Over the winter break I started diving through Liars & Outliers and was interested to read a book, other than Applied Cryptography, by Bruce. His blog is outstanding so I was looking forward to the read.
The book breaks down the societal pressures placed upon people in order to maintain a level of cohesiveness. I am simplifying here, but generally that is the theme. This is not a security book, a crypto book, but is a book that breaks down the problem in deteriorating trust models around the world.. unfortunately without a solution (as if it would be that easy)!
The principle opening of the book I feel could be improved by the consideration of Emergence and Chaos theory, but otherwise the book is based on research done by other’s and a good observant perspective.
A few sections where I did write in the margins related to –
- Misunderstanding the reason for defection. The common challenge of putting in controls to prevent an activity that have zero effect on the defector
- Elements that define why defectors in a technological world are successful (later in the book).
Overall, I would recommend this as a kindle read given I didn’t do much note taking… A decent read for those interested in the topic. If you are looking for security though, that should be directed towards Bruce’s blog or his security books.