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Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion, First Edition by Harry Lewis, Ken Ledeen, Hal Abelson

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Chapter 1Digital Explosion

Why Is It Happening, and What Is at Stake?

On September 19, 2007, while driving alone near Seattle on her way to work, Tanya Rider went off the road and crashed into a ravine.[*] For eight days, she was trapped upside down in the wreckage of her car. Severely dehydrated and suffering from injuries to her leg and shoulder, she nearly died of kidney failure. Fortunately, rescuers ultimately found her. She spent months recuperating in a medical facility. Happily, she was able to go home for Christmas.

[*] Citations of facts and sources appear at the end of the book. A page number and a phrase identify the passage.

Tanya's story is not just about a woman, an accident, and a rescue. It is a story about bits—the zeroes and ...

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