Book review: 'Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust that Society Needs to Thrive'

Bruce Schneier's newest book explores how security without trust is destined to fail

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Overall, I learned enough that I'm going to have to go back and re-examine my treatise on significantly improving Internet security. For one, my Internet safety goal has always been to eradicate all Internet crime. I now realize that my goal should be to right-size Internet crime to an acceptable level.

A second lesson is that it will be very hard to design a perfect proactive security system without taking away too much of the freedom necessary for civilization to take advantage of the positive gains of the technology. Make a system too secure, and you'll lose the audience you're trying to protect.

The fact that "Liars and Outliers" prompted me to go back and update my own thinking is truly the measure of Schneier's latest book. It was so good that I had. Thanks again, Bruce. Can't wait for your next one.

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