Don’t Be Evil
A TIMES BEST CURRENT AFFAIRS BOOK OF THE YEAR
The award-winning Financial Times columnist exposes the threat that Big Tech poses to our democracies, our economies and ourselves
‘Powerful’ Sunday Times
Google and Facebook receive 90% of the world’s news advertising spend. Amazon takes half of all e-commerce in the US. Google and Apple operating systems run on all but 1% of cell phones globally. And 80% of corporate wealth is now held by 10% of companies – the digital titans. How did these once-idealistic and innovative companies come to manipulate elections, violate our privacy and pose a threat to the fabric of our democracy?
Through her skilled reporting and unparalleled access, Rana Foroohar reveals the true extent to which the ‘FAANG’s (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google) crush or absorb competitors, hijack our personal data and mental space and offshore their exorbitant profits. What’s more, she shows how these threats to our democracies, livelihoods and minds are all intertwined. Yet Foroohar also lays out a plan for how we can resist, creating a framework that fosters innovation while protecting us from the dark side of digital technology.
‘A masterful critique’ Observer
‘Insightful and powerfully argued’ Daily Mail
‘Essential reading … whip-smart’ Niall Ferguson
‘Laser vision and trenchant business analysis’ Shoshana Zuboff
Rana Foroohar's urgent message: 'Yes, we really are living in the Matrix,' and it's time to rise up and resist our algorithmic overlords. This book shows us how. -- Cathy O'Neil, author of Weapons of Math Destruction and CEO of ORCAA We are most fortunate to have Foroohar's laser vision and trenchant business analysis turned on the tech giants and the gluttonous anti-democratic surveillance capitalism that is their most far-reaching innovation. A crucial contribution to the growing debate. -- Shoshana Zuboff, author of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism and Professor Emerita, Harvard Business School Rana Foroohar is a savvy and wise commentator and a keen observer of the global economy. This book goes beyond the economic problems and examines the broader implications for society of the untrammeled and under regulated Silicon Valley companies. She demonstrates that while the creed 'don't be evil' may have initially inspired the Silicon Valley giants, its principle has long been left behind -- Joseph E. Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate in Economics An insightful and powerfully argued investigation into the murky world of 'Big Tech' and its impact on our lives. * Daily Mail * Powerful -- Best Business Books of the Year * Sunday Times * Frightening . . . a readable and well-marshalled indictment of the sins of these new corporate empires. -- James Marriott * The Times * A masterful critique of the tech giants that now dominate our world . . . The great thing about her book is that it breaks the mesmerising spell that the tech giants seem to have cast upon governments, mass media and users everywhere -- John Naughton * Observer, 'Book of the Week' *
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