Software is eating the world1 — and human nature. That is surveillance capitalism.
I’m writing a book to explain (1) the dichotomy between the misleading marketing and public relation rhetoric of companies such as Facebook and Google and the nature of their business model (that is the expropriation of personal data to help organizations alter one’s thinking, and behavior, by using addictive and micro targeting mechanisms hidden from one’s perception and sense); (2) the destructive impact those mechanisms have on one’s well-being; (3) how one can protect themselves, and more importantly, what to protect in the age of ubiquitous technology; and finally (4) what we can do to bifurcate from surveillance capitalism (e.g. slow web.)
I also curate a list of products respectful of people’s well-being and data (link.)
My interests are:
Prior to focusing on writing, I worked for the French state on public relations in the digital sector in Asia, and for startups in product marketing.
Amongst other things, I’ve been involved with some conferences and multiple “community” projects in Asia. I also worked for a bit with a non-governmental organization in Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), mostly in Pyongyang.
I have written articles for blogs in the U.S. and Europe. Some of my writings were translated in Dutch, German, Italian, Turkish, Spanish, French and Portuguese.
If you would like to take a look at what I have written, here is a selection:
Some more practical writing and curation:
If you don’t need to talk to me and just want to keep in touch. There are a few options:
Why Software Is Eating the World, Marc Andreessen↩
Surveillance capitalism refers to an economic system centred around the commodification of personal data with the core purpose of profit-making. Since personal data can be commodified it has become one of the most valuable resources on earth.↩
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, Shoshana Zuboff↩