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Random House presents the audiobook edition of The People Vs Tech by Jamie Bartlett, read by Sandro Monetti.

The Internet was meant to set us free.

Tech has radically changed the way we live our lives. But have we unwittingly handed too much away to shadowy powers behind a wall of code, all manipulated by a handful of Silicon Valley utopians, ad men, and venture capitalists? And, in light of recent data breach scandals around companies like Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, what does that mean for democracy, our delicately balanced system of government that was created long before big data, total information and artificial intelligence? In this urgent polemic, Jamie Bartlett argues that through our unquestioning embrace of big tech, the building blocks of democracy are slowly being removed. The middle class is being eroded, sovereign authority and civil society are weakened and we citizens are losing our critical faculties, maybe even our free will.

The People Vs Tech is an enthralling account of how our fragile political system is being threatened by the digital revolution. Bartlett explains that by upholding six key pillars of democracy, we can save it before it is too late. We need to become active citizens; uphold a shared democratic culture; protect free elections; promote equality; safeguard competitive and civic freedoms; and trust in a sovereign authority. This essential audiobook shows that the stakes couldn’t be higher and that, unless we radically alter our course, democracy will join feudalism, supreme monarchies and communism as just another political experiment that quietly disappeared.

©2018 Jamie Bartlett (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Jon
  • 10-12-18

good insight

I liked it and it was very kind provoking. a real insight into the future a d how it will shape is!!

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  • Yanklank
  • 09-20-18

Brilliant and important for our times

got recommended this by a friend and wasn't disappointed a must listen well written and researched

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  • Thomas Stoeckle
  • 08-31-18

One of the best books on the subject

In a sea of many, Jamie Bartlett's analysis stands out for its critical yet non-partisan tone, technical competence and comprehensible delivery. Should me a must read for analogue lawmakers and regulators!

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  • The Vikid Truth
  • 08-29-18

Interesting but wrong (IMO)

Its is an interesting read. He gets some of the symptoms right if you are charitable but solutions provided are nothing short of juvenile. I have always liked Jamies wrting and encourage anyone sufficiently interested to read the book. Pay strong attention to what is being missed out and the progressively minded analysis and you should be fine. In short chew hard before swallowing.

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  • V. K. Neale
  • 05-14-18

a tech must-read posing uncomfortable questions

this book is an essential read for anyone who uses digital technologies.enjoyable and scary in equal measure