency this summer and more recent allegations of Canada spying on Brazil through its electronic eavesdropping agency have made his research all the more relevant." Read the full review [PDF].
By Alexander Wooley, Huffington Post, 20 September 2013Read the full review Part I and Part II.
Frontiers of New Media, 11 September 2013
"The perspective Deibert offers on these issues is the truly unique, defining feature of this book. His work with the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto has placed him in the nexus of conflict without requiring his allegiance to government or corporate (or criminal) interests. From this location, Deibert acts as storyteller, informing his audience of various battles and sites of struggle, including governmental censorship, online criminal gangs and data theft, and the ungainly disposal of a banner at the Internet Governance Forum. These stories are tied together by Deibert’s analysis of the trends underpinning each event and explanations of prevailing forces in each scenario." Read the full review.
By Tom Slee, Literary Review of Canada, September 2013
"But while these individual stories convey 'the thrill of the hunt,' it is the cumulative effect of Deibert’s global tour of cybercrime and cyber warfare that lingers. In one of the strongest chapters, he describes how post-Soviet states and unofficial 'Electronic Armies' in Syria and Iran, aided by western technology companies, combine internet surveillance with thuggery to suppress political opponents. He recounts how China successfully built its 'Great Firewall' at home and engages in digital espionage abroad, and how Somalia’s civil war has produced surprisingly robust wireless phone networks. Closer to home, he documents the combined corporate and state surveillance of our daily lives and how the border between digital and physical warfare was erased by United States/Israeli collaboration Stuxnet, a virus designed specifically to break the Siemens industrial centrifuges used in Iran’s nuclear enrichment program." Read the full review .
By Zeljka Zorz, Help Net Security, 7 August 2013
"Alas, that is impossible. Thanks to my job, I'm effectively living half of my day in cyberspace and can't be oblivious to all of the above. But I have another problem - concentrating on specific things that interest me more than others, I often stop being able to see the proverbial forest from the proverbial trees.
"This book changed all that - it made me see and comprehend a much bigger picture then I was able to do before. For the first time I grasped - really, thoroughly understood - how insecure the Internet, it's architecture, the software and communication protocols we use, and all of it are." Read the full review.
By Adam Thierer, The Technology Liberation Front, 16 July 2013Read the full review.
By Mike Landry, Salon Books, 29 June 2013
The Internet's Black EyeEXCERPT: "The director of the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies and the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, Deibert has written the kind of book that should interest every one of us but that few are likely to read and even fewer will actually take to heart."
"This is because Deibert is saying things we don’t want to think about." Read the full review [PDF].
By Saleem Khan, Special to the National Post, 13 June 2013
"This is not that story.
"Black Code is terrifying. It effortlessly chronicles threats ranging from individual privacy to national security, whose perpetrators span crime syndicates to authoritarian states, and security firms to Western democracies. Black Code highlights the shadowy, lucrative war online, behind closed doors and in halls of power, which threatens to control, censor, and spy on us, or worse." Read the full review.
In the Quill & Quire, June 2013 Edition"Black Code is a timely book, and like most timely books, one suspects that a lot of the specifics won't be relevant five or 10 years from now. The essential political message, however, is as old as Toqueville, and more vital than ever." Read the full review [pdf].
By Cory Doctorow, The Globe and Mail, 17 May 2013
"I spent February on a book tour for my YA novel Homeland, which concerns a group of American teenagers enmeshed in the surveillance/security apparatus. The kids are chased by private military contractors and anonymous hackers who infiltrate the teens’ computers, turning them into surveillance tools whose cameras, mikes, keyboards and hard drives are silently spying on them. On the first stop of the tour, in Seattle, I spoke to the audience about the real-world inspiration for all this: the companies, governments, crooks and schools that compromise our electronic infrastructure and our privacy in unimaginably invasive ways.
"Every part of our lives is touched by the Internet, and we interface with that network through our devices. I gave examples of network connections, laptops, phones and even implanted defibrillators being co-opted. When our devices betray us, we are compromised in every conceivable way." Read the full review.