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I Tweet What I Like - So Sue Me (Paperback): Jackie Phamotse I Tweet What I Like - So Sue Me (Paperback)
Jackie Phamotse 1
R250 R199 Discovery Miles 1 990 Save R51 (20%) In stock

Jackie Phamotse digs deep into the climate of law and policy in the social media landscape.

After a David and Goliath social media legal battle that saw many take note tweeting about her, the result is a brace, thought-provoking and remarkably detailed social media guide and personal narrative. A first-hand approach on beating public humiliation and cyber victimization, Phamotse combines personal anecdotes, hard data and compelling research to cut through an unjust system governed by the rich and famous. The author directly addresses the question of power and obsession related to social media influencers.

Written with equal doses of humor, compassion and wisdom, I Tweet What I Like is an inspiring call to action, celebrating diversity and human potential. I Tweet What I Like will inspire you!

Systems Analysis and Design (Hardcover, 11th Edition): Harry J. Rosenblatt, Scott Tilley Systems Analysis and Design (Hardcover, 11th Edition)
Harry J. Rosenblatt, Scott Tilley
R801 R685 Discovery Miles 6 850 Save R116 (14%) Shipped within 8 - 13 working days

Discover a practical, streamlined, updated approach to information systems development that covers both traditional and emerging technologies and approaches to systems analysis and design. SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN, 11E offers a well-organized, streamlined approach. Chapter objectives are keyed directly to chapter headings, making content easy to comprehend and convenient to study. Numerous real-world examples and screenshots ensure content is current and relevant. In addition, key terms at the end of the chapter now include definitions so you don't have to flip back and forth to a glossary. Exercises throughout this edition emphasize critical thinking and IT skills in a dynamic, business-related environment. This new edition offers everything you need to prepare for success in today's intensely competitive and rapidly changing business world.

These Things Really Do Happen To Me (Paperback): Khaya Dlanga These Things Really Do Happen To Me (Paperback)
Khaya Dlanga
R190 R164 Discovery Miles 1 640 Save R26 (14%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Sometimes real life is stranger than fiction. That certainly is the case when considering the things that happen to Khaya Dlanga in the course of his everyday life. Khaya often shares these stories in brief via Instagram or his other social media platforms. He is finally succumbing to the pressure from the many people who read his posts and want more details, and is telling all of these stories and more in These Things Really Do Happen To Me.

Always entertaining, and often containing astute observations regarding various social practices and situations, Khaya tells wide-ranging stories – his lunch with William Shatner; how he fell asleep next to President Thabo Mbeki; how he got hit on by a deaf girl; how his dreadlocks didn’t get the expected reaction from his mom; the greatest pick-up line ever used on him; awkward encounters with exes; what happens when you parallel park in Parkhurst; and what he has learnt in the course of his eventful life – that are guaranteed to entertain and enlighten readers.

Principles Of Business Information Systems (Paperback, 3rd Edition): Ralph Stair, George Reynolds, Thomas Chesney Principles Of Business Information Systems (Paperback, 3rd Edition)
Ralph Stair, George Reynolds, Thomas Chesney 1
R622 Discovery Miles 6 220 In stock

Now in its third edition, Principles of Business Information Systems has been fully updated with new cases, new questions and assignments and the latest technologies, whilst also retaining its comprehensive coverage of Information Systems issues.

This new international edition also boasts a wealth of real world examples from a broad range of countries and updated coverage of IT and technological issues, making it perfect for courses that prepare students for the modern corporate world.

Why Social Media Is Ruining Your Life (Hardcover): Katherine Ormerod Why Social Media Is Ruining Your Life (Hardcover)
Katherine Ormerod 1
R279 R213 Discovery Miles 2 130 Save R66 (24%) In stock

Do you ever obsess about your body? Do you lie awake at night, fretting about the state of your career? Does everyone else's life seem better than yours? Does it feel as if you'll never be good enough? Why Social Media Is Ruining Your Life tackles head on the pressure cooker of comparison and unreachable levels of perfection that social media has created in our modern world.

In this book, Katherine Ormerod meets the experts involved in curating, building and combating the most addictive digital force humankind has ever created. From global influencers - who collectively have over 10 million followers - to clinical psychologists, plastic surgeons and professors, Katherine uncovers how our relationship with social media has rewired our behavioural patterns, destroyed our confidence and shattered our attention spans.

Why Social Media Is Ruining Your Life is a call to arms that will provide you with the knowledge, tactics and weaponry you need to find a more healthy way to consume social media and reclaim your happiness.

Hashtag Authentic - Finding creativity and building a community on Instagram and beyond (Hardcover): Sara Tasker Hashtag Authentic - Finding creativity and building a community on Instagram and beyond (Hardcover)
Sara Tasker 1
R412 R335 Discovery Miles 3 350 Save R77 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

In Hashtag Authentic, social media guru Sara Tasker provides tips, advice and guidance on how to turn your personal Instagram account into a profitable creative outlet. Since setting up her Instagram account (me_and_orla) while on maternity leave in 2013, Sara has become a celebrated influencer and iPhoneographer, and through her calm, atmospheric and authentic style has garnered legions of followers. Here, Sara presents the lessons she has learned along the way. Sara's nurturing voice and enchanting photography provide guidance on: Storytelling, with tips on finding your own visual style and personal niche. Making pictures, including composing for Instagram, finding the best light and getting the most out of your camera phone. Archiving your life, with tips organized by themes like Craft & Making, Family & Pets and Food & Ingredients. Sharing your world, detailing the keys to Instagram success and beyond. Hashtag Authentic is both an inspiring manual and an interactive tool for finding an online voice, growing a tribe and becoming an influencer.

Interaction Design - Beyond Human-computer Interaction (Paperback, 4th Revised Edition): Jenny Preece, Helen Sharp, Yvonne... Interaction Design - Beyond Human-computer Interaction (Paperback, 4th Revised Edition)
Jenny Preece, Helen Sharp, Yvonne Rogers
R1,178 R917 Discovery Miles 9 170 Save R261 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

A new edition of the #1 text in the Human Computer Interaction field! Hugely popular with students and professionals alike, Interaction Design is an ideal resource for learning the interdisciplinary skills needed for interaction design, human computer interaction, information design, web design and ubiquitous computing. This text offers a cross-disciplinary, practical and process-oriented introduction to the field, showing not just what principles ought to apply to interaction design, but crucially how they can be applied. An accompanying website contains extensive additional teaching and learning material including slides for each chapter, comments on chapter activities and a number of in-depth case studies written by researchers and designers.

Ethics in Information Technology (Paperback, 5th edition): George Reynolds Ethics in Information Technology (Paperback, 5th edition)
George Reynolds
R769 R653 Discovery Miles 6 530 Save R116 (15%) Shipped within 8 - 13 working days

Gain a strong understanding of the legal, ethical, and societal implications of information technology with Reynolds' ETHICS IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, Fifth Edition. The latest edition of this dynamic text provides up-to-date, thorough coverage of notable technology developments and their impact on business today. You will examine issues surrounding professional codes of ethics, file sharing, infringement of intellectual property, security risk assessment, Internet crime, identity theft, employee surveillance, privacy, compliance, social networking, and the ethics of IT corporations. This book offers an excellent foundation in ethical decision-making for current and future business managers and IT professionals. Unlike typical introductory Information Systems books that cover ethical issues only briefly, ETHICS IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY provides thorough coverage to prepare the individuals responsible for addressing ethical issues in today's workplace. You will learn how to examine ethical situations that typically arise in IT and gain practical advice for addressing the relevant issues. Up-to-the-minute business vignettes and thought-provoking questions challenge your knowledge, while features focused on decision-making--including updated Manager's Checklists--provide brief, critical points to consider in making key business decisions. Trust ETHICS IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, Fifth Edition, to equip you with the understanding of IT and ethics needed for confident decision-making and professional success.

Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now (Hardcover): Jaron Lanier Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now (Hardcover)
Jaron Lanier 1
R215 R169 Discovery Miles 1 690 Save R46 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

'A blisteringly good, urgent, essential read' ZADIE SMITH Jaron Lanier, the world-famous Silicon Valley scientist-pioneer and 'high-tech genius' (Sunday Times) who first alerted us to the dangers of social media, explains why its toxic effects are at the heart of its design, and explains in ten simple arguments why liberating yourself from its hold will transform your life and the world for the better. Social media is making us sadder, angrier, less empathetic, more fearful, more isolated and more tribal. In recent months it has become horribly clear that social media is not bringing us together - it is tearing us apart. In Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now Jaron Lanier draws on his insider's expertise to explain precisely how social media works - by deploying constant surveillance and subconscious manipulation of its users - and why its cruel and dangerous effects are at the heart of its current business model and design. As well as offering ten simple arguments for liberating yourself from its addictive hold, his witty and urgent manifesto outlines a vision for an alternative that provides all the benefits of social media without the harm. So, if you want a happier life, a more just and peaceful world, or merely the chance to think for yourself without being monitored and influenced by the richest corporations in history, then the best thing you can do, for now, is delete your social media accounts - right now. You will almost certainly become a calmer and possibly a nicer person in the process.

Tim Noakes - The Quiet Maverick (Paperback): Daryl Ilbury Tim Noakes - The Quiet Maverick (Paperback)
Daryl Ilbury 5
R230 R181 Discovery Miles 1 810 Save R49 (21%) In stock

On 5 February 2014, world-renowned scientist Tim Noakes fired off a tweet allegedly dispensing dietary advice to a young mother into a highly volatile media space; the fallout threatened to destroy his career. This is the untold backstory.

Veteran journalist and writer Daryl Ilbury unveils, layer by layer, a combustible mix of scientific ignorance, academic jealousy, the collapse of media ethics, and the interests of a world-renowned scientist in highlighting the intricacies of human nutrition and exposing those he believes have vested interests in regulating it.

Featuring interviews with people who have worked closely with Noakes, including former Springbok coach Jake White and polar swimmer Lewis Gordon Pugh, as well as award-winning journalists and fellow scientists and academics, some of whom now consider Noakes dangerous and out of control, this book is bound to be as controversial as the man himself.

Digital Minimalism - On Living Better with Less Technology (Paperback): Cal Newport Digital Minimalism - On Living Better with Less Technology (Paperback)
Cal Newport 1
R380 R237 Discovery Miles 2 370 Save R143 (38%) In stock

Learn how to combat screen addiction and get your technology use in check The urge to pick up our phones every few minutes has become a nervous twitch that shatters our time into shards too small to be present. Our addiction to tech leaves us feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. But it doesn't have to be that way. In this timely book, professor Cal Newport shows us how to pair back digital distractions and live better with less technology. Introducing us to digital minimalists -- the calm, happy people who can hold long conversations without furtive glances at their phones or obsessively document everything they eat -- Newport reveals how to live more intentionally in our tech-saturated world. By following a thirty-day 'digital declutter' process, you'll learn to: * Rethink your relationship with social media * Prioritize 'high bandwidth' conversations over low quality text chains * Rediscover the pleasures of the offline world Take back control from your devices and become a digital minimalist. ---------------- 'Digital Minimalism is the Marie Kondo of mobile phones' Evening Standard 'An eloquent, powerful and enjoyably practical guide to cutting back on screen time' The Times 'An urgent call to action for anyone serious about being in command of their own life' Ryan Holiday 'Cal's call for meaningful and engaged interactions is just what the world needs right now' Daniel Levitin, author of The Organised Mind

Gray Day - My Undercover Mission to Expose America's First Cyber Spy (Hardcover): Eric O'Neill Gray Day - My Undercover Mission to Expose America's First Cyber Spy (Hardcover)
Eric O'Neill
R489 R361 Discovery Miles 3 610 Save R128 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Zucked - Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe (Hardcover): Roger McNamee Zucked - Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe (Hardcover)
Roger McNamee 1
R405 R283 Discovery Miles 2 830 Save R122 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This is the dramatic story of how a noted tech venture capitalist, an early mentor to Mark Zuckerberg and investor in his company, woke up to the serious damage Facebook was doing to our society and set out to try to stop it. If you had told Roger McNamee three years ago that he would soon be devoting himself to stopping Facebook from destroying democracy, he would have howled with laughter. He had mentored many tech leaders in his illustrious career as an investor, but few things had made him prouder, or been better for his fund's bottom line, than his early service to Mark Zuckerberg. Still a large shareholder in Facebook, he had every good reason to stay on the bright side. Until he simply couldn't. Zucked is McNamee's intimate reckoning with the catastrophic failure of the head of one of the world's most powerful companies to face up to the damage he is doing. It's a story that begins with a series of rude awakenings. First there is the author's dawning realization that the platform is being manipulated by some very bad actors. Then there is the even more unsettling realization that Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg are unable or unwilling to share his concerns, polite as they may be to his face. And then comes Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, and the emergence of one horrific piece of news after another about the malign ends to which the Facebook platform has been put. To McNamee's shock, Facebook's leaders still duck and dissemble, viewing the matter as a public relations problem. Now thoroughly alienated, McNamee digs into the issue, and fortuitously meets up with some fellow travellers who share his concerns, and help him sharpen its focus. Soon he and a dream team of Silicon Valley technologists are charging into the fray, to raise consciousness about the existential threat of Facebook, and the persuasion architecture of the attention economy more broadly - to our public health and to our political order. Zucked is both an enthralling personal narrative and a masterful explication of the forces that have conspired to place us all on the horns of this dilemma. This is the story of a company and its leadership, but it's also a larger tale of a business sector unmoored from normal constraints, at a moment of political and cultural crisis, the worst possible time to be given new tools for summoning the darker angels of our nature and whipping them into a frenzy. This is a wise, hard-hitting, and urgently necessary account that crystallizes the issue definitively for the rest of us.

I Ain't Doin' It - Unfiltered Thoughts from a Sarcastic Southern Sweetheart (Hardcover): Heather Land I Ain't Doin' It - Unfiltered Thoughts from a Sarcastic Southern Sweetheart (Hardcover)
Heather Land
R465 R342 Discovery Miles 3 420 Save R123 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Knock Knock 100 Reasons to Panic About #modernlife: Gemma Correll Knock Knock 100 Reasons to Panic About #modernlife
Gemma Correll
R186 R117 Discovery Miles 1 170 Save R69 (37%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Like a paper version of your funniest friend, this pocket-sized volume provides an honest look at the newfangled stresses of life in the digital age, while also offering commonsense reassurance that everything's going to work out fine. Probably. Maybe. Definitely. Gifts for millennials who eat avocado toast while snapping selfies Knock Knock books: edgy AF! Jacketed hardcover; 3.75 x 5 inches; 112 pages Written by Knock Knock and illustrated by Gemma Correll

Social Butterflies - Reclaiming the Positive Power of Social Networks (Hardcover): Michael Sanders, Susannah Hume Social Butterflies - Reclaiming the Positive Power of Social Networks (Hardcover)
Michael Sanders, Susannah Hume 1
R452 R360 Discovery Miles 3 600 Save R92 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

'Engaging, fact-filled and profoundly illuminating. It's inspiring to read - and it should help make the world a lot better.' Cass Sunstein, author of Nudge The rise of social media has sent our social instincts into overdrive, and the impact of our networks has never been greater. But what if we could reclaim the positive power that influences our decisions, to behave better and be happier? In this groundbreaking book, Sanders and Hume build on the incredible findings of their own cutting-edge research from their work at the world's first Nudge Unit, as well as illuminating case studies from experts around the world, to show how small changes in our environments can have a huge impact on where our instincts lead us. At a time when our trust in each other is being destroyed on a global scale, it's never been more important to understand what motivates us and how to use our predictable behaviours to drive positive change. From helping us to run more cohesive organizations, to building important relationships and connections that matter, this is an essential roadmap back to our better social selves.

Superintelligence - Paths, Dangers, Strategies (Paperback): Nick Bostrom Superintelligence - Paths, Dangers, Strategies (Paperback)
Nick Bostrom 2
R283 R191 Discovery Miles 1 910 Save R92 (33%) In stock

The human brain has some capabilities that the brains of other animals lack. It is to these distinctive capabilities that our species owes its dominant position. Other animals have stronger muscles or sharper claws, but we have cleverer brains. If machine brains one day come to surpass human brains in general intelligence, then this new superintelligence could become very powerful. As the fate of the gorillas now depends more on us humans than on the gorillas themselves, so the fate of our species then would come to depend on the actions of the machine superintelligence. But we have one advantage: we get to make the first move. Will it be possible to construct a seed AI or otherwise to engineer initial conditions so as to make an intelligence explosion survivable? How could one achieve a controlled detonation? To get closer to an answer to this question, we must make our way through a fascinating landscape of topics and considerations. Read the book and learn about oracles, genies, singletons; about boxing methods, tripwires, and mind crime; about humanity's cosmic endowment and differential technological development; indirect normativity, instrumental convergence, whole brain emulation and technology couplings; Malthusian economics and dystopian evolution; artificial intelligence, and biological cognitive enhancement, and collective intelligence. This profoundly ambitious and original book picks its way carefully through a vast tract of forbiddingly difficult intellectual terrain. Yet the writing is so lucid that it somehow makes it all seem easy. After an utterly engrossing journey that takes us to the frontiers of thinking about the human condition and the future of intelligent life, we find in Nick Bostrom's work nothing less than a reconceptualization of the essential task of our time.

Interaction Design - Beyond Human-Computer Interaction (Paperback, 5th Edition): Helen Sharp, Jennifer Preece, Yvonne Rogers Interaction Design - Beyond Human-Computer Interaction (Paperback, 5th Edition)
Helen Sharp, Jennifer Preece, Yvonne Rogers 1
R1,450 R823 Discovery Miles 8 230 Save R627 (43%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A new edition of the #1 text in the human computer Interaction field! Hugely popular with students and professionals alike, the Fifth Edition of Interaction Design is an ideal resource for learning the interdisciplinary skills needed for interaction design, human-computer interaction, information design, web design, and ubiquitous computing. New to the fifth edition: a chapter on data at scale, which covers developments in the emerging fields of 'human data interaction' and data analytics. The chapter demonstrates the many ways organizations manipulate, analyze, and act upon the masses of data being collected with regards to human digital and physical behaviors, the environment, and society at large. Revised and updated throughout, this edition offers a cross-disciplinary, practical, and process-oriented, state-of-the-art introduction to the field, showing not just what principles ought to apply to interaction design, but crucially how they can be applied. Explains how to use design and evaluation techniques for developing successful interactive technologies Demonstrates, through many examples, the cognitive, social and affective issues that underpin the design of these technologies Provides thought-provoking design dilemmas and interviews with expert designers and researchers Uses a strong pedagogical format to foster understanding and enjoyment An accompanying website contains extensive additional teaching and learning material including slides for each chapter, comments on chapter activities, and a number of in-depth case studies written by researchers and designers.

Talk to Me - Amazon, Google, Apple and the Race for Voice-Controlled AI (Hardcover): James Vlahos Talk to Me - Amazon, Google, Apple and the Race for Voice-Controlled AI (Hardcover)
James Vlahos 1
R470 R372 Discovery Miles 3 720 Save R98 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The gripping inside story of the race to build conversationally capable computers Chat with the author: ask your Alexa device to `open the voice computing book' __________________ The next great technological disruption is coming. The titans of Silicon Valley are racing to build the last, best computer that the world will ever need. They know that whoever successfully creates it will revolutionise our relationship with technology - and make billions of dollars in the process. They call it conversational AI. Computers that can speak and think like humans do may seem like the stuff of science fiction, but they are rapidly moving towards reality. In Talk to Me, veteran tech journalist James Vlahos meets the researchers at Google, Amazon and Apple who are leading the way to a voice computing revolution. He explores how voice tech will transform every sector of society: handing untold new powers to businesses, upending traditional notions of privacy, revolutionising access to information, and fundamentally altering the way we understand human consciousness. And he even tries to understand the significance of the revolution firsthand - by building a chatbot version of his terminally ill father. Vlahos's research leads him to one fundamental question: What happens when our computers become as articulate, compassionate, and creative as we are? __________________ `Brilliant and essential . . . You'll find insights and meaning on every page, and you'll keep turning them. This book is dynamite.' NICHOLAS THOMPSON, editor-in-chief of Wired `Conversational AI is a genuine paradigm shift in our experience with technology. Vlahos brings the whole story to life . . . A thoughtful and enjoyable read.' TOM GRUBER, co-creator of Siri `The baton of disruption has been passed from the smart phone to voice, and Vlahos helps make sense of this tectonic shift.' SCOTT GALLOWAY, author of The Four `Voice computing is revolutionising the way we interact with our devices. Talk to Me offers a road map showing how we got to this point and the opportunities and risks that lie ahead.' MARTIN FORD, author of The Rise of the Robots `James Vlahos has written an excellent book on how voice computing has become more and more of a growing presence in our everyday world.' RAY KURZWEIL, author of The Singularity Is Near

What It Takes - How I Built a $100 Million Business Against the Odds (Paperback): Raegan Moya-Jones What It Takes - How I Built a $100 Million Business Against the Odds (Paperback)
Raegan Moya-Jones 1
R348 R235 Discovery Miles 2 350 Save R113 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

'I didn't have a burning desire to make a product for mums. I didn't have a burning desire to make a product at all. My moti-vation was to be the master of my own destiny, to work for my-self rather than 'the man.' If someone told me before I started my business that my cofounder would bail, that I'd be on the brink of bankruptcy and that I'd get into a jumbled mess with my investors-all while raising four daughters-would I still have done it? Hell yeah. But that's because I'm a loud and feisty Aussie chick. If you're reading this, you probably have some guts too. Believe me, I was never supposed to be an entrepreneur. I was just another thirty-something full-time corporate cog, wife and mother who didn't know a damn thing about business. But I knew in my bones that aden + anais, a boutique swaddle company my friend and I thought up on the floor of my baby's nursery, would be successful. And, would you look at that, I was right. I'm here to tell you, that you do have what it takes to start a business, change careers, be successful-and maybe even tell your micromanaging boss to go shove it. I succeeded, despite all the odds and curveballs thrown my way, and you can too. You don't need an MBA, you just need an idea you believe in, the ability to work your arse off and a desire to learn more. So get ready to check your doubts at the door and jump in.

The Big Nine - How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity (Hardcover): Amy Webb The Big Nine - How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity (Hardcover)
Amy Webb
R573 R350 Discovery Miles 3 500 Save R223 (39%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

We like to think that we are in control of the future of "artificial" intelligence. The reality, though, is that we--the everyday people whose data powers AI--aren't actually in control of anything. When, for example, we speak with Alexa, we contribute that data to a system we can't see and have no input into--one largely free from regulation or oversight. The big nine corporations--Amazon, Google, Facebook, Tencent, Baidu, Alibaba, Microsoft, IBM and Apple--are the new gods of AI and are short-changing our futures to reap immediate financial gain. In this book, Amy Webb reveals the pervasive, invisible ways in which the foundations of AI--the people working on the system, their motivations, the technology itself--are broken. Within our lifetimes, AI will, by design, begin to behave unpredictably, thinking and acting in ways which defy human logic. The big nine corporations may be inadvertently building and enabling vast arrays of intelligent systems that don't share our motivations, desires, or hopes for the future of humanity. Much more than a passionate, human-centered call-to-arms, this book delivers a strategy for changing course, and provides a path for liberating us from algorithmic decision-makers and powerful corporations.

Future Histories - What Ada Lovelace, Tom Paine, and the Paris Commune Can Teach Us About Digital Technology (Hardcover):... Future Histories - What Ada Lovelace, Tom Paine, and the Paris Commune Can Teach Us About Digital Technology (Hardcover)
Lizzie O'Shea 1
R446 R354 Discovery Miles 3 540 Save R92 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A highly engaging tour through progressive history in the service of emancipating our digital tomorrow. When we talk about technology we always talk about tomorrow and the future -- which makes it hard to figure out how to even get there. In Future Histories, public interest lawyer and digital specialist Lizzie O'Shea argues that we need to stop looking forward and start looking backwards. Weaving together histories of computing and progressive social movements with modern theories of the mind, society, and self, O'Shea constructs a "usable past" that can help us determine our digital future. What, she asks, can the Paris Commune tell us about earlier experiments in sharing resources--like the Internet--in common? How can Frantz Fanon's theories of anti colonial self-determination help us build digital world in which everyone can participate equally? Can debates over equal digital access be helped by American revolutionary Tom Paine's theories of democratic, economic redistribution? What can indigenous land struggles teach us about stewarding our digital climate? And, how is Elon Musk not a future visionary but a steampunk throwback to Victorian-era technological utopians? In engaging, sparkling prose, O'Shea shows us how very human our understanding of technology is, and how when we draw on the resources of the past, we can see the potential for struggle, for liberation, for art and poetry in our technological present. Future Histories is for all of us--makers, coders, hacktivists, Facebook-users, self-styled Luddites--who find ourselves in a brave new world.

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism - The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power (Hardcover): Shoshana Zuboff The Age of Surveillance Capitalism - The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power (Hardcover)
Shoshana Zuboff 1
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The challenges to humanity posed by the digital future, the first detailed examination of the unprecedented form of power called "surveillance capitalism," and the quest by powerful corporations to predict and control our behavior. In this masterwork of original thinking and research, Shoshana Zuboff provides startling insights into the phenomenon that she has named surveillance capitalism. The stakes could not be higher: a global architecture of behavior modification threatens human nature in the twenty-first century just as industrial capitalism disfigured the natural world in the twentieth. Zuboff vividly brings to life the consequences as surveillance capitalism advances from Silicon Valley into every economic sector. Vast wealth and power are accumulated in ominous new "behavioral futures markets," where predictions about our behavior are bought and sold, and the production of goods and services is subordinated to a new "means of behavioral modification." The threat has shifted from a totalitarian Big Brother state to a ubiquitous digital architecture: a "Big Other" operating in the interests of surveillance capital. Here is the crucible of an unprecedented form of power marked by extreme concentrations of knowledge and free from democratic oversight. Zuboff's comprehensive and moving analysis lays bare the threats to twenty-first century society: a controlled "hive" of total connection that seduces with promises of total certainty for maximum profit--at the expense of democracy, freedom, and our human future. With little resistance from law or society, surveillance capitalism is on the verge of dominating the social order and shaping the digital future--if we let it.

Social Butterflies - Reclaiming the Positive Power of Social Networks (Paperback): Michael Sanders, Susannah Hume Social Butterflies - Reclaiming the Positive Power of Social Networks (Paperback)
Michael Sanders, Susannah Hume 1
R356 R237 Discovery Miles 2 370 Save R119 (33%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

'Engaging, fact-filled and profoundly illuminating. It's inspiring to read - and it should help make the world a lot better.' Cass Sunstein, author of Nudge The rise of social media has sent our social instincts into overdrive, and the impact of our networks has never been greater. But what if we could reclaim the positive power that influences our decisions, to behave better and be happier? In this groundbreaking book, Sanders and Hume build on the incredible findings of their own cutting-edge research from their work at the world's first Nudge Unit, as well as illuminating case studies from experts around the world, to show how small changes in our environments can have a huge impact on where our instincts lead us. At a time when our trust in each other is being destroyed on a global scale, it's never been more important to understand what motivates us and how to use our predictable behaviours to drive positive change. From helping us to run more cohesive organizations, to building important relationships and connections that matter, this is an essential roadmap back to our better social selves.

Don't Film Yourself Having Sex - And Other Legal Advice For The Age Of Social Media (Paperback): Emma Sadleir, Tamsyn de... Don't Film Yourself Having Sex - And Other Legal Advice For The Age Of Social Media (Paperback)
Emma Sadleir, Tamsyn de Beer 1
R260 R205 Discovery Miles 2 050 Save R55 (21%) In stock

In the digital age you can get into serious legal trouble at the click of a button.

The shift from passive Internet user to active digital citizen has brought about unprecedented levels of online interaction, creation and connecting. But as people begin to share more and more about themselves and their lives on social media, they are finding themselves getting into trouble for what they say and do online.

Emma Sadleir and Tamsyn de Beer, who together run one of South Africa’s leading social media law consultancies, point out the social traps and legal tangles that you could find yourself facing as you navigate the murky waters of the digital age. In a fun, witty and easily accessible way, this ground-breaking book details the legal, disciplinary and reputational risks that you, your company and your children face online.

By outlining the laws and rules applicable to what you do and say on social media, and providing practical and common sense advice, Don’t Film Yourself Having Sex ultimately shows you that in order to reap the extraordinary benefits of digital technology without succumbing to its risks, you need to start practising responsible digital citizenship.

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