The Internet Con: How to Seize the Means of Computation

The Internet Con: How to Seize the Means of Computation

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Author/Contributor(s): Doctorow, Cory
Publisher: Verso
Date: 09/05/2023
Binding: Hardcover
Condition: NEW
A USA TODAY BESTSELLER

Winner of the 2024 Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity

"An essential read for anyone that wants to understand how we lost control of our digital spaces and infrastructure to Silicon Valley’s tech giants, and how we can start fighting to get it back." –Tim Maughan, author of INFINITE DETAIL

"A brilliant barn burner of a book." –Kate Crawford, author of The Atlas of AI

When the tech platforms promised a future of "connection," they were lying. They said their "walled gardens" would keep us safe, but those were prison walls.


The platforms locked us into their systems and made us easy pickings, ripe for extraction. Twitter, Facebook and other Big Tech platforms hard to leave by design. They hold hostage the people we love, the communities that matter to us, the audiences and customers we rely on. The impossibility of staying connected to these people after you delete your account has nothing to do with technological limitations: it's a business strategy in service to commodifying your personal life and relationships.

We can - we must - dismantle the tech platforms. In The Internet Con, Cory Doctorow explains how to seize the means of computation, by forcing Silicon Valley to do the thing it fears most: interoperate. Interoperability will tear down the walls between technologies, allowing users leave platforms, remix their media, and reconfigure their devices without corporate permission.

Interoperability is the only route to the rapid and enduring annihilation of the platforms. The Internet Con is the disassembly manual we need to take back our internet.