The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

By on February 2, 2019

5×15 presents: The Age of Surveillance Capitalism – Shoshana Zuboff (Harvard University) speaks to Misha Glenny (McMafia) live in London!

Join us for this event with Professor Shoshana Zuboff (‘the true prophet of the information age’ Financial Times) and Misha Glenny (author of McMafia and DarkMarket)- a rare opportunity to hear two world experts and an essential discussion for anyone interested in the future of society. Society is at a turning point. The heady optimism that accompanied the advent of the Internet is gone, replaced by a deep unease. Technologies that were meant to liberate us have exacerbated social inequalities and stoked explosive political climates across the world. Tech companies gather our information online and sell it to the highest bidder, whether government or retailer. In this world of surveillance capitalism, profit depends not only on predicting our behaviour but modifying it too.

Shoshana Zuboff’s ground breaking new book, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, is a deeply-reasoned examination of the threat of unprecedented power free from democratic oversight. As it explores this new capitalism’s impact on society, politics, business, and technology, it exposes the fundamental struggles that will decide both the next chapter of capitalism and the meaning of information civilization. Most critically, it shows how we can protect ourselves and our communities ensuring we are the masters of the digital rather than its slaves.

Professor Shoshana Zuboff has been called ‘the true prophet of the information age’ by the Financial Times for her ground-breaking book, In the Age of the Smart Machine. She is the Charles Edward Wilson Professor Emerita at Harvard Business School as well as Faculty Associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School.

Misha Glenny is an expert on global organised crime and cyber security and a distinguished investigative journalist and historian. Misha has written a string of books including The Dark Market : How Hackers are the new Mafia, which exposes threats to businesses in light of ever changing technology, and McMafia which has been an international best seller and is now a major crime drama television series created by Hossein Amini and James Watkins for the BBC.

Advance praise for The Age of Surveillance Capitalism
“From the very first page I was consumed with an overwhelming imperative: everyone needs to read this book as act of digital self-defence. With tremendous lucidity and moral courage, Zuboff demonstrates not only how our minds are being mined for data but also how they are being rapidly and radically changed in the process. The hour is late and much has been lost already – but as we learn in these indispensable pages, there is still hope for emancipation.” – Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything and No Logo

“Assuming we survive to tell the tale, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism has a high probability of joining the likes of Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations and Max Weber’s Economy and Society as defining social-economics texts of modern times … It is to be savored and re-read and discussed with colleagues and friends. No zippy one-liners from me, except to almost literally beg you to read this book” – Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence

“Shoshana Zuboff has produced the most provocative compelling moral framework thus far for understanding the new realities of our digital environment and its anti-democratic threats. From now on, all serious writings on the internet and society will have to take into account The Age of Surveillance Capitalism.” – Joseph Turow, Robert Lewis Shayon Chair Professor, Annenberg School, University of Pennsylvania

“Zuboff’s expansive, erudite, deeply-researched exploration of digital futures elucidates the norms and hidden terminal goals of information-intensive industries. Zuboff’s book is the information industry’s Silent Spring.” – Chris Hoofnagle, University of California, Berkeley

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism – Shoshana Zuboff (Harvard University) speaks to Misha Glenny (McMafia) live in London at Emmanuel Centre Tuesday 5th February 2019.

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