The Information Trade
How Big Tech Conquers Countries, Challenges Our Rights, and Disrupts Our World
Big tech companies – net states – loom over governments and users.
Big-tech companies – net states – dominate people’s lives in a way activist Stewart Brand couldn’t have imagined when he said, “Information wants to be free.” Now, data are neither free nor protected. Consumers feel overwhelmed and powerless in the web world. Alexis Wichowski, Columbia professor and New York City municipal tech official, asks if net states and nation-states can coexist. She explores whether users – you and your company – can sort out the benefits and dangers of life online and control their content. In this stellar explanation of today’s threats, Wichowski issues a persuasive call for a tech user’s bill of rights.
About the Author
Alexis Wichowski is the deputy chief technology officer for the City of New York and an adjunct professor of technology and media at Columbia University.
Comment on this summary