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This group is for Washington area professionals who work in the international arena (US govt, World Bank, IMF, NGO, foreign embassy) or just someone with a passion for international affairs who wants to learn more and interact with like-minded people.

We meet every six weeks or so at Zorba’s Cafe in Dupont. The books we read are proposed and voted on at the end of the previous meeting. Reading the selected book is absolutely not required to attend.

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The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff

Zorba's (Dupont Circle)

Our next book is The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power, by Shoshana Zuboff. “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.” https://www.amazon.com/Age-Surveillance-Capitalism-Future-Frontier-ebook/dp/B01N2QEZE2/ https://shoshanazuboff.com/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoshana_Zuboff Published: January 15, 2019 Pages: 705 (approx. 25% notes) Here are some relevant videos and articles: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/surveillance-capitalism-has-gone-rogue-we-must-curb-its-excesses/2019/01/24/be463f48-1ffa-11e9-9145-3f74070bbdb9_story.html?utm_term=.7ca4d88a9371 https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/feb/02/age-of-surveillance-capitalism-shoshana-zuboff-review https://theintercept.com/2019/02/02/shoshana-zuboff-age-of-surveillance-capitalism/ https://www.theverge.com/2019/3/26/18282360/age-of-surveillance-capitalism-shoshana-zuboff-data-collection-economy-privacy-interview-vergecast https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/the-age-of-surveillance-capitalism-by-shoshanna-zuboff-data-disaster-1.3774646 https://www.thenation.com/article/shoshana-zuboff-age-of-surveillance-capitalism-book-review/ https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/16/books/review-age-of-surveillance-capitalism-shoshana-zuboff.html https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/18/books/review/shoshana-zuboff-age-of-surveillance-capitalism.html https://theintercept.com/2019/03/01/surveillance-capitalism-book-shoshana-zuboff-naomi-klein/ https://www.vox.com/2019/2/20/18232469/shoshana-zuboff-age-surveillance-capitalism-book-google-facebook-privacy-data-kara-swisher http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/02/shoshana-zuboff-q-and-a-the-age-of-surveillance-capital.html https://thefederalist.com/2019/04/12/meet-surveillance-capitalism-our-terrifying-new-economic-order/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtHt1BMpCXs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIrFAi5R9yg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJwf6oLvc2Q https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bInyT_JYJSY As always, reading the book is absolutely not required to attend. When you arrive, order your food and drink from the counter in the back, then come find us. We’re usually upstairs to the right.

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