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Digital tech for planet and people rather than the already privileged?

  • New International Book Shop 54 Victoria Street Carlton, VIC, 3053 Australia (map)

Technological change might seem beyond the reach of politics. But the streamlined utopias envisioned by Silicon Valley tech giants conceal power dynamics operating in the here and now. From automation to cryptocurrencies, smart cities and beyond, the digital age presents enormous opportunities for addressing some of the greatest problems we face, such as climate change, wealth inequality and the democracy deficit. But huge challenges are also looming, especially if we leave corporations and governments in charge of designing the future. How can we effect change in such a complex world? 



Lizzie O'Shea is lawyer, broadcaster and writer. She has mainly worked in human rights. She is publishing a book next year with Verso about the politics and history of digital technology.

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