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The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power
Auteur(s): Shoshana Zuboff
Narrateur(s): Nicol Zanzarella
Durée: 24 h et 16 min
4,5 out of 5 stars (63 évaluations)

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The challenges to humanity posed by the digital future, the first detailed examination of the unprecedented form of power called "surveillance capitalism", and the quest by powerful corporations to predict and control our behavior.

In this masterwork of original thinking and research, Shoshana Zuboff provides startling insights into the phenomenon that she has named surveillance capitalism. The stakes could not be higher: a global architecture of behavior modification threatens human nature in the 21st century just as industrial capitalism disfigured the natural world in the 20th. Zuboff vividly brings to life the consequences as surveillance capitalism advances from Silicon Valley into every economic sector. Vast wealth and power are accumulated in ominous new "behavioral futures markets", where predictions about our behavior are bought and sold, and the production of goods and services is subordinated to a new "means of behavioral modification". The threat has shifted from a totalitarian Big Brother state to a ubiquitous digital architecture: a "Big Other" operating in the interests of surveillance capital. Here is the crucible of an unprecedented form of power marked by extreme concentrations of knowledge and free from democratic oversight. Zuboff's comprehensive and moving analysis lays bare the threats to 21st-century society: a controlled "hive" of total connection that seduces with promises of total certainty for maximum profit - at the expense of democracy, freedom, and our human future. With little resistance from law or society, surveillance capitalism is on the verge of dominating the social order and shaping the digital future - if we let it. 

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©2019 Shoshana Zuboff (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Ce que les critiques en disent

"I will make a guarantee: Assuming we survive to tell the tale, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism has a high probability of joining the likes Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations and Max Weber's Economy and Society as defining social-economics texts of modern times. It is not a 'quick read'; it is to be savored and re-read and discussed with colleagues and friends. No zippy one-liners from me, except to almost literally beg you to read/ingest this book." (Tom Peters, coauthor of In Search of Excellence)

"My mind is blown on every page by the depth of Shoshana's research, the breadth of her knowledge, the rigor of her intellect, and finally by the power of her arguments. I'm not sure we can end the age of surveillance capitalism without her help, and that's why I believe this is the most important book of our time." (Doc Searls, author of The Intention Economy, editor in chief, Linux Journal)

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  • Au global
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A must read. This will be textbook material in thirty years.

Did you know that google street view cars logged on to unencrypted wifi networks and downloaded all available data? Did you know that roomba vacuum cleaners map your floor then sell your floor plan data? Did you know that google Homes offer free telephone service so that your audio can be recorded and transcribed and fed to machine learning so google can better predict your behaviour? Did you know that Machine learning AIs can calculate your personality score as accurately as psychologists, track your mood and predict your behaviour in order to target tailored adds to you when you are most permissible? Facebook bragged about their ability to identify vulnerable high school students to potential investors in Australia. Did you know that Facebook tracked over 700 million reads of factually false "fake news" articles during the 2016 US elections? They had the capacity to identify and remove these, but they operate under what Zuboff calls "radical indifference" where driving traffic and collecting data are more important than preventing Anti-democratic actions even if taken by foreign governments. Did you know that Facebook performed experiments demonstrating that they can actively change users moods by manipulating their news and instagram feeds? This allows them to not only target advertising but also manipulate users into a more permissive state. This book is what would happen if Naomi Kline wrote about Facebook and Google. Fascinating, horrifying and chock full of important information. Zuboff Writes in a style similar to Kline, but with less self reflection and a more explicit structure while crafting a fluid synthesis of philosophical considerations and historical facts starting from the inception of data mining at the origins of Google covering everything from developmental psychology to the origins of totalitarianism to a treatise on BF Skinner's work and projections on the future. I'm going to buy a paper copy of this book so I can read it more carefully. Nicol Zanzarella is one of my favourite narrators for non-fiction. Excellent performance and pacing.

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  • Au global
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Excellent message but very hard to consume

Quick review: The message is excellent and the subject matter important, but it is very repetitive and the narration is monotone. This made it impossible for me to get past the 5hr mark. When I realized I had 18hrs left I just couldn’t do it.

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Verbose and pretentious

What could easily be communicated in simple terms in an entertaining way instead is a mental exercise in verbal comprehension that only a fraction of the population will be capable of mining for insights. At times there are some aha moments but they're quickly overshadowed by the authors attempt to sound smart.

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  • Au global
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Intense and detailed analysis

Zuboff presents an intense and detailed analysis of the ability of tech companies like google and facebook to extract surplus behavioural value through their all encompassing systems of surveillance capitalism. They make massive profits by exploiting the effective legal-free zone that currently exists in terms of digital world. Throughout Zuboff asks "who knows, who decides, and who decides who decides". The answers are pretty disheartening, but also still unknown. This is the beginning of this story, as she tells us at the end of this long and sometimes overwhelming book. Their are some tips on how we can be the friction in this story of the seemingly untrammeled power and free reign of the tech giants, but overall I felt a bit overwhelmed and powerless at the end of this read. I would recommend it though for anyone who wants to know how this unchecked power is threatening our autonomy, freedom and ability to make our own futures.

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  • Au global
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Full of keen observations on a timely subject.

So, I will definitely listen again. Content (not 'overall'): 5/5 Narration: 4.5/5 Writing: 3.5/5 Zuboff's book does have some ideology behind it, though I'm not sure what. At first Ihought for sure she was hard left, later I thought hard right. Maybe she's just hard sensible.

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Excellent eye-opener of the current age

Maybe a little too concerned in the part 3 analysis - but only maybe! All who work and live in the modern digital share and have concern for democracy and society would benefit from this book!

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Poignant, Relevant, Frightening - and too long.

The author details the concept of surveillance capitalism and how companies such as Google and Facebook use it to generate otherworldly profits, and manipulate us without our knowledge. It is an all together frightening book that gets into extreme detail to explain what the perpetrators Of surveillance capitalism are actually doing to us, quite purposefully and with no qualms about the consequences on our humanity. I fear unfortunately that the author will not achieve her goal to get people to stand up to this. The book is extraordinarily long and detailed, and not easily consumable by most readers today.

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Required reading for research

Really enjoyed this book. It’s great to have heard such compelling arguments, and accounts, of the need for us to critically explore our digital future. Remember: Who knows? Who decides? Who decides who decides?

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Excellent Listen

This is a well researched relevant read. Many insights. Historical context and personal stories combined.

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Your life in a fish bowl.

Facebook, Twitter, Google are collecting your information, testing, twisting and selling it all to the highest bidder. And that is just the beginning. ..........

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  • Kerem
  • 2019-04-08

An essential read for everyone who owns a smartphone

With a level of certainty and clarity of a masterpiece, this book takes aim at the omnipresent surveillance capitalist that boldly claims our daily lives and liberty in pursuit of unlimited power and profits. Based on impressive theoretical groundwork, this book shows the philosophical urgency and practical ways of resisting this new breed of exploitative capitalist.

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  • Brad
  • 2019-02-08

A MUST, NOT TO BE MISSED

Something wicked indeed has come this way, and is upon us now. Dubbed early on "The Information Age"; the appellation is woefully insufficient. For it is glaringly clear that we are well into the transition from occupying nation states (in which our social contracts as governed populations had long been between civil governments -- varied in kind, but with the one common feature of thriving entirely on human agency) to occupying corporate states. That is, it is not too soon to say we no longer populate nations but vast ruling corporations. The singular, most curious and even frightening thing to consider is that to the degree we arrived at this predicament, we did so willingly. We did so under no other pressure than our own acquiescence. We did so not from ignorance of what was happening -- for this book is proof of that -- but from, if anything, a mass gaslighting. Thus, with all the facts before us, we chose the road called convenience rather than the road called liberty; and that, as the poet once wrote, made all the difference.

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  • pk
  • 2019-04-04

The intersection of ethics, capitalism, and tech

First, I love to read about ethics issues in technology; so, it may not be immediately apparent that one would be getting a good dose within this title. I was enamored from the beginning of how colorful this author was in producing a tangible and practical view of surveillance capitalism. This is a concept I've heard very little about outside of the security sector. To have the correlation made with other sociological concepts that I hadn't really thought about stretched me! This book was fantastic at opening up and investigating the implications of surveillance with the majority of consumers not truly comprehending and understanding the cost. Now, I would be remiss if I didn't also mention that the author goes on, repeatedly and at length, to address the same points multiple times. It was really hard to extract the take-away points at the mid-point of this book because of how often the author hits the same points, using the same language, and the same frustration toward the abuses. If you are not a reader that likes to "work" to obtain the gold nuggets of wisdom, then this is not the book for you. At times, I found myself cursing in traffic because the author repeats herself too much. I have the impression that this author created this book intending that each chapter should be able to stand on it's own. The unifying themes are very evident; so, repeatedly hitting the drum of disdain became painful after the first 8hrs. The editor should have reigned it in! The last point I should make is that there are probably more than 30 important topics for consideration in this book. All of them are worthy of your clock cycles to consider, understand, and discuss with your friends and family. When coupled with some of the other topics I like to read, such as artificial intelligence, I am at no shortage of discussion points to appreciate with a mint julep, a cigar, and a friend on the porch for at least 2 summers....but, I'll do it without my phone, or sensors of any type, nearby.

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  • Steve
  • 2019-04-28

One of the most important books of the decade

I don't think it's hyperbole to say that this is one of the most important books in recent years. It lays out the case for a brand new type of capitalism that we are simply not equipped to grasp the short term, and long term, consequences of, and that affects us all in profound ways. And that's why I gave it 5 stars. However, that recommendation comes with a huge caveat. The author seems to take joy in writing in a style that seems more apt for a doctoral thesis in psychology. A book written by an Ivy League professor for other Ivy League professors. This verbiage is wholly unnecessary and borders on obnoxious. Take for example a sentence like this: "This mental and emotional milieu appears to produce a virus of insecurity and anxiety that drives a young person deeper into this closed loop of escalating compulsion as he or she chases relief in longed-for signals of valorization." Or how about this sentence: "It is a form of observation without witness that yields the obverse of an intimate violent political religion and bears an utterly different signature of havoc: the remote and abstracted contempt of impenetrably complex systems and the interests that author them, carrying individuals on a fast-moving current to the fulfillment of others’ ends." Make no mistake. This book is remarkably researched and thorough. The points it makes are exceedingly compelling and it contains information that everyone in this age needs to know. However, this book needs a complete re-write by someone more capable of communicating with a more broad audience. One shouldn't have to fight thought the unnecessarily complex sentence structures and pedantic language in order to digest the amazingly necessary message this book tells.

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  • South Florida MBA
  • 2019-07-14

Book Editors failed to trim the word count

A great topic, with a author that can explain it well ....making a convincing argument for regulation of corporate and goverment use of citizens personal data. However, the book editors were asleep at the wheel esecially in the second half of the book where the editors must have just thrown in the towel and moved on to the next book ..... I can not imagine how excesssively wordy this book was before the final edit?? ..... this is a 6 hour story .... that wanders aimlessely between excess and irrelevant details while trying to make a very concise point. It reads like the book was written by an author who has spent a career in academia and government, written like she felt that she was preaching from a pulpit of what she believes will be the legistlative bible on consumer data of the modern economy ..... she even invents some of her own proprietary phrases ....with little regard for reader's time, not many business readers will finish this 24 hour sermon ..... 18 hours of dramatic soap box preaching and excess detail around its 6 hours of unbiased actionable information. By the end of book you will want to strangle Shoshana each time you hear the narrator drone on with: 1. ubiquitous 2. modernity 3. instrumentarian 4. conceptual 5. who decides-who decides 6. unprecendented 7. dispossession 8. personal autonomy 9. inalienable right to the future tense 10. survelliance capitalists 11. neoliberal 12. collectivist orientation 13. facsist 14. any and all 15. human freedom 16. hierarchical complexities 17. radical indifference 18 organism among organisms 19. radical indifference 20. data surplus 21. existential 22. equivalance without equality

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  • Eric
  • 2019-04-18

This should be required reading

While this book seems almost excessively long, I feel the information is soo important for the times we live in. The way data is being collected and sold with no one held accountable is disheartening to say the least. If we do nothing to stop it we are basically giving up our freedom to choose and even our rights as we become a sum of data collected defining who we are to the powers that be. They can then use the data to manipulate our behavior or deny certain privileges. I don't like living in fear but this book can cause paranoia knowing the current truth. I hope enough people learn this information and we can turn technology into a positive tool instead of a tool used to spy and manipulate.

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  • Erik Kobayashi-solomon
  • 2019-04-20

Erudite and important

I had originally expected much more mechanical account of the way in which Google and Facebook, and later Microsoft, learned to use data to craft advertising messages. Instead, the book turned out to be a thoughtful and philosophical work that reminded me in ambition to Thomas Pikkety's work and in content to the writing of Hannah Arendt. This is an important work that I desperately hope will catch the attention of policy makers and prompt an international framework of privacy and personal rights laws.

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  • Amy B.
  • 2019-04-22

Good information - way too verbose

This book has so much good information, but it really needs a good editor. There was way too much repetition and the episodic flowery prose was distracting. This book is good, but it needs to be shorter and less of a burden to listen to.

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  • spores
  • 2019-07-13

Very important topic but poorly constructed

This book discusses an incredibly important but often under-discussed topic. However, the importance of the topic and the message itself gets lost by the seeming insecurity of the writer. This book seems to be intently written to make the author sound overly intelligent and erudite. Instead of using common language and prose the author drones on with long-winded sentences and obscure phrases that are highly unnecessary. I would love to see this book rewritten by someone who is interested in conveying a reasonable message and not interested in overcompensating...

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  • Al
  • 2019-05-28

Horrendously Rhetorical

The basic ideas in this are interesting, but the author writes with such thick rhetoric from a specific ideological position that she makes those ideas unnecessarily overcomplicated. It comes across as an author writing more for herself and glorification of her own intellectualism than as someone attempting to communicate an idea. Terrible.

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  • Jeremy
  • 2019-06-05

The most important book of our era

Am I qualified to say this is the most important book of our era? No. However, I feel it may be, and I am not alone. Reading this book reshaped my world through a meticulously researched and expertly crafted deconstruction of our present. I was expecting a good read about the state of technology, and this book certainly delivered on that end, but I also got a pill that sucked me out of the matrix, or in this case, the hive. My world is transformed from read this text, and I’ve become an unbearable nag to everyone around me, imploring them to read The Age of Surveillance Capitalism and join me outside of the hive. It’s cold and scary out here, but there’s no turning back.

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