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Abolish Silicon Valley

How to Liberate Technology from Capitalism

Wendy Liu

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Repeater Books
14 April 2020
Political science & theory
Innovation. Meritocracy. The possibility of overnight success. What's not to love about Silicon Valley? These days, it's hard to be unambiguously optimistic about the growth-at-all-costs ethos of the tech industry. Public opinion is souring in the wake of revelations about Cambridge Analytica, Theranos, and the workplace conditions of Amazon warehouse workers or Uber. We're starting to see the cracks in the edifice, as we realise that the wealth that the tech industry is so good at creating is neither sustainable nor always desirable. Abolish Silicon Valley is both a heartfelt personal story about the wasteful inequality and unsubstantiated lies of Silicon Valley, and a rallying call to engage in the radical politics needed to upend the status quo. Going beyond the idiosyncrasies of the individual founders and companies that characterise the industry today, Liu delves into the structural factors of the economy that led to Silicon Valley in its current form, and links them to the economy at large. Ultimately, she proposes a more radical way of developing technology, where innovation is conducted for the benefit of society at large, and not merely to enrich a select few.
By:   Wendy Liu
Imprint:   Repeater Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   New edition
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 130mm, 
Weight:   368g
ISBN:   9781912248704
ISBN 10:   1912248700
Pages:   244
Publication Date:   14 April 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Wendy Liu is a software engineer and former startup founder who left the tech industry to pursue a masters degree in inequality from the London School of Economics. She is currently working on a print publication devoted to tech worker organising in Silicon Valley.

Reviews for Abolish Silicon Valley: How to Liberate Technology from Capitalism

Lucid, probing and urgent. Wendy Liu manages to be both optimistic about the emancipatory potential of tech and scathing about the industry that has harnessed it for bleak and self-serving ends. -- Naomi Klein, author of On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal Astute, accessible, and driven by the author's wealth of personal insight, Abolish Silicon Valley is a riveting read and a compelling contribution to contemporary debates. I devoured it in a single sitting. --Helen Hester, author of Xenofeminism Politically-engaged and rigorously self-reflective, Liu calls not just for the eradication of tech culture as we know it, but for the radical reinvention of innovation, work, and automation in the name of the collective interest. This is an assured debut which deserves to find a wide audience. -- Nick Srnicek, author of Platform Capitalism


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