The award-winning Financial Times columnist exposes the threat that Big Tech poses to our democracies, our economies and ourselves
'Powerful' Sunday Times
Google and Facebook receive 90% of the world's news advertising spend. Amazon takes half of all e-commerce in the US. Google and Apple operating systems run on all but 1% of cell phones globally. And 80% of corporate wealth is now held by 10% of companies - the digital titans. How did these once-idealistic and innovative companies come to manipulate elections, violate our privacy and pose a threat to the fabric of our democracy?
Through her skilled reporting and unparalleled access, Rana Foroohar reveals the true extent to which the 'FAANG's (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google) crush or absorb competitors, hijack our personal data and mental space and offshore their exorbitant profits. What's more, she shows how these threats to our democracies, livelihoods and minds are all intertwined. Yet Foroohar also lays out a plan for how we can resist, creating a framework that fosters innovation while protecting us from the dark side of digital technology.
'A masterful critique' Observer
'Insightful and powerfully argued' Daily Mail
'Essential reading ... whip-smart' Niall Ferguson
'Laser vision and trenchant business analysis' Shoshana Zuboff
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- Verlag: Penguin Books Ltd
- Seitenzahl: 368
- Erscheinungstermin: 07.11.2019
- ISBN-13: 9780241404300
- Artikelnr.: 56505514
If journalism is the first rough draft of history, then we are most fortunate to have Rana Foroohar s laser vision and trenchant business analysis turned on the tech giants and the gluttonous anti-democratic surveillance capitalism that is their most far-reaching innovation. Foroohar s examination of Big Tech s audacity, plunder, and self-dealing economics is a crucial contribution to the growing debate on how to constrain the dark power of the tech corporations, binding them to the real needs of people and society. Shoshana Zuboff, author of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism and Professor Emerita at Harvard Business School
Rana Foroohar s new book explains how Big Tech firms have moved permanently beyond the reach of tax laws by leveraging the same opaque financial wizardry and scale that big banks did before the financial crisis, while also exploiting information asymmetries that demote us from citizens to mere consumers. Her urgent message: Yes, we really are living in the Matrix, and it s time to rise up and resist our algorithmic overlords. This book shows us how. Cathy O Neil, The New York Times bestselling author of Weapons of Math Destruction and CEO of ORCAA
The first book on the big tech crisis to propose a set of realistic solutions. This book should be read by every policy maker both in the United States and around the world. As Foroohar makes clear, the self-regulation of Big Tech is not an option, and she proposes real-world solutions that could make a big difference. Jonathan Taplin, Director Emeritus of the Annenberg Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California and author of Move Fast and Break Things
Giant tech companies are an ungoverned global economic and social force that we all must understand. They contribute to division and threaten the very cohesion of society. Foroohar s big-picture thinking is much needed. This compelling and deeply informed book will help guide our responses to a dangerous new era. David Kirkpatrick, The New York Times bestselling author of The Facebook Effect
Rana Foroohar is a beacon of insight in the world of financial journalism. In Don t Be Evil, she applies her brilliance to the increasingly nightmarish behavior of tech giants like Amazon, Google, and Facebook. It is a must-read. Roger McNamee, The New York Times bestselling author of Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe
When we choose technology s convenience without considering its tradeoffs, we ceded control to a muscular, unregulated strain of capitalism that is now costing us far more than we thought. Don t Be Evil comes just in time, with a warning citizens, policy makers, and the tech industry itself can no longer afford to ignore. John Battelle, co-founder of Wired and author of The Search