New from me: Five tech reads for the season

Over at CIGI, I’ve shared five books that I’ve found particularly useful for understanding the digital economy and tech policy. The first three books explore the basic fundamentals:

The thing about technology, of course, is that it is always a means to an end. If privacy can only be understood within particular social contexts, technology has to be understood within the particular spheres of social life in which it is deployed. Which brings us to my final two books:

Peter Drahos, Survival Governance: Energy and Climate in the Chinese Century, highlights the crucial role intellectual property and clean tech play in mitigating the climate disaster, and how nationalist responses, including the hoarding of IP and cleantech may doom us all.

John Kenneth Galbraith, A Short History of Financial Euphoria, the perfect read for our crypto/fintech moment: a reminder that when it comes to finance, there’s very little that’s new under the sun, and that if it looks like a bubble or a scam, it probably is.

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1 Response to New from me: Five tech reads for the season

  1. pkadams says:

    Since comments were evidently closed on your article about Surveillance Capitalism, I came here to say thank you for the article. You confirmed my hunch that she’s an anti-Capitalist tool pushing a narrative rather than real information. Cheers!

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