Cogent and forward-thinking.



A worthwhile if less than objective examination of security and consumer privacy.

This debut is a noble attempt to demonstrate “the complex relationship between privacy, security and convenience” while offering an overview of current and future technologies designed to thwart security and privacy breaches. Trepp, who leads a facial recognition company, concentrates largely on consumer privacy, which, he writes, is being shaped by technology and consumers “working together…to create a new standard.” While the book certainly could appeal to consumers, it seems to primarily target companies that operate in the security and privacy world. Included, for example, are eight ways companies can lead a privacy revolution, several capsule case studies of companies that have stepped outside the boundaries of privacy, and a set of five privacy guidelines that conveniently spell out the word T-R-U-S-T. These guidelines, it should be mentioned, are built around the manner in which Trepp’s company, FaceFirst, approaches privacy and security protection. In fact, the entire book skews rather heavily toward facial recognition technology; parts two, three, four, and five of a six-part work rely primarily on facial recognition and biometrics to guide the discussion. All security roads, apparently, lead to biometrics: “It’s also easy to imagine how face recognition could replace your government ID, the key fob to your office, your ATM card and even your car key.” Still, this obvious bias doesn’t undermine the broader issues raised by the author. Trepp writes with considerable knowledge and authority; his overview of the potential “cashier-less future” of retail is fascinating, and his assessment of security risks at airports and other public venues is sobering. The author’s descriptions of AI–driven technologies, such as voice and facial recognition, are futuristic yet pragmatic. Perhaps because Trepp suspected his overall argument could be interpreted as defensively one-sided, he uses the last part of the book to feature “a global conversation on privacy” in which he asks numerous privacy thought leaders to respond to three key questions. The insights shared by these individuals help legitimize the book.

Cogent and forward-thinking.

Pub Date: Oct. 17, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-72882-736-0

Page Count: 208

Publisher: Time Tunnel Media

Review Posted Online: April 23, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2019

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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