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Business and Surveillance in a Time of Big Data

by Peter Bloom

The corporate world is watching us, but why does no one watch them?
Our contemporary age is confronted by a profound contradiction: on the one hand, our lives as workers, consumers and citizens have become ever more monitored by new technologies. On the other, big business and finance become increasingly less regulated and controllable.

What does this technocratic ideology and surveillance-heavy culture reveal about the deeper reality of modern society? Monitored investigates the history and implications of this modern accountability paradox. Peter Bloom reveals pervasive monitoring practices which mask how at its heart, the elite remains socially and ethically out of control.

Challenging their exploitive 'accounting power', Bloom demands that the systems that administer our lives are oriented to social liberation and new ways of being in the world.

This book is available to download through the Open Access programme.

Peter Bloom heads the People and Organisations Department at the Open University, UK. His recent books include The CEO Society: The Corporate Takeover of Everyday Life (Zed, 2018) and The Ethics of Neoliberalism: The Business of Making Capitalism Moral (Routledge, 2017). His writing has featured in the Washington Post, Guardian, and New Statesman.

'The non-fiction equivalent of Orwell's '1984'. In a terrifying account of the new age of surveillance, Bloom demonstrates how Big Brother is actually Big Data' - Simon Springer, author of 'The Discourse of Neoliberalism' and 'The Anarchist Roots of Geography' 'A brisk and insightful guide to our world of increasingly ubiquitous surveillance that poses challenging questions about who is surveilled, who has privacy, and how we are being sold the chains to our own imprisonment' - Nick Srnicek, King's College London 'Essential reading for those who wish to identify, resist and challenge the surveillance consequences of big data for the individual, for democracy and for society' - Kirstie Ball, University of St Andrews

Preface: Completely Monitored
1. Monitored Subjects, Unaccountable Capitalism
2. The Growing Threat of Digital Control
3. Surveilling Ourselves
4. Smart Realities
5. Digital Salvation
6. Planning Your Life at the End of History
7. Totalitarianism 4.0
8. The Revolution Will Not Be Monitored

Published by Pluto Press in Jan 2019
Paperback ISBN: 9780745338620

129mm x 198mm