Freedom to Think: The Long Struggle to Liberate Our Minds (Hardback)Susie Alegre (author)
From Galileo Galilei to Alexa, Alegre charts the enticing history of our most vital human right – the freedom of thought – and explores the serious challenges modern technology and big data impose on our quest to liberate our minds.
Without a moment's pause, we share our most intimate thoughts with trillion-dollar tech companies. Their algorithms categorize us and jump to troubling conclusions about who we are. They also shape our everyday thoughts, choices and actions - from who we date to whether we vote. But this is just the latest front in an age-old struggle.
Part history and part manifesto, Freedom to Think explores how the powerful have always sought to influence how we think and what we buy. Connecting the dots from Galileo to Alexa, human rights lawyer Susie Alegre charts the history and fragility of our most important human right: freedom of thought.
Filled with shocking case-studies across politics, criminal justice, and everyday life, this ground-breaking book shows how our mental freedom is under threat like never before. Bold and radical, Alegre argues that only by recasting our human rights for the digital age can we safeguard our future.
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 619 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 28 mm
Profoundly essential and deeply engaging. If freedom of thought and the very possibility of a free society are to survive the digital century, then we urgently need the rights and laws that will make it so. Thankfully, Alegre stands with us to lead and light the way, beginning with her compelling, powerful, and necessary book.' - Shoshana Zuboff, author of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism
'A brilliant, accessible book by a brilliant lawyer. Freedom of thought is a fundamental human right and Susie Alegre powerfully argues that it needs to be harnessed now.' - Helena Kennedy QC, author of Eve was Framed
'Freedom to Think identifies and then fills a gaping hole in how we consider the world. It is a book that will shake and refresh, but ultimately leave you more hopeful about the future.' - Alison Goldsworthy, CEO of The Depolarization Project and author of Poles Apart
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