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The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

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Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 704
Subject: Current Affairs, Politics & Economics

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

The Fight for the Future at the New Frontier of Power

Shoshana Zuboff

New century; new technologies; no rules-a visionary expert reveals the radical, dangerous reality of modern capitalism

Hardback(Preorder only)
9781781256848 (Published 31 Jan 2019)
£25

About the book

"Everyone needs to read this book as an act of digital self-defense." -- Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything, Shock Doctrine and No Logo, and Gloria Steinem Chair in Media, Culture, and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University

"No zippy one-liners from me, except to almost literally beg you to read/ingest this book" -- Tom Peters author of In Search of Excellence

The challenges to humanity posed by the digital future, the first detailed examination of the unprecedented form of power called "surveillance capitalism," and the quest by powerful corporations to predict and control us.

The heady optimism that defined the Internet's early days is gone. Technologies that were meant to liberate us have deepened inequality and stoked divisions. Tech companies gather our information online and sell it to the highest bidder, whether government or retailer. Profits now depend not only on predicting our behaviour but modifying it too. How will this fusion of capitalism and the digital shape our values and define our future?

Shoshana Zuboff shows that we are at a crossroads. We still have the power to decide what kind of world we want to live in, and what we decide now will shape the rest of the century. Our choices: allow technology to enrich the few and impoverish the many, or harness it and distribute its benefits.

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism is a deeply-reasoned examination of the threat of unprecedented power free from democratic oversight. As it explores this new capitalism's impact on society, politics, business, and technology, it exposes the struggles that will decide both the next chapter of capitalism and the meaning of information civilization. Most critically, it shows how we can protect ourselves and our communities and ensure we are the masters of the digital rather than its slaves.

About the author

Shoshana Zuboff has been called 'the true prophet of the information age' by the Financial Times for her ground-breaking book, In the Age of the Smart Machine. She is now the Charles Edward Wilson Professor Emerita at Harvard Business School as well as Faculty Associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. In 2006, strategy+business magazine named her one of the eleven most original business thinkers in the world.

Reviews

I will make a guarantee: Assuming we survive to tell the tale, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism has a high probability of joining the likes Adam Smith's The Wealth of Natiions and Max Weber's Economy and Society as defining social-economics texts of modern times. It is not a 'quick read;' it is to be savored and re-read and discussed with colleagues and friends. No zippy one-liners from me, except to almost literally beg you to read/ingest this book

- Tom Peters author of In Search of Excellence

Praise for In the Age of the Smart Machine:
'A work of rare originality and engrossing complexity

- New York Times Book Review

Ground-breaking, magisterial and synthetically brilliant

- Technology and Culture

Examined with force and almost cunning insight what is yet to come

- Encyclopedia of Software Engineering

Additional Information

Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 704
Subject: Current Affairs, Politics & Economics
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