An urgent polemic about the precarious future of democratic society in the tech age from the bestselling author of The Dark Net
Jamie Bartlett is the bestselling author of The Dark Net, an examination of the hidden corners of the internet, and Radicals Chasing Utopia- Inside the Rogue Movements Trying to Change the World. He is the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think-tank Demos. He also writes on technology for the Spectator, the Telegraph and for several other publications on how the internet is changing politics and society. In 2017 Jamie presented the two-part BBC TWO documentary series The Secrets of Silicon Valley. He lives in London.
"The People Vs Tech is a vital guide and a call addressed to those who are unwilling to play the part of the hapless shipowner in the coming war for our minds and democracy itself" -- Yiannis Baboulias * Spectator * "A timely new book by Jamie Bartlett of Demos, The People Vs Tech, spells out why it's vital that politicians seize this moment to reform our attitudes to technology" -- Helen Lewis * New Statesman * "The People Vs Tech is an erudite book that sheds light on the unwanted social costs of the big tech revolution. An essential read for pretty much anyone in the world of politics" -- Sam Bright * Progress * "Highly readable... [Bartlett] is surely right to argue that our futures will be shaped by how the winners and losers respond to the changes unleashed by technology, as much as by the technology itself" -- John Thornhill * Financial Times * "Bartlett effectively manages to condense the political challenges of technology into his six-pillar framework. This book can therefore serve as both a foundational introduction to the current technological and political landscape, whilst also providing much-needed clarity to even the seasoned reader of such issues... When it comes to rapidly-scaling technology companies, society must now ask the right questions - and Bartlett's book is a strong place to start." -- Kevin Seidler * LSE Review of Books * "A fascinating, though sometimes sobering and even frightening, journey" * The Quint * "Fascinating" -- Amber Rudd MP "Remarkable" -- David Anderson QC "This book could not have come at a better moment, when we are all in the grip of the endlessly unfolding story of Cambridge Analytica... when it comes to the workings of Big Tech, the blogger Jamie Bartlett clearly knows his stuff... He brings home, chillingly, the menacing passivity of algorithms... I enjoyed this book. It made me think... And The People Vs Tech makes clear that there is still time - just - for us to take back control." -- Camilla Cavendish * Sunday Times * "A provocative report on the "looming dystopia" of the digital revolution and its effects on democracy... [Bartlett] meticulously scrutinizes the social and political consequences of our increasingly digitized world and how its control compromises societal frameworks and individual freedoms... His renunciation of tech's tightening stronghold is consistently cogent, as is the viable, counterbalancing arsenal of pragmatic solutions that he provides at the end of the book. Relevant, cautionary, prognosticative insights on the enduring digitization vs. democracy turf war." * Kirkus *