Surveillance capitalism: A new societal condition rising.
Organized by EPIC
Moderator: Kristina Irion, IViR-UvA (NL)
Panel: Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Member of the Icelandic Parliament (IS), David Lyon, Queens University (CA), Marc Rotenberg, EPIC (US)
Todays accounts of the information economy presumes social progress highlighted by new innovations – such as social network services, global search and smart phone apps. However, the corresponding commodification of personal data is of a magnitude and ubiquity that qualifies as a defining societal condition and signals the onset of a new era: Surveillance capitalism. To Shoshana Zuboff “this new form of information capitalism aims to predict and modify human behavior as a means to produce revenue and market control.” The long-term consequences of this economic transformation may thus be much deeper changes in society than the latest apps. This panel takes a big picture perspective and explores the conditions of surveillance capitalism and how the accumulation of data translates into power and transforms society. In particular, the panel will consider the following questions:
– What is surveillance capitalism? – What are its conditions and drivers? – How does the accumulation of data translate into power? – What societal changes may eventuate as a result of surveillance capitalism?
Shoshana Zuboff is the author of ‘The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power.’ She talks with Leo Laporte about how social media is being used to influence people.
This Video is a excerpt of the event: Reality is the Next Big Thing from the Elevate Festival 2014. Shoshana Zuboff was participating via Videostream. Click here for the full video of the event: http://vimeo.com/elevatefestival/e14r… Shoshana Zuboff
Shoshana Zuboff is the Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School (retired), and a faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. One of the first tenured women at the Harvard Business School, she joined the faculty there in 1981. She earned her Ph.D. in social psychology from Harvard University and her B.A. in philosophy from the University of Chicago. She has been a featured columnist for BusinessWeek.com and Fast Company. Shoshana is also founder of the executive education program Odyssey: School for the Second Half of Life.
Shoshana is currently working on a new book (working title,The Summons: Our Fight for the Soul of an Information Civilization). It will be published by Public Affairs in the US and Eichborn in Germany. The Summons aims to contribute to a new positive narrative of the digital for a post-Snowden world. It integrates her lifelong themes: the historical emergence of psychological individuality, the conditions for human development, the information revolution, and the evolution of capitalism. The Summons begins with the oldest question: master or slave? It explores the origins of information civilization and its prospects. Can information civilization be, perhaps counter-intuitively, a new human turn, despite the seeds of a much darker future that have taken root? What are the urgent social, economic, political, and juridical choices we face? What new forms of institutionalization are needed on the far shore to foster human salience in a civilizational milieu of prosperity, democracy, and shared prospects for survival on a warming planet?
Harvard professor Shoshana Zuboff wrote a monumental book about the new economic order that is alarming. “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism,” reveals how the biggest tech companies deal with our data. How do we regain control of our data? What is surveillance capitalism?
In this documentary, Zuboff takes the lid off Google and Facebook and reveals a merciless form of capitalism in which no natural resources, but the citizen itself, serves as a raw material. How can citizens regain control of their data?
It is 2000, and the dot.com crisis has caused deep wounds. How will startup Google survive the bursting of the internet bubble? Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin don’t know anymore how to turn the tide. By chance, Google discovers that the “residual data” that people leave behind in their searches on the internet is very precious and tradable.
This residual data can be used to predict the behavior of the internet user. Internet advertisements can, therefore, be used in a very targeted and effective way. A completely new business model is born: “surveillance capitalism.”
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