Don't Be Evil: How Big Tech Betrayed Its Founding Principles -- and All of Us

Category: Book
By (author): Foroohar, Rana
Subject:  BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic Conditions
  NON-FICTION / General
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Economic Policy
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Social Classes
Publisher: Crown Business
Published: November 2019
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 368
Size: 9.25in x 6.12in
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From The Publisher*A penetrating indictment of how today's largest tech companies are hijacking our data, our livelihoods, our social fabric, and our minds-from an acclaimed Financial Times columnist and CNN analyst 
 
"Don't be evil" was enshrined as Google's corporate mantra back in its early days, when the company's cheerful logo still conveyed the utopian vision for a future in which technology would inevitably make the world better, safer, and more prosperous.
 
Unfortunately, it's been quite a while since Google, or the majority of the Big Tech companies, lived up to this founding philosophy. Today, the utopia they sought to create is looking more dystopian than ever: from digital surveillance and the loss of privacy to the spreading of misinformation and hate speech to predatory algorithms targeting the weak and vulnerable to products that have been engineered to manipulate our desires.
 
How did we get here? How did these once-scrappy and idealistic enterprises become rapacious monopolies with the power to corrupt our elections, co-opt all our data, and control the largest single chunk of corporate wealth-while evading all semblance of regulation and taxes?  In Don't Be Evil, Financial Times global business columnist Rana Foroohar tells the story of how Big Tech lost its soul-and ate our lunch.
 
Through her skilled reporting and unparalleled access-won through nearly thirty years covering business and technology-she shows the true extent to which behemoths like Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon are monetizing both our data and our attention, without us seeing a penny of those exorbitant profits.
 
Finally, Foroohar lays out a plan for how we can resist, by creating a framework that fosters innovation while also protecting us from the dark side of digital technology.
Biographical NoteRana Foroohar is global business columnist and associate editor for the Financial Times. She is also CNN's global economic analyst. Previously, Foroohar was the assistant managing editor in charge of business and economics at Time, as well as the magazine's economic columnist. She also spent 13 years at Newsweek, as an economic and foreign affairs editor and a foreign correspondent covering Europe and the Middle East. During that time, she was awarded the German Marshall Fund's Peter R. Weitz Prize for transatlantic reporting. She has also received awards and fellowships from institutions such as the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and the East-West Center. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.