Atlas of AI

Kate Crawford, Atlas of AI (Yale University Press 2021). How AI is changing the world’s geography (largely for the worse), as a technology of extraction. https://www.katecrawford.net/

An Ugly Truth

Sheera Frenkel & Cecilia Kang,
An Ugly Truth (Bridge Street Press 2021).
Expose of the ruthlessness of Facebook’s growth strategy.
https://www.harpercollins.com/pages/anuglytruth

Perspectives on Digital Humanism

  • Hannes Werthner
  • Erich Prem
  • Edward A. Lee
  • Carlo Ghezzi
  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access.
  • Aims to set an agenda for research and action in the emerging field of Digital Humanism
  • Contains short essays by selected thinkers from computer science, law, humanities and social sciences
  • Covers the complex interplay of technology and humankind to ensure the full respect of universal human rights

Lie Machines: How to Save Democracy from Troll Armies, Deceitful Robots, Junk News Operations, and Political Operatives

Phil Howard, 2020 (Yale) Artificially intelligent “bot” accounts attack politicians and public figures on social media. Conspiracy theorists publish junk news sites to promote their outlandish beliefs. Campaigners create fake dating profiles to attract young voters. We live in a world of technologies that misdirect our attention, poison our political conversations, and jeopardize our democracies. With massive amounts of social media and public polling data, and in-depth interviews with political consultants, bot writers, and journalists, Philip N. Howard offers ways to take these “lie machines” apart. Find out more at https://yalebooks.co.uk/display.asp?K=9780300250206&nat=false&sort=%24rank&sf1=keyword&st1=lie+machines&m=1&dc=2

If Then: How One Data Company Invented the Future

Jill Lepore, 2020

(John Murray), a celebrated historian becomes an archaeologist of the data world, recounting the men and women who created Simulmatics, a pioneering analytics company of the 1960s.

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