Book Title: Deleting Dystopia: Re-Asserting Human Priorities in the Age of Surveillance Capitalism

Author: Richard A. Slaughter

Book Description: Deleting Dystopia confirms that the existential threats posted by the misuse of advanced digital technologies are real. But, in place of apathy and fatalism, Slaughter explores ways of understanding the threat, conceptualising solutions and identifying strategies that lead away from digital authoritarian futures towards those funded on humanly viable values and practices.

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The IT revolution has brought many surprises. Among them is the fact that intensive surveillance and the related abuse of personal data have fallen into the hands of powerful digital oligarchies. Accounts of the increasingly repressive uses of advanced technologies and the subsequent ‘dumbing down’ of entire populations cast dark shadows over future prospects that are beginning to look increasingly dystopian.

Deleting Dystopia confirms that the existential threats posted by the misuse of advanced digital technologies are real. But, in place of apathy and fatalism, Slaughter explores ways of understanding the threat, conceptualising solutions and identifying strategies that lead away from digital authoritarian futures towards those funded on humanly viable values and practices.

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Richard A. Slaughter

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Educational: Humanities and social sciences, general

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Title
Deleting Dystopia: Re-Asserting Human Priorities in the Age of Surveillance Capitalism
Author
Richard A. Slaughter
Editors
Sophia Imran and Luke van der Laan
Illustrators
Samara Hoffmann and Tara Mann
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This book is a derivative work drawn from the author’s manuscripts which were later submitted for editing and production in the following articles –

Slaughter, R. A. (2018). The IT revolution reassessed part three: Framing solutions. Futures, 100, 1-19. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2018.02.005

Slaughter, R. A. (2018). The IT revolution reassessed part two: Case studies and implications. Futures, 98, 19-31. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2017.12.007

Slaughter, R. A. (2018). The IT revolution reassessed part one: Literature review and key issues. Futures, 96, 115-123. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2017.12.006

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Book cover designed by Tara Mann.

Primary Subject
Educational: Humanities and social sciences, general
Additional Subject(s)
Human–computer interaction
Publisher
University of Southern Queensland
Publication Date
September 1, 2021
Ebook ISBN
978-0-6487698-7-3