Title The Costs of Connection
Subtitle How Data Is Colonizing Human Life and Appropriating It for Capitalism
Author Nick Couldry, Ulises A. Mejias
ISBN 9781503609747
List price GBP 23.99
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 352
Book size 152 x 228 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Stanford University Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
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Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
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Reviews:

“A profound exploration of how the ceaseless extraction of information about our intimate lives is remaking both global markets and our very selves. The Costs of Connection represents an enormous step forward in our collective understanding of capitalism’s current stage, a stage in which the final colonial input is the raw data of human life. Challenging, urgent, and bracingly original.”

Naomi Klein, Gloria Steinem Chair of Media, Culture, and Feminist Studies, Rutgers University

 

“A provocative tour-de-force. A powerful interrogation of the power of data in our networked age. Through an enchanting critique of different aspects of our data soaked society, Nick Couldry and
Ulises A. Mejias invite the reader to reconsider their assumptions about the moral, political, and economic order that makes data-driven technologies possible.”

danah boyd, Microsoft Research and founder of Data & Society

 

“There’s a land grab occurring right now, and it’s for your data and your freedom: companies are not only surveilling you, they’re increasingly influencing and controlling your behavior. This paradigm-shifting book explains the new colonialism at the heart of modern computing, and serves as a needed wake-up call to everyone who cares about our future relationship with technology.”

Bruce Schneier, author of Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-Connected World

 

“Couldry and Mejias have written a profoundly important book, demonstrating the lasting value of social theory to the interpretation (and improvement) of our new digital reality. They deeply understand the nature of platform capitalism. They draw striking and rigorously reasoned parallels between modern tech giants and the firms and governments that exploited colonies in centuries past. And they advance an agenda for decolonizing data that promotes a healthier ecology of online interaction. This book is an essential guide to understanding the depths of the crises in data protection, privacy, and automation that we now face.”

Frank Pasquale, Professor of Law, University of Maryland Carey School of Law

 

“Couldry and Mejias show that data colonialism is not a metaphor. It is a process that expands many dark chapters of the past into our shiny new world of smartphones, smart TVs, and smart stores. This book rewards the reader with important historical context, fascinating examples, clear writing, and unexpected insights scattered throughout.”

Joseph Turow, University of Pennsylvania

 

“This book is a must-read for those grappling with how the global data economy reproduces long-standing social injustice, and what must be done to counter this phenomenon. With a feast of insights embedded in visceral historical and contemporary illustrations, the authors brilliantly push the reader to rethink the relations between technology, power, and inequality.”

Payal Arora, author of The Next Billion Users: Digital Life beyond the West

 

“This is a deeply critical engagement with the systems that enable ‘data colonialism’ to extend its reach into the past, present and future of human life itself. Couldry and Mejias provide a comprehensive and well-considered challenge to the seeming inevitability of this transformative development in capitalism. Theirs is a giant step forward along the path toward rediscovering the meaning and possibility of self-determination. It is not too late to join in!”

Oscar H. Gandy, Jr., Emeritus Professor, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania

 

“This book is among the most insightful and important contributions to our understanding of the political economy of data and the ‘internet of things.’ It brings together historical analysis, critical theory, and a trenchant sense of urgency to reveal what’s really at stake as we choose to send information through everything and connect our bodies and minds to streams of data.”

Siva Vaidhyanathan, author of Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy

 

“Nick Couldry and Ulises A. Mejias go digging deeply into the digital: its spaces, its layers, its deployments. One of their guiding efforts concerns what it actually takes to have this digital capacity in play. It is not an innocent event: it is in some ways closer to an extractive sector, and this means there is a price we pay for its existence.”

Saskia Sassen, author of Expulsions


Description:

Just about any social need is now met with an opportunity to “connect” through digital means. But this convenience is not free—it is purchased with vast amounts of personal data transferred through shadowy backchannels to corporations using it to generate profit. The Costs of Connection uncovers this process, this “data colonialism,” and its designs for controlling our lives—our ways of knowing; our means of production; our political participation.

Colonialism might seem like a thing of the past, but this book shows that the historic appropriation of land, bodies, and natural resources is mirrored today in this new era of pervasive datafication. Apps, platforms, and smart objects capture and translate our lives into data, and then extract information that is fed into capitalist enterprises and sold back to us. The authors argue that this development foreshadows the creation of a new social order emerging globally—and it must be challenged. Confronting the alarming degree of surveillance already tolerated, they offer a stirring call to decolonize the internet and emancipate our desire for connection.


Contents:

Preface:  Colonized by Data

 

Part I: Extracting

Chapter 1. The Capitalization of Life without Limit

Chapter 2. TheCloud Empire

Interlude: On Colonialism and the Decolonial Turn

Chapter 3. The Coloniality of Data Relations

 

Part II: Ordering

Chapter 4. The Hollowing Out of the Social

Chapter 5. Data and the Treat to Human Autonomy

 

Part III: Reconnecting

Chapter 6. Decolonizing Data

Postscript: Another Path Is Possible

Acknowledgments

Notes

Bibliography

Index


About the Authors:

Nick Couldry is Professor of Media, Communications and Social Theory at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Ulises A. Mejias is Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Director of the Institute for Global Engagement at the State University of New York, College at Oswego.


Target Audience:

This book is among the most insightful and important contributions to our understanding of the political economy of data and the ‘internet of things.’  This book is useful for people interested in sociology, cultural studies and science & technology (Internet & IT).

 
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