Foreword to the Paperback Edition

This book was completed in August 2011. It went on sale five months later, in early 2012. The paperback edition will be released to readers in late spring 2013. Much has happened over those twenty months, to put it mildly.

Hardly a day goes by without at least one significant news headline related to issues of online free expression, electronic privacy, censorship, and digital surveillance in some part of the world. Consent of the Networked offers a broader conceptual framework for making sense of these developments: how they relate to one another, what they mean in the context of our own lives, and what each and every one of us can do to defend and preserve our rights in the Internet age.

The new afterword discusses some of the major events of 2012. Many readers have remarked that the book’s arguments and analysis have not just been reflected in the events of late 2011 and all of 2012, but have indeed been reinforced by what has happened since the book first came out. As history continues to accelerate, I am hopeful that Consent of the Networked will remain useful to any reader concerned about the future of freedom in the Internet age.

Rebecca MacKinnon
January 2013
Washington, DC

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