A new technothriller from the author of Avogadro Corp and The Last Firewall
By day, Angie, a twenty-year veteran of the tech industry, is a data analyst at Tomo, the world's largest social networking company; by night, she exploits her database access to profile domestic abusers and kill the worst of them. She can't change her own traumatic past, but she can save other women.
When Tomo introduces a deceptive new product that preys on users’ fears to drive up its own revenue, Angie sees Tomo for what it really is—another evil abuser. Using her coding and hacking expertise, she decides to destroy Tomo by building a new social network that is completely distributed, compartmentalized, and unstoppable. If she succeeds, it will be the end of all centralized power in the Internet.
But how can an anti-social, one-armed programmer with too many dark secrets succeed when the world’s largest tech company is out to crush her and a no-name government black ops agency sets a psychopath to look into her growing digital footprint?
“Awesome, thrilling, and creepy: a fast-paced portrayal of the startup world, and the perils of our personal data and technical infrastructure in the wrong hands.”
—Brad Feld, managing director of Foundry Group
“His most ambitious work yet. A murder thriller about high tech surveillance and espionage in the startup world. Like the best of Tom Clancy and Barry Eisner.”
—Gene Kim, author of The Phoenix Project.
“Explores the creation and effects of the templated self, the rise of structured identity and one-size-fits-all media culture, and feasible alternatives.”
—Amber Case, author of Calm Technology
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Very entertaining and excellent characters. I loved the knocks on the flaws of present day social media - especially the use of profiling, targeted ads and selling data. I might even consider using social media a bit if it was run the “Tapestry way”. BTW - I have been using computers in one form or another since exposure to an IBM 1130 in the late 1960’s-early ‘70’s.
Wow! What a story. Enough detail to keep me interested and thinking, enough excitement to make me want to put off the other things I needed to do. This story is well worth the time, and kept me hooked until the end to find out how things would be resolved. I very much enjoyed the story and what I felt were the links to a current huge social media player.