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Cory Doctorow's "Little Brother" published in 2008 (available for free under the creative commons licence!)

I bought it for a young relative, and was very taken with it myself. It's pitched at adolescents, and works well as an adventure story, but it also works as a blueprint for building the shadow internet.

In the story, set in the "near future", the Department of Homeland Security has staged a soft putsch by staging terrorist attacks, and clamps down on everything in sight - arbitrary arrests, waterboarding etc. As the internet is tightly monitored, the nerds fight back by building an alternative internet, using Microsoft X-Box game consoles (in the book, Microsoft gave away the consoles to gain market share, so everyone has one, but no-one uses them because the games are too expensive). They use a distro called ParanoidLinux, and build a peer-to-peer network using the consoles' wifi...

The hero is known as w1n5t0n.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue Dec 21st, 2010 at 04:47:29 PM EST

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