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Don't Be Evil: How Big Tech Betrayed Its Founding Principles -- and All of Us

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  12 reviews
A penetrating indictment of how today’s largest tech companies are hijacking our data, our livelihoods, our social fabric, and our minds—from an acclaimedFinancial Timescolumnist and CNN analyst

“Don’t be evil” was enshrined as Google’s original corporate mantra back in its early days, when the company’s cheerful logo still conveyed the utopian vision for a future in which
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Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Currency
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Athan Tolis
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Don’t be fooled by the urbane and level-headed language of Rana Foroohar’s second book, this is a laser-focused polemic against Big Tech that hits the bullseye.

For starters, it’s hyper-readable. I downed it in ten hours straight, with two five-minute brakes for airplane coffee. The reason it’s so readable is the author never neglects the actors, who are presented to you in flesh and blood, with a side-serving of light gossip and her own personal experiences. So this is about Larry Page, Sergei
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Seth
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was eye-opening. I thought I understood the monopolistic threat posed by "Big Tech" companies like Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon, but I was wrong. Foroohar uses her three decades of experience as a business reporter to tell the full picture of the threat posed by Big Tech, which includes preventing competition and innovation, using user data to sell and make products more addicting, preventing regulation, and subverting the democratic process. This book is extremely ...more
Ietrio
Nov 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: junk
The spoiled child throwing a tantrum: mommy promised pink candy and the box is full of blue candy!
Henk-Jan van der Klis
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In the early days of Google, Don't be evil, was the corporate mantra to live by. It is interesting to see that if a negative formulation like this is needed, the culture itself was already toxic. That's the core message of the CNN analyst and Financial Times columnist Rana Foroohar in her book Don't Be Evil: How Big Tech Betrayed Its Founding Principles -- and All of Us. She focuses on Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google (FANG), It started as a counterculture movement of the sixties, with many ...more
Y.S. Stephen
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Don't Be Evil summarises how big tech companies have hijacked our data and are using it to amass wealth, influence politics, and manipulate the masses among other things. It foretells the future that awaits humanity if the greed and ambition of tech companies like Facebook and Google are not held in check. Don't Be Evil also recommends steps people can take to secure their data as well as ways governments can curtail the powers of a growing monopoly that threatens to destabilise the world for ...more
Phil Simon
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business, tech
Building upon books such as World Without End and Weapons of Math Destruction, Don't Be Evil makes the case that Big Tech is doing more harm than good. Foroohar proves her central thesis in spades. I find it impossible to argue the opposite these days using any reasonable standard. Her thoughts on venture capital, the bias of algorithms, election interference, and other related topics should gave anyone pause.

Sure, I'd nitpick with a few of her assertions. For instance, at one point she refers
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Neil
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Must Read

This is an important book. Makers and Takers was an important book. Rana writes well. She researches well and presents arguments in ways that require serious consideration - even if they challenge the readers a priori assumptions on socio-political matters.

She brings the credibility of her role at the FT to writing a book that, while it may not be fully aligned with a majority of FT readers (I am making an assumption that FT readership screws conservative or libertarian - that may be
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Annarella
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best book I read about the Big Tech companies, their power struggle and the impact on our life.
It's extremely well researched and well written, full of food for thought and an eye opener about a lot of contemporary issues.
An informative and interesting read, highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Angela
Dec 03, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Ok omg I didn’t realize I won the giveaway for this book until it showed up on my doorstep just now. Really excited to check it out!!
Cristie Underwood
The author's painstaking research and attention to detail is obvious in the writing of this book. There were many facts that I only discovered after reading this!
Kasey
Nov 06, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Thank you for the opportunity to review this book as a giveaway recipient. I look forward to receiving it soon and then will update my thoughts on this book after reading.
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Rana Foroohar is a Iranian-American assistant managing editor for Time magazine. In the past, she was an economics and foreign editor at Newsweek, where she had previously worked as a London-based correspondent covering Europe and the Middle East. For this reporting, she received the German Marshall Fund's Peter R. Weitz Prize for transatlantic reporting.