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Future Histories: What Ada Lovelace, Tom Paine, and the Paris Commune Can Teach Us About Digital Technology Hardcover – 1 July 2019

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"Before we became big data bundles for the lackeys of Dorsey, Jobs, Zuckerberg, and Bezos, to exploit, the digital revolution seemed to promise a democratic utopia, a commons in cyberspace not governed by neoliberal norms. Can we realize that revolutionary dream and stop desiring our own domination? Incredibly, yet thrillingly and plausibly, Lizzie O'Shea argues that, if only we can mobilize history to serve rather than enervate us, the answer is yes."
--Stuart Jeffries

"There has never been a better time to pull the politics of platform capitalism into the foreground where it belongs. Lizzie O'Shea brings a hacker's curiosity, a historian's reach and a lawyer's precision to bear on our digitally saturated present, emerging with a compelling argument that a better world is there for the taking."
--Scott Ludlam

"A potent, timely, and unrepentantly radical reminder of history's creative potential. Lizzie O'Shea's Future Histories should be required reading for anyone planning on surviving--and even repairing--our grim technological moment."
--Claire L. Evans

"A thought-provoking text for readers looking to approach the subject [of digital technologies] from a well-informed ... perspective."
--Engineering and Technology Magazine

"There's plenty of history in Future Histories, but the perspective is polemical and eclectic: a pinch of socialism, a dash of anarchism, relentless strictures on digital misconduct, and, throughout, a salutary call to use technology to fulfill humanity's potential."
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A highly engaging tour through progressive history in the service of emancipating our digital tomorrow.

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