What I Learned This Week

Digital masters and slaves: the surreptitious exploitation of our data and, increasingly, our free will.

Shoshana Zuboff’s massive new work, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, is essential reading—one we will focus on over the next several issues as we continue to make our way through it. A Professor Emerita at Harvard Business School, Zuboff has been studying both the economics and socio-politics of information technology for over four decades. Published in 1988, her celebrated classic, In the Age of the Smart Machines: The Future of Work and Power tracked how the new workplace tools for internal communication—tools first cheered by employees as novel developments, which afforded better access and facilitated improved communication—were gradually co-opted as tools for management instruction…

Want to read more?

Subscribe Today

Already a subscriber? Login here.