New Book Looks at ‘Costs of Connection’ for Personal Data Online
From invasive social platforms to data breaches, daily headlines paint a cautionary tale of information on the internet, which is explored in depth in a new book, Costs of Connection (Stanford University Press, 2019), co-authored by Ulises Mejias (above) of SUNY Oswego’s communication studies faculty and Nick Couldrey of the London School of Economics and Political Science.
“There is a new kind of colonial land grab going on, but it’s not for territory or resources; it’s for our data,” Mejias said. “Our social lives are being quantified and converted into data for the benefit of a few, and we argue in this book that this constitutes a new kind of ‘data colonialism.’”
The book represents “a response to a growing uneasiness about what happens when practically everything we do is captured by digital networks, nothing is excluded and social life becomes a direct input to capitalism,” he said.
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