A Quick Plug
Katherine Druckman and Doc Searls revisit the topic of data privacy.
We’re back to the newsletter after a bit of a 2022 hiatus, and it’s perfect timing with the topic of our most recent episode. Last week, we circled back to the topic that got our podcast started and explored what has, and possibly more notably, what hasn’t changed with regard to data privacy and personal agency. While we may not have seen the progress we had hoped for, there has been some notable work (including some praiseworthy books, linked below), so we hope you’ll join us as we discuss the changes we have seen in the last three and a half years.
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Thank you to frequent guest, Shawn Powers, for sending us this gem that we had to resurrect the newsletter just to share with you.
This Week’s Reading List
Ostrom Workshop Calendar — The main business model of the Web goes by a label we all now know from the title of Shoshana Zuboff’s landmark book, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power. How do we fight surveillance capitalism? And how do we work around it? How, especially, can we keep our new Byway from becoming infested with it—or with the mendacities behind it? Nobody better to help us toward answers than Shoshana herself, who leads this finale to our salon series. Scholar, writer, and activist Shoshana Zuboff is the author of three major books, each of which signaled the start of a new epoch in technological society. Her recent masterwork, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, an international bestseller translated into twenty-six languages, has been hailed as the tech industry’s Silent Spring and the Das Kapital of the 21st Century. Professor Zuboff is the Charles Edward Wilson Professor Emeritus at Harvard Business School and a faculty associate at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights. Her work has received the Axel Springer Award (2019), the EPIC Lifetime Achievement Award (2021), and is the first recipient of the Global Privacy Assembly Giovanni Buttarelli Award (2021).
Opinion | Facebook and the Surveillance Society: The Other Coup - The New York Times — We can have democracy, or we can have a surveillance society, but we cannot have both.
Slaughterbots - Wikipedia — Slaughterbots is a 2017 arms-control advocacy video presenting a dramatized near-future scenario where swarms of inexpensive microdrones use artificial intelligence and facial recognition to assassinate political opponents based on preprogrammed criteria.
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