I am currently finishing a book – under contract with The MIT Press – which critically analyses the design and deployment of smart technologies. This page will be updated with more information about the book in the near future. Stay tuned!
In short, the book argues for the following points about the politics of smart tech and shows how they manifest in a range of different ways and places across society:
Smart tech represents the interests of technocratic power, rather than social benefit and democratic values.
Smart tech is driven by the dual imperatives of data collection about, and control over, everything.
Smart tech’s impacts are a Faustian bargain of convenience and “connection,” in the Zuckerbergian sense, in exchange for a spate of consequences for individuals and society.