The Information Trade: How Big Tech Conquers Countries, Challenges Our Rights, and Transforms Our World

Alexis Wichowski

"In this eye-opening, must-read book, a political insider and tech expert explains what's at stake for our tech-enabled lives-and what we can do about it. Neither an industry apologist nor irrational fearmonger, Alexis Wichowski considers the unchecked rise of tech giants like Facebook, Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and Tesla-what she calls "net states"-and their growing and unavoidable influence in our lives.


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Book Information

Publisher: HarperOne
Publish Date: 02/11/2020
Pages: 304
ISBN-13: 9780062888983
ISBN-10: 0062888986
Language: English

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February 19, 2020

"We can make a decision to change how we handle our data moving forward, to reclaim power over what we give out, to whom, and for what purposes." READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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"A timely, compelling, and expertly researched passport to the tech companies that rule today's digital landscape."--Blake Harris, bestselling author of Console Wars and The History of the Future.

In this provocative book about our new tech-based reality, political insider and tech expert Alexis Wichowski considers the unchecked rise of tech giants like Facebook, Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and Tesla--what she calls "net states"-- and their unavoidable influence in our lives. Rivaling nation states in power and capital, today's net states are reaching into our physical world, inserting digital services into our lived environments in ways both unseen and, at times, unknown to us. They are transforming the way the world works, putting our rights up for grabs, from personal privacy to national security.

Combining original reporting and insights drawn from more than 100 interviews with technology and government insiders, including Microsoft president Brad Smith, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, the former Federal Trade Commission chair under President Obama, and the managing director of Jigsaw--Google's Department of Counter-terrorism against extremism and cyber-attacks--The Information Trade explores what happens we give up our personal freedom and individual autonomy in exchange for an easy, plugged-in existence, and shows what we can do to control our relationship with net states before they irreversibly change our future.

About the Author

Alexis Wichowski is the deputy chief technology officer for the City of New York, and an adjunct professor of technology, media, and communications at Columbia University. A widely recognized technology expert, Wichowski spent the past two decades working at the intersection of technology, media, and government, most recently at the State Department and the United Nations.

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