The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power

Category: Economics
Author: Shoshana Zuboff
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by mfer   2021-10-25
Just remember, Google is the company that has surveillance on people more than the others. And they use what the capture.

https://www.amazon.com/Age-Surveillance-Capitalism-Future-Fr...

by streamofdigits   2021-10-08
Reading the book is definitely recommended. A lot of people have an intuitive feeling of how things have gotten out of control but she places the developments in context [0]. She is quite clear that "breaking up" is not a solution as it will merely create a cluster of replicas. She is basically arguing for banning the business model underpinning surveillance capitalism. There are many reviews out there, find one from a source you trust. This Harvard Business Review podcast has a summary interview ~30 min [1]

I don't think the issue of controlling information flow (which is a political hot potato) has much to do with the legitimacy or not of this business model. E.g., Newspapers are obviously controlling flow, may have biases from sponsors, advertisers etc but they do not create user profiles by collecting all the private data they can get access to, they do not modify news shown based on profiles and (in any democracy) there is a wide variety of them and you can always choose which one to read.

[0] https://www.amazon.com/Age-Surveillance-Capitalism-Future-Fr...

[1] https://hbr.org/podcast/2019/06/surveillance-capitalism

by stiray   2020-03-05
Or some of us have obsession about unhealthy distopia that is at the end of facebook road.

May I recomend you a book? https://www.amazon.com/Age-Surveillance-Capitalism-Future-Fr...

Or, if books are not your thing, maybe watch Black Mirror - Nosedive (S03E01).

You need to understand that some people are older than facebook and have seen the tranformation of human society since the Facebook came.

by stiray   2019-08-16
The competition was what made those services better. Now there is situation where is almost no competition. Which is killing the possibility to get even better services.

Google has gone its way to the mega corporation where nothing else matters but money. And they are moving into direction where this money is comming from worse possible sources.

Regarding "true evil", to some people google IS true evil. And based of their conduct in last 5 years it is hard to argue.

If you want some insight, read: https://www.amazon.com/Age-Surveillance-Capitalism-Future-Fr...

> Do you remember how terrible email was before Gmail? How awful MapQuest was before Google maps?

No? There was nothing wrong with email without g. I am still using it and having my own mail server. And now you have OpenStreetMaps, I don't use Google Maps, when I want map, I want MAP, not map&ads&suggestions&search&reviews,..

by rational_faultline   2019-07-21

For anyone still on the fence around the potential dangers of surveillance like this please read this book immediately:

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power https://www.amazon.com/dp/1610395697/

We have unknowingly given these companies ultimate power over our future. Three men control the majority of the world's opinions and have the ability to force their worldview on everyone.

by CellularArrest   2019-07-21

I would recommend checking out Age of Surveillance-Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power.

It goes into detail about how companies use your data. Not Reddit specifically, but it's likely that many background checks will have any particularity spicy Reddit (or any other SM accounts they can tie you to) comments attached. You don't know what Reddit is selling.

by IntnsRed   2019-07-21

The Harvard business school professor talks about numerous aspects and her book the Age of Surveillance Capitalism. (Warning: That link is to Amazon.com and the world's richest man will keep track of what you view and are thinking about.)

My favorite was her point that Facebook has contracts with third-party apps to gather information including a person's weight and menstrual cycles.

The professor's point is not to focus on Facebook's fetish on women's periods, but to understand this from a macro economic viewpoint and as part of a system.

by IntnsRed   2019-07-21

The Harvard business school professor talks about numerous aspects and her book the Age of Surveillance Capitalism. (Warning: That link is to Amazon.com and the world's richest man will keep track of what you view and are thinking about.)

My favorite was her point that Facebook has contracts with third-party apps to gather information including a person's weight and menstrual cycles.

The professor's point is not to focus on Facebook's fetish on women's periods, but to understand this from a macro economic viewpoint and as part of a system.

by drallison   2019-02-02
Worth reading in this regard: Shoshana Zubhoff's The Age of Surveillance Capitalism. https://www.amazon.com/Age-Surveillance-Capitalism-Future-Fr...
by drallison   2019-02-02
This is an important, carefully researched book, one which everyone who is working with the Internet should read. The portrait of today's reality (and our future reality) is disquieting. https://www.amazon.com/Age-Surveillance-Capitalism-Future-Fr...
by drallison   2019-01-20
This article reviews Shoshana Zuboff's The Age of Surveillance Capitalism (https://www.amazon.com/Age-Surveillance-Capitalism-Future-Fr...). A worthwhile and detailed analysis of modern social computer systems and the issues associated with survveillance. The question is, do the benefits justify the costs.