Books that every person concerned about privacy should read (List of recommendations)

I thought it would be interesting, in addition to promoting online security and privacy, to cultivate academically and philosophically those interested who come to the forum at least. I am not a hungry reader, but I am always dedicating part of my time to reading, and that habit has opened many doubts and closed many others, and nowadays I can’t help myself from a state of reflection and perpetual criticism.
The idea, then, is basically to make a mini list of books that we would recommend to open the mind and cultivate the mind.

For my part I recommend the following books:
The Road to Serfdom, by Friedrich A. Hayek
The Law, by Frédéric Bastiat
Anatomy of the State, by Murray N. Rothbard
Permanent Record, by Edward Snowden
No Place to Hide, by Glenn Greenwald
And finally, The Classical Liberal Case for Privacy in a World of Surveillance and Technological Change, by Chris Berg

I invite you to reply to this thread with your recommended readings. Best regards.


I can’t speak for it yet, but a friend recommended me The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, by Shoshana Zuboff. I’ve heard good things! :+1:


I have so many about Privacy and Security!

  1. Privacy is Power—Carissa Véliz

  2. Digital Exhaust Opt-Out Guide—FBI/DOJ

  3. PerSec of First Responders in the Digital Age—Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT)

  4. Open Source Intelligence Techniques—Michael Bazzell


3 more books:
The Codebreakers: The Comprehensive History of Secret Communication from Ancient Times to the Internet, by David Kahn.
Crypto: How the Code Rebels Beat the Government–Saving Privacy in the Digital Age, by Steven Levy
The New Technologies of Freedom, by Chris Berg, Darcy Allen and Sinclair Davis

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Dark Mirror by Barton Gellman. Think of it as a companion book to Snowden’s book.


A great, unfortunately Polish-only book “Suicide of Enlightenment? How Neuroscience and New Technologies Devastate the Human World.” by Andrzej Zybertowicz

Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow is another good one

Weapons of Math Destruction, Cathy O’Neil
Automating Humanity, Joe Toscano
Race After Technology, Ruha Benjamin
Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism, Safiya Noble

Adding to the list:

  • There’s A War Going On But No One Can See It by Huib Modderkolk
  • Extreme Privacy by Michael Bazzell
  • Everyday Cryptography by Keith Martin

Not a book, but if it’s available to you, I recommend watching this…

From the classics: I think everyone should have read 1984 by George Orwell.
Dystopian society with a nightmarish privacy situation in part already outdated by current events - which makes it even scarier.