First, I laboured through Jaron Lanier's "Who owns the future".
- An OK read but very wordy an a bit lacking in detailed solutions.
- Core idea: Various "Siren Servers" (Google, Facebook, Finance etc) are collecting and selling user-generated data to make money without appropriate compensation. They also have unfair advantage due to technology and secrecy. This leads to squeezing of the middle class and other problems.
- Solution: Pay generators of content instead of offering "free" services. Design new system architectures that promote proper attribution with economic tie-ins. I have no idea how this can be implemented or where one would start given current economic inertia and technical challenges.
Also finished "The Infinite Resource" +Ramez Naam.
- Highly recommended for those looking for an uplifting read without actual proposals and solutions.
- Great balance of optimism and pragmatism about the future of the human race.
- The style of writing also makes it a quick read as it is quite concise.
Finally, I managed to squeeze in "Cypherpunks" by Julian Assange et al.
Not really worth it if you have seen the Youtube conversation as it is just a more detailed transcript + footnotes.
The Julian Assange Show: Cypherpunks Uncut (p.1)The Julian Assange Show: Cypherpunks Uncut (p.2)
Next up, I will be going through Kevin Mitnick's "Ghost in the Wires". Cant' wait!