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BOOK REVIEW

‘Consent of the Networked’ by Rebecca MacKinnon

Last year Exodus International, a Christian group that regards homosexuality as sinful, expressed that view in a software app created for Apple Inc.’s iPhone. Over 150,000 people contacted Apple to protest the app. In response, Apple barred the software from its online store.

A victory for tolerance? Perhaps. But as Internet policy maven Rebecca MacKinnon warns in an important new book, Apple’s decision should serve as a warning that the liberating power of digital technology is under threat from corporations and governments alike.

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