[Read eBook] Democracy Hacked: How Technology is Destabilising Global PoliticsAuthor Martin Moore – Albawater.co

Martin Moore is a stellar academic, and this book is a fantastic addition to the array of books surrounding the seeming incompatibility of democracy and technology For me, it was an odd read, for the following reasons The author is fixated on the trump Brexit phenomena, which, whilst drawing on some wider examples in Germany, Philippines, and Brazil, has been done in detail elsewhere I was anticipating something wider ranging, like western than global politics Certain passages seem to crop up again and again throughout the book, so it feels somewhat repetitive I found Moore s reflections on the future of technology somewhat limited, with either control seeded to Big Tech, surveillance states, and some democratic reforms the only possible scenarios I find Moore s verdict on Facebook rather light, failing to find them culpable in attempts to influence democracy.I did enjoy, Moore s analysis of the rise of 4Chan, Facebook s evolution, and perspectives on Plutocrats. This is a book that should be read and acted by all of us who treasure democratic values. An ambitious, thought provoking and important book about the digital space we spend increasing time on and the power it holds to affect and shape our world.It is well researched and provides strong arguments on how social media, specifically the rise of the tech giants Facebook, Google and Twitter has created a platform in which anyone can target and influence individuals in a way that has never been seen before.I am surprised that this book seems to be little read At this moment in time, only 6 reviews on.co.uk and 2 ratings on Goodreads and 0 reviews In my opinion it is a must read for everyone because gives a better understanding of the processes underlying the online platforms provided by the tech giants Google, Facebook and Twitter that most of us use everyday and investigates the many problems it poses when unchecked It also focuses generally on the increased collection of personal data and how its misuse can undermine democracy and aggravate entrenched inequalities.Overall, this is, in my opinion, an important book to read because, like it or not, our world is rapidly changing in the current Information Age. This is a remarkable, eye opening piece of work, beautifully written and very engaging Its importance cannot be overstated this book should be obligatory reading for absolutely everyone and should be discussed in schools.I disagree with one reviewer who suggests it is left off centre Moore s thorough analysis repeatedly covers the Obama campaign s effective use of social media, as well as the Bitish Labour Party s equally effective strategy in the 2017 General Election. History, old news and no new insights. An Incredible read I think this could be in my top 10 books of all time. Right item prompt delivery Technology has fractured democracy, and now there s no going back All around the world, the fringes have stormed the palace of the elites and unleashed data miners, dark ads and bots on an unwitting public After years of soundbites about connecting people, the social media giants are only just beginning to admit to the scale of the problem We stand on the precipice of an era where switching your mobile platform will have impact on your life than switching your government Where freedom and privacy are seen as incompatible with social well being and transparency Where your attention is sold to the highest bidder Our laws don t cover what is happening and our politicians don t understand it But if we don t fight to change the system now, we may not get another chance Well analyzed and well argued Though I didn t fully agree with the author on all the points he make, this book deserves a 5 star for its impeccable analysis and observations on the impact of digitalization on global politics. Our cybernetic political future looks quite grim Social networks are a great place for very rich, very twisted people can force changes in democracies in order to come to power and disappear said democracies The future is not what it used to be