The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power (Paperback)Shoshana Zuboff (author)
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An urgent call to arms against the economic and social divisions exacerbated by the rise of big tech and the omnipotent power of the internet, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism sets out an alternative plan to liberate the many rather than enrich the few. Cogently argued and burning with reforming zeal, Zuboff’s impassioned volume is one of the most important books of the year.
'Everyone needs to read this book as an act of digital self-defense.' - Naomi Klein
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.
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 704
Weight: 508 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 38 mm
'It's quite possible that the single most important book about politics, economics, culture and society in this century is Shoshana Zuboff's The Age of Surveillance Capitalism It's the Das Kapital for our times.' - Fintan O'Toole, The Irish Times
'Das Kapital of the digital age' - Hugo Rifkind, The Times
'Magisterial, indispensable' - Carole Cadwalladr, The Observer
'An intensively researched, engagingly written chronicle of surveillance capitalism's origins and its deleterious prospects for our society ... This is the rare book that we should trust to lead us down the long hard road of understanding' - Jacob Silverman, The New York Times
'Groundbreaking, magisterial ... unmissable' - John Thornhill, The Financial Times
'Comprehensive and impassioned ... an important book' - Bryan Appleyard, The Sunday Times
'Groundbreaking ... Aiming to apply Marx's account of surplus value in a time when capital is accumulated through knowledge-based technology, she has given us an illuminating critical perspective on the regime of surveillance under which we all now live' - The New Statesman
'A bold, important book ... Combining in-depth technical understanding and a broad, humanistic scope, Zuboff has written what may prove to be the first definitive account of the economic - and thus social and political - condition of our age.' - James Bridle, The Guardian
'An exceptional and necessary book about the information civilisation we have become' - David Patrikarakos, The Literary Review