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Livestream: Shoshana Zuboff on "The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power"

3:00pm sharp to 4:00pm EDT livestream book talk by HBS Prof. Shoshana Zuboff

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Date: Tuesday July 21, 2020 | 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Speaker(s): Shoshana Zuboff, Charles Edward Wilson Professor Emerita, Harvard Business School; Faculty Associate - Berkman Centre for Internet and Society, Harvard Law School; New York Times "Notable Book of the Year" Author

In Conversation With: Heather Reisman, Founder and CEO, Indigo Books

Introductions By: Gillian Hadfield, Schwartz Reisman Chair in Technology and Society, Professor of Law, Professor of Strategic Management at Rotman and Director - Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society, University of Toronto; Author
Topic: "The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power" (by Shoshana Zuboff for Public Affairs, hardcover 2019, paperback 2020)

On July 14, Rotman Events will email registrants the link to the page where you can watch the livestream of the talk on July 21 from 3:00pm sharp to 4:00pm EDT

Location: Online
Cost: $28.99 plus HST per person (includes the link to the livestream and 1 unsigned paperback copy of "The Age of Surveillance Capitalism"); or $49.50 plus HST per person (includes the link to the livestream and 1 unsigned hardcover copy of "The Age of Surveillance Capitalism");
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Book Mailing: Starting July 21, unsigned copies of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism will be shipped to paid registrants.

Book Synopsis: The challenges to humanity posed by the digital future, the first detailed examination of the unprecedented form of power called "surveillance capitalism," and the quest by powerful corporations to predict and control our behaviour.

In this masterwork of original thinking and research, Shoshana Zuboff provides startling insights into the phenomenon that she has named surveillance capitalism. The stakes could not be higher: a global architecture of behavior modification threatens human nature in the twenty-first century just as industrial capitalism disfigured the natural world in the twentieth.

Zuboff vividly brings to life the consequences as surveillance capitalism advances from Silicon Valley into every economic sector. Vast wealth and power are accumulated in ominous new "behavioral futures markets," where predictions about our behavior are bought and sold, and the production of goods and services is subordinated to a new "means of behavioral modification."

The threat has shifted from a totalitarian Big Brother state to a ubiquitous digital architecture: a "Big Other" operating in the interests of surveillance capital. Here is the crucible of an unprecedented form of power marked by extreme concentrations of knowledge and free from democratic oversight. Zuboff's comprehensive and moving analysis lays bare the threats to twenty-first century society: a controlled "hive" of total connection that seduces with promises of total certainty for maximum profit--at the expense of democracy, freedom, and our human future.

With little resistance from law or society, surveillance capitalism is on the verge of dominating the social order and shaping the digital future--if we let it.

The New York Times named Dr. Zuboff's latest book their "Notable Book of the Year". The Financial Times named it their "Best Book of the Year". Time named it their "Must-Read Book of 2019". The Guardian named it one of their "100 Best Books of the 21st Century". Prof. Zuboff was awarded the 2019 Axel Springer Award for her book. Indigo Books named it a "Heather's Pick". The Sunday Times (UK) named it "Best Business Book of the Year". The book was selected by Barack Obama, Zadie Smith (in the Wall Street Journal), Jia Tolentino (in the New Yorker), Elif Shafak (in the Guardian), and Ana Botin (in Bloomberg) as one of the best books of 2019 . The book was a finalist for the Financial Times/McKinsey "Best Book of the Year Award".

About Our Guest Speaker:

Shoshana Zuboff is the author of three books, each of which signaled the start of a new epoch in technological society. In the late 1980s, In the Age of the Smart Machine foresaw how computers would revolutionize the modern workplace. At the dawn of the twenty-first century, The Support Economy predicted the rise of a digitally distributed capitalism of services tailored to the individual. Today, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism reveals a world in which technology users are no longer customers but the raw material for an entirely new industrial system. Dr. Zuboff is the Charles Edward Wilson Professor Emerita at Harvard Business School and Faculty Associate at the Beekman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University and her BA from the University of Chicago.

For more information about Prof. Zuboff visit her website and follow her on Twitter @shoshanazuboff.

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