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Roland Duong

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

by Roland Duong

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

Roland Duong

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Harvard professor Shoshana Zuboff outlines her research on the digital information age and the alarming effects surveillance has on our lives.

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The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

by Roland Duong

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

Roland Duong

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Professor, social psychologist, and philosopher Shoshana Zuboff has been referred to as 'the Karl Marx of our time'. Zuboff's groundbreaking book The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power examined the rise of big tech's control over our lives. Now, in this documentary directed by Roland Duong, Zuboff breaks down the key findings of her research.

Throughout the film, Zuboff charts the influential power of Google and Facebook, which exert increasing control over our lives through surveillance tactics and the mining of our personal data. In this era, the means of production are not our labor but our minds and our very humanity, with dire consequences for our personal lives and democracy.

Zuboff has published multiple books examining the digital epoch, the history of capitalism, and the development of individual psychology throughout history. Having coined such influential terms as 'the means of behavior modification' and 'information civilization', Zuboff's work provides a crucial and sharp analysis of contemporary life.

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"An important misconception is that this is only manifest in our lives when we're online, or somehow it's only restricted to online targeted advertising. It's easy to say 'this doesn't affect me', but this is being conducted at a layer that's not accessible to us."

Shoshana Zuboff

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