The People Vs Tech: How the internet is killing democracy (and how we save it) (Paperback)Jamie Bartlett (author)
Tech expert and activist Jamie Bartlett rigorously picks apart the threats to political transparency, collective free will and personal freedom that emanate from the relentless rise and rise of big tech. Urgent and passionate yet focused and informed, The People vs. Tech is an essential diatribe against the erosion of democracy by Silicon Valley demagogues.
The internet was meant to set us free. Tech has radically changed the way we live our lives. But have we unwittingly handed too much away to shadowy powers behind a wall of code, all manipulated by a handful of Silicon Valley utopians, ad men, and venture capitalists?
And what does that mean for democracy, our delicately balanced system of government that was created long before big data, total information and artificial intelligence?
In this urgent polemic, Jamie Bartlett argues that through our unquestioning embrace of big tech, the building blocks of democracy are slowly being removed. The middle class is being eroded, sovereign authority and civil society is weakened, and we citizens are losing our critical faculties, maybe even our free will.
The People Vs Tech is an enthralling account of how our fragile political system is being threatened by the digital revolution.
Bartlett explains that by upholding six key pillars of democracy, we can save it before it is too late.
We need to become active citizens; uphold a shared democratic culture; protect free elections; promote equality; safeguard competitive and civic freedoms; and trust in a sovereign authority.
In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal this essential book shows that the stakes couldn't be higher and that, unless we radically alter our course, democracy will join feudalism, supreme monarchies and communism as just another political experiment that quietly disappeared.
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 220 g
Dimensions: 198 x 126 x 19 mm
'People vs Tech makes clear that there is still time — just — for us to take back control.' - The Times
'A provocative report on the "looming dystopia" of the digital revolution and its effects on democracy... [Bartlett] meticulously scrutinizes the social and political consequences of our increasingly digitized world and how its control compromises societal frameworks and individual freedoms... His renunciation of tech's tightening stronghold is consistently cogent, as is the viable, counterbalancing arsenal of pragmatic solutions that he provides at the end of the book. Relevant, cautionary, prognosticative insights on the enduring digitization vs. democracy turf war.' - Kirkus
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