Dr. Ramesh Srinivasan, professor at UCLA and Director of U.C. Digital Cultures Lab and author of Beyond the Valley: How Innovators Around the World are Overcoming Inequality and Creating the Technologies of Tomorrow (MIT Press), speaks today about how we might repair the disconnect between designers and users, producers and consumers, and tech elites and the rest of us.
“It sounds almost quaint to talk about privacy, fairness, and credible information these days. So it goes when Silicon Valley designs things for the rest of us based on what they think is important and cool--and profitable for them. What would it look like to turn the tables? Let's give the users control over the way algorithms and design choices are optimized. If you're tired of the surveillance, bias, and propaganda that are warping our world, read this book to see how things can be different.” -- Cathy O'Neil.
“Great reporting from around the developing world reminds us how blinkered our view of digital technology really is--this book will expand your thinking about how we might make these networks work for us (and about the realms of human life we need to shield from them). -- Bill McKibben.