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The People Vs Tech - How The Internet Is Killing Democracy (And How We Save It) (Paperback) Loot Price: R168
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The People Vs Tech - How The Internet Is Killing Democracy (And How We Save It) (Paperback): Jamie Bartlett

The People Vs Tech - How The Internet Is Killing Democracy (And How We Save It) (Paperback)

Jamie Bartlett

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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.

The People Vs Tech is an enthralling account of how our fragile political system is being threatened by the digital revolution. Bartlett explains that by upholding six key pillars of democracy, we can save it before it is too late. We need to become active citizens; uphold a shared democratic culture; protect free elections; promote equality; safeguard competitive and civic freedoms; and trust in a sovereign authority. This essential book shows that the stakes couldn’t be higher and that, unless we radically alter our course, democracy will join feudalism, supreme monarchies and communism as just another political experiment that quietly disappeared.

General

Imprint: Ebury Press
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: April 2018
Authors: Jamie Bartlett
Dimensions: 198 x 126 x 18mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - B-format
Pages: 242
ISBN-13: 978-1-78503-906-5
Categories: Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government
Books > Science & Mathematics > Science: general issues
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Social groups & communities
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political activism
Books > Science & Mathematics > Science: general issues > Impact of science & technology on society
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Social groups & communities > Social classes
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political activism > General
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Social groups & communities > Social classes > General
LSN: 1-78503-906-7
Barcode: 9781785039065

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