The People Vs Tech: How the Internet Is Killing Democracy (and How We Save It)
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 d...more
The self-help section in bookstores was one which though one of the most popular was also derided to an extent. It signified not only a sign of inadequacy in a reader, but quite often the writing was the subject of literary criticism. With direct and straightforward t ...more
Modern tech has empowered, but also undermines democratic principles by not being governed or being governable by individual jurisdictions.
Bartlett sees six fundamental pillars of democracy. These are:
+ An active citizinry.
+ A shared culture, which includes the spirit of compromise.
+ Free elections.
+ Stakeholder e ...more
His designation as the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos and a little research on his prior works pulled me further to this particular book. Dark Net & Radicals was equally tempting but I had my reservations about the book’s narration style. I put my questions on hold until I completed reading The Tech vs People before deciding to purchase his earlier work ...more
"Facebook’s first President, recently called the ‘like’ button ‘a social-validation feedback loop."
Please like my review and validate me.
* Social media can expose people to constant public scrutiny, encouraging self-censorship.
* Big data/AI driven apps are ...more
1. We are providing so much data to tech firms, they understand us ...more
It puts some uncomfortable topics on the table, such as our growing dependency on technology, on the amount of data we are willingly providing to a handful of companies that in turn use it on not so gallant or noble purposes, the effect that technology and big data are having in the political field and how politicians or aspiring politicians are leveraging on it to get ahead on polls, the monopolies in the tech industry and the growing inequality and the toll it will have on ou ...more
Bartlett argues that there are six key pillars of democracy, including alert, independent-minded citizens who are ...more
One of the advises Bartlett gives is to avoid the 'free when you share it all with us' companies and instead use the smaller providers, the ones you'll probably have to pay for. Considering how much we like free/cheap it will take a ...more
For me, in particular, increasingly rapid developments in global networking and online publishing, data collection and targeted advertising, artificial intelligence and driverless transportation, cyber currency and block chain, are increasingly hard to keep up with.
This is why I believe ...more
Bartlett’s work is well researched and he is clearly very well read, oft quoting various authors from different periods with specific and well thought out relevance to the subject. He outlines the 6 pillars that make a democracy work and is specific in his focus upon wester. ‘demo ...more
This book is for people who want to e ...more
From a personal POV, great too to hear someone from Demos horrified by the tribalisation and culture-war setting that the U ...more
Bartlett paints a fairly bleak portrait of a world that may already be at the mercy of big data and the titans who control it. Although the book is a quick read, there is ample information of interest--especially regarding the role of data in the most recent national elections.
The book falls a little short in terms of offering practical solutions, but it offers enough insight to ...more
In 2013, he covered the rise of Beppe Grillo's Five Star Movement in Italy for Demos, chronicling the new political force's emergence and use of social media.
In 2014, he released The Dark Net, discussing the darknet and ...more