Design Justice: Community-Led Practices To Build The Worlds We Need

Sasha Costanza-Chock, 2020

(MIT Press) This book explores the theory and practice of design justice, demonstrates how universalist design principles and practices erase certain groups of people —specifically, those who are intersectionally disadvantaged or multiply-burdened under the matrix of domination (white supremacist heteropatriarchy, ableism, capitalism, and settler colonialism) — and invites readers to “build a better world, a world where many worlds fit; linked worlds of collective liberation and ecological sustainability.”

Find out more at ISBN-10: 0262043459This book is also free to read electronically at design justice.

Valuing data: foundations for data policy

Diane Coyle, Stephanie Diepeveen
Jeni Tennison, Peter Wells, Lawrence Kay, 2020

(Nuffield) a new report by Diane Coyle and colleagues for the Nuffield Foundation in the UK has examined the complex problem of how we put a value on the data that we create and exchange. See their literature review and the policy implications at

Find out more at https://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/project/valuing-data-foundations-for-data-policy

A Europe fit for the Digital Age

European Commission, 2020 (European Commission) The new European Commission has already marked out a strong focus on issues to do with digital technology, developing (and defining?) an EU fit for the digital age. For the EU’s Digital Strategy, see Find out more at https://ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/europe-fit-digital-age_en.

Uncanny Valley: A Memoir,

Anna Wiener, 2020

(Macmillan) Part coming-of-age-story, part portrait of an already-bygone era, Anna Wiener’s memoir is a rare first-person glimpse into high-flying, reckless startup culture at a time of unchecked ambition, unregulated surveillance, wild fortune, and accelerating political power. With wit, candor, and heart, Anna deftly charts the tech industry’s shift from self-appointed world savior to democracy-endangering liability, alongside a personal narrative of aspiration, ambivalence, and disillusionment.

Find out more at https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374719760

A World Without Work: Technology, Automation and How We Should Respond,

Daniel Susskind, 2020

(Penguin) New technologies have always provoked panic about workers being replaced by machines. In the past, such fears have been misplaced, and many economists maintain that they remain so today. Yet in A World Without Work, Daniel Susskind shows why this time really is different. Advances in artificial intelligence mean that all kinds of tasks – from diagnosing illnesses to drafting contracts – are increasingly within the reach of computers. The threat of technological unemployment is real.

Find out more at https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/306/306864/a-world-without-work/9780241321096.html