Spies, Lies, and Algorithms, by Amy B. Zegart

Registration opens January 13, 8 a.m.

Spies Lies and Algorithms

Spying has never been more ubiquitous―or less understood. The world is drowning in spy movies, TV shows, and novels, but universities offer more courses on rock and roll than on the CIA and there are more congressional experts on powdered milk than espionage. This crisis in intelligence education is distorting public opinion, fueling conspiracy theories, and hurting intelligence policy. In Spies, Lies, and Algorithms, Amy Zegart separates fact from fiction as she offers an engaging and enlightening account of the past, present, and future of American espionage as it faces a revolution driven by digital technology.

Drawing on decades of research and hundreds of interviews with intelligence officials, Zegart provides a history of U.S. espionage, from George Washington’s Revolutionary War spies to today’s spy satellites; examines how fictional spies are influencing real officials; gives an overview of intelligence basics and life inside America’s intelligence agencies; explains the deadly cognitive biases that can mislead analysts; and explores the vexing issues of traitors, covert action, and congressional oversight.

Most of all, Zegart describes how technology is empowering new enemies and opportunities, and creating powerful new players, such as private citizens who are successfully tracking nuclear threats using little more than Google Earth. And she shows why cyberspace is, in many ways, the ultimate cloak-and-dagger battleground, where nefarious actors employ deception, subterfuge, and advanced technology for theft, espionage, and information warfare.

A fascinating and revealing account of espionage for the digital age, Spies, Lies, and Algorithms is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the reality of spying today.

 

Join PC Reads NonFiction on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 4:00 p.m. to discuss this thought-provoking book and the psychological analysis of Putin that the authors put forward. PC Reads NonFiction is free, but registration is required.

If you register and find that you are unable to attend, email registrar@lifelonglearningatpc.org so someone from the wait list can be contacted.

 

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EVENT DATE/TIME:  Thursday, February 9, 4 - 5:30 p.m.

LOCATION:  LLL CENTER

COST:  No charge

MAXIMUM: 20 - there will be a waitlist.