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Password (Object Lessons)

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en Limba Engleză Carte Paperback – 28 Jul 2016

Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.Where does a password end and an identity begin? A person might be more than his chosen ten-character combination, but does a bank know that? Or an email provider? What's an 'identity theft' in the digital age if not the unauthorized use of a password? In untangling the histories, cultural contexts and philosophies of the password, Martin Paul Eve explores how 'what we know' became 'who we are', revealing how the modern notion of identity has been shaped by the password. Ranging from ancient Rome and the 'watchwords' of military encampments, through the three-factor authentication systems of Harry Potter and up to the biometric scanner in the iPhone, Password makes a timely and important contribution to our understanding of the words, phrases and special characters that determine our belonging and, often, our being.Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.

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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9781501314872
ISBN-10: 1501314874
Pagini: 136
Ilustrații: 3 b/w illustrations
Dimensiuni: 121 x 165 x 14 mm
Greutate: 0.16 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Academic
Seria Object Lessons

Locul publicării: New York, United States

Caracteristici

Ranges from ancient Rome and military watchwords to the contemporary idea of "identity theft" (and in fact the whole notion of linking passwords with identity)

Notă biografică

Martin Paul Eve is Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. He is the author of Open Access and the Humanities: Contexts, Controversies and the Future (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014) and Pynchon and Philosophy: Wittgenstein, Foucault and Adorno (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).


Cuprins

1. Introduction2. "Who goes there?": Military, Mortality and Passwords3. Special Characters: Passwords in Literature and Film4. P455w0rd5 and the Digital Era5. IdentityList of IllustrationsNotesIndex


Recenzii

Conjuring our passwords has become a daily act of our computer-saturated existence. By no means sequestered to our digital present, Martin Paul Eve's excellent account of the password covers its long and lively history. Weaving literary references with lucid technical explanations, Eve skillfully traces the evolution of password to probe its fundamental connections to issues of human identity, trust, and ownership.