Surveillance Valley: liftoff in T-minus 1 week
Surveillance Valley hits bookshelves on February 6, 2018 — exactly one week from now.
For those of you waiting for stickers and print books, I'm going to start sending... Read more
Friendly Reminder: fill out your backer survey
Hey — Happy New Year to everyone.
I've been doing some backend accounting and noticed that a few of you haven't yet filled out the surveys I sent last month.... Read more
Surveillance Valley Book Tour!
Mark your calendars: the Surveillance Valley Book Tour kicks off in New York on February 7, 2018. Then I'm off to DC, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and Mountain View. Would... Read more
Getting closer and closer: Surveillance Valley gets physical
The advanced uncorrected page proofs just arrived from the publisher. Woo-hoo! They look great!
Still got edits to do, so it's not over yet. But it's strange to finally... Read more
Still moving along: galley proofs
First Surveillance Valley galley proofs are here. It's crunch time: one big final read before it gets set forever.
Nothing else new to report for now. Talk soon.
—Yasha Levine... Read more
Moving Along: The Copyedit
Less than two months after sending the manuscript to my publisher, I finally got a copyedited version back. Here you can see Surveillance Valleyin all its corrected and still-to-be-tweaked-by-me... Read more
Happy to announce that I just sent the final manuscript for Surveillance Valley to my editor at Public Affairs. It's been a tough ride — 2.5 years since I... Read more
"From Russia, with Panic"
The editing still continues. Meanwhile: the Baffler just posted my long investigative article about the politicized, con-infested cyber-attribution industry.
In the article (which was published in issue #34 of The Baffler) I look... Read more
Surveillance Valley: The Editing Continues (In the Cold)!
Time for another irregularly scheduled update!
I've been living in St. Petersburg — aka Leningrad, the city of my birth — for the past several months, escaping New York's... Read more
Surveillance Valley: First Draft
Hey! It’s been a while. Sorry for the radio silence. But as you probably guessed, I’ve been in a writing hole working hard to finish the book. I'm getting there:... Read more
Internet Freedom and PublicAffairs
Been a while since my last update. So now I have two!
News #1:I just finished a short but packed trip to Germany and Austria to do some research... Read more
End of summer update: 100-year-old computers, surveillance and the CIA...
Hey — it’s been a while! But I've been keeping busy. Between writing/researching the book, moving to New York with my wife and helping film a documentary (based on my previous... Read more
Surveillance Valley: Google vs the Homeless
I've been hard at work on the book and expect to have an exciting update to share with you soon. In the meantime, I'd like to turn your attention to... Read more
Read Spanish? Then check out this interview with me on Surveillance Valley...
Read Spanish? Then check out this interview with me in "Ni a Palos" — a little paper out of Buenos Aires with a great name: "Not even if beaten with... Read more
Another quick update...
It's been a month since my last update. I've been finishing up some of old reporting projects and tying up old articles — and have finally started getting down to... Read more
BLASTOFF! Surveillance Valley is a success!
A huge thank you to everyone who pitched in and made this happen. It's been a humbling and inspiring 30 days!
I'm on the road now, but will be in... Read more
Surveillance Valley success...and a new fundraising goal!
Surveillance Valley is fully funded, almost a week ahead of schedule! Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen!
Your generous support is proof of the level of interest... Read more
Google's Cheetah: A peek into life in Surveillance Valley
We have officially entered the last week of the Surveillance Valleycampaign. It's been a great and rewarding experience, and I'd like to mark the occasion by sharing a short... Read more
Quick half-time update…
…Surveillance Valley is only two weeks in, and is inching close and closer to its final funding goal every day. I'll be publishing more updates as we get closer to deadline.... Read more
Second day of the campaign...
...was even better than the first. Surveillance Valley is now past 35% of its goal. I'm humbled by people's interest and support, and am looking forward to finishing the campaign... Read more
First day of the campaign...
...was a huge success. Now "Surveillance Valley" is at 15% of its goal. A big thank you to everyone who contributed. Couldn't have done it without you. Goodnight!
Kickstarter ❤ Surveillance Valley: Campaign is now a "Staff Pick"
Just got an email from Kickstarter saying that the "team loves your project." Surveillance Valley: The Rise of the Google-Military Complex is now officially a Kickstarter "Staff Pick."
Pando Daily features my "Surveillance Valley" Kickstarter campaign...
Read about how the amazing feedback that I've received from readers all around the world inspired me to write Surveillance Valley: The Rise of the Google-Military Complex:
"[Readers'] overwhelmingly positive... Read more