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9781839762024

Internet for the People

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  • ISBN13:

    9781839762024

  • ISBN10:

    1839762020

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2022-02-01
  • Publisher: Verso
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A manifesto for how to take back control of the internet for the people

What should we do about Google, Facebook, and Amazon? Why are these platforms taking over so much of our lives? Is it possible anymore to resist surveillance capitalism? In Internet for the People, leading tech writer Ben Tarnoff sets out an agenda to reclaim the internet from the FANGS. This radical demand includes the rights to a digital commons, so that people get what they need, not just what they can afford. And secondly, the democratisation of the digital sphere, so everyone can take part in decision making that affects our everyday lives online.

In an urgent 3 step plan, Tarnoff shows how this can be done: Make the Internet accessible - so that it available to everyone; taxonomise the Internet - understand how and where the major players get their power; collectivise the internet - break-up the platforms. This affords a number of different alternatives: different types of ownership as well as the abolition of services that offer no social value. This bold and visionary agenda can no longer be ignored: it is time to demand an Internet by, and for the people now.

Author Biography

Ben Tarnoff is a tech worker, writer, and co-founder of Logic Magazine. He writes for the Guardian, Jacobin, New Republic. He is the author of The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature and A Counterfeiter's Paradise: The Wicked Lives and Surprising Adventures of Three Early American Moneymakers.

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