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From the highly acclaimed author of The Internet Is Not the Answer, How to Fix the Future is a compelling new book that showcases global solutions for our digital predicament. Following the Industrial Revolution, civilized societies remade nineteenth-century capitalism into a more humane version of itself, and Keen shows how we can do the same in the wake of the Digital Revolution.
As consensus builds around the importance of making sure the Internet remains a force for good, we need a road map of what actions we can take to ensure that the Internet works for us, and not the other way around. Keen identifies five broad strategies to tackle the digital future: competitive innovation, government regulation, consumer choice, social responsibility by business leaders, and education. Traveling the world in order to identify best (and worst) practices in these five areas, Keen moves from Estonia, where tech giants are forming a model for Internet governance, to Germany, whose automobile titans are navigating the future of self-driving cars, to Scandinavia, Korea, and, of course, Silicon Valley. Powerfully argued and deeply engaging, How to Fix the Future provides hope that the future may yet become something that we can look forward to.
Andrew Keen is the executive director of the Silicon Valley salon FutureCast, a columnist for GQ magazine, and a regular commentator on all things digital. He is the author of The Internet is Not the Answer, Digital Vertigo, and the international sensation The Cult of the Amateur.