The Best Tech Books of 2020 Are All About Giving Power to the User

2020 marked a turning point in the fight for the user of a platform, not the owner.

Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener

The book cover of “Uncanny Valley: A Memoir” by Anna Wiener

Tech Can’t Handle Criticism: A Conversation with Anna Wiener and Jessica Powell

The authors discuss sexism, power, and diversity in Silicon Valley

Lurking by Joanne McNeil

The book cover of “Lurking: How a Person Became a User” by Joanne McNeil

AOL, Geocities, and Message Boards: A Brief History of Becoming Human Online

What it meant to grow up as a lurker on the information superhighway

The Logic book boom:
What Tech Calls Thinking by Adrian Daub
Blockchain Chicken Farm by Xiaowei Wang
Voices From the Valley by Ben Tarnoff and Moira Weigel
Subprime Attention Crisis by Tim Hwang

This year, ‘Logic’ partnered with Farrar, Straus & Giroux to release four short books — and I am here to swear on my life that every single one of them is good.

The Ad-Based Internet Is About to Collapse. What Comes Next?

The web as we know it relies on advertising, but that model is headed for a crash. Fortunately, we can build something…

Abolish Silicon Valley by Wendy Liu

The book cover of “Abolish Silicon Valley” by Wendy Liu

Can Silicon Valley Be Fixed — Or Should We Burn It All Down?

The authors of ‘Always Day One’ and ‘Abolish Silicon Valley’ square off in an exclusive debate about the future of tech

Glitch Feminism: A Manifesto by Legacy Russell

Automation and the Future of Work by Aaron Benanav

The book cover of “Automation and the Future of Work” by Aaron Benanav

How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism by Cory Doctorow

How to Destroy ‘Surveillance Capitalism’

Surveillance capitalism is just capitalism — with surveillance. Here’s how to beat it.

The marquee big-budget narrative tech tales:

No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram by Sarah Frier
Facebook: The Inside Story by Steven Levy
Always Day One by Alex Kantrowitz

The Inside Story of How Facebook Acquired Instagram

The social giant’s controversial $1 billion acquisition shows how a tech monopoly wields power

From the academic presses and critical tech theory:

Technologies of Speculation by Sun-ha Hong
Too Smart by Jathan Sadowski
The Innovation Delusion by Lee Vinsel and Andrew L. Russell
Algorithms of Oppression by Safiya Umoja Noble
Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code by Ruha Benjamin

The books about how technology is frying the planet:

All We Can Save, edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine K. Wilkinson
Future Earth by Eric Holthaus
How to Blow Up a Pipeline by Andreas Malm

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