"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, in light of recent data breach scandals around companies like Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, 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."
In the wake of new revelations about Facebook and Cambridge Analytica (your personal information sold and used against you in a way which you implicitly accept through clauses buried in massive terms and conditions, where you and your information have become the commodity to be bought and sold? WHO KNEW?), Jamie Bartlett's book could not have been released at a better time. Gaining considerable traction when it was launched in print, it is now available as an e-book, priced at £4.99 for the Kindle.