Tom Kemp
2023 |
Political Science

The path forward to rein in online surveillance, AI, and tech monopolies ​Technology is a gift and a curse. The five Big Tech companies—Meta, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google—have built innovative products that improve many aspects of our lives. But their intrusiveness and our dependence on them have created pressing threats to our civil rights, economy, and democracy. Coming from an extensive background building Silicon Valley–based tech startups, Tom Kemp eloquently and precisely weaves together the threats posed by Big Tech: • the overcollection and weaponization of our most sensitive data • the problematic ways Big Tech uses AI to process and act upon our data • the stifling of competition and entrepreneurship due to Big Tech’s dominant market position This richly detailed book exposes the consequences of Big Tech’s digital surveillance, exploitative use of AI, and monopolistic and anticompetitive practices. It offers actionable solutions to these problems and a clear path forward for individuals and policymakers to advocate for change. By containing the excesses of Big Tech, we will ensure our civil rights are respected and preserved, our economy is competitive, and our democracy is protected.

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Containing Big Tech

How to Protect Our Civil Rights, Economy, and Democracy