The Little Black Book of Data and Democracy
How much data does Facebook really have on me? What is a cookie on the Internet? Is my Amazon Alexa listening to me? Why can’t I seem to stop scrolling endlessly down my Instagram feed? Did social media really help cause an attempted coup in the United States?
Powered by your personal data, social media has transformed our way of life, from how we get information and meet people to creating increasingly siloed online communities. This has had a profound impact on democratic society as our shared reality – the way we collectively understand the world – has rapidly been replaced by conflicting micro realities that are often fueled by conspiracy theories, lies and “fake news.” This has been driven by a business model that supposedly gives us everything for free. All we have to do is give up our personal data to use these highly addictive platforms. If you aren’t paying for the product, then you are the product.
How did we go from short, 140-character tweets to attempted coups in less than two decades? The Little Black Book of Data and Democracy demystifies these seemingly complex topics to help you understand how our very way of life is under threat and what you can do about it before it’s too late.
Kyle Taylor is the Founder and Director of Fair Vote UK, which published whistleblower evidence of Vote Leave’s lawbreaking in the EU referendum and supported Chris Wylie’s whistleblower revelations around Cambridge Analytica’s global data theft and misappropriation. He is a leading campaigner on digital democracy reform and platform regulation in the UK and internationally. Kyle was the Campaign Director and Chief of Staff to a UK government minister and has worked on half a dozen election campaigns in the UK and the USA, including the 2016 US Presidential Campaign and the 2020 US Georgia Senate Runoff, which Democrats won by less than 56,000 votes.
Praise for The Little Black Book
“A short & practical guide on the shocking truth of how our personal data is being used to undermine democracy”
— Carole Cadwalladr
“Fresh, engaging and absolutely essential reading for anyone wondering how we piece society back together”
— Katharina Gellein Viken, Director, People You May Know
“The Little Black Book of Data and Democracy is, at once, a uniquely accessible primer on how Big Tech functions, a sophisticated analysis of how surveillance capitalism is eroding our consensus reality, and a rousing call-to-action. Kyle Taylor has done a tremendous service by demystifying this existential threat to democracy and offering a roadmap for progress at both the personal and societal level.”
— Jesse Lehrich, Co-founder of Accountable Tech and former foreign policy spokesperson for Hillary Clinton
This book is now for presale, the first 1000 orders will be signed by Kyle Taylor.
Orders to be shipped in April.