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Future Histories : What Ada Lovelace, Tom Paine, and the Paris Commune Can Teach Us About Digital Technology - Lizzie O'Shea

Future Histories

What Ada Lovelace, Tom Paine, and the Paris Commune Can Teach Us About Digital Technology

Hardcover Published: 1st July 2019
ISBN: 9781788734301
Number Of Pages: 240

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When we talk about technology we always talk about the future - which makes it hard to figure out how to get there. In Future Histories, Lizzie O'Shea argues that we need to stop looking forward and start looking backwards. Weaving together histories of computing and social movements with modern theories of the mind, society, and self, O'Shea constructs a “usable past” that can help us determine our digital future.

What, she asks, can the Paris Commune tell us about earlier experiments in sharing resources-like the Internet-in common? Can debates over equal digital access be guided by Tom Paine's theories of democratic, economic redistribution? And, how is Elon Musk not a visionary but a throwback to Victorian-era utopians?

In engaging, sparkling prose, O'Shea shows us how very human our understanding of technology is, and what potential exists for struggle, for liberation, for art and poetry in our digital present. Future Histories is for all of us-makers, coders, hacktivists, Facebook-users, self-styled Luddites-who find ourselves in a brave new world.

About the Author

Lizzie O'Shea is a lawyer, writer, and broadcaster. She is regularly featured on national television programs and radio to comment on law, digital technology, corporate responsibility, and human rights, and her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, and The Sydney Morning Herald, among others.

ISBN: 9781788734301
ISBN-10: 1788734300
Audience: BAG
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st July 2019
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.2  x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.64

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