Mark Andrejevic, Neil Selwyn: Facial Recognition (2022)

From the book description: “In this timely book, Neil Selwyn and Mark Andrejevic provide a critical introduction to facial recognition. Outlining its complex social history and future technical forms, as well as its conceptual and technical underpinnings, the book considers the arguments being advanced for the continued uptake of facial recognition. In assessing these developments,…

Orly Lobel: The Equality Machine: Harnessing Digital Technology for a Brighter, More Inclusive Future (2022)

From Science Magazine: “A masterful analysis…Lobel expertly describes both the opportunities and the discrimination engendered by new technologies, particularly Artificial Intelligence (AI).” From Kirkus: “Enthusiastic yet measured argument for technology’s potential to promote equality across many facets of culture and industry.” From Daniel Solove: “[A}n exuberant and insightful account of the bright side of AI and related…

Amy Gajda: Seek and Hide: The Tangled History of the Right to Privacy (2022)

From The New York Times: “Wry and fascinating…Gajda is a nimble storyteller [and] an insightful guide to a rich and textured history that gets easily caricatured, especially when a culture war is raging.” From The Atlantic: “Gajda’s chronicle reveals an enduring tension between principles of free speech and respect for individuals’ private lives. But it also throws into sharp…

Amy B. Zegart: Spies, Lies, and Algortihms: The History and Future of American Intelligence (2022)

From Dina Temple-Raston, Washington Post: “Zegart provides not just a sweeping history of the U.S. intelligence community but also nuggets that help place events in a new context. . . . A perfect primer for anyone trying to understand how the intelligence community is meeting the challenges of the digital age.” From Harvey Klehr, Wall Street Journal:  “A lucid…

Josh Chin, Liza Lin: Surveillance State: Inside China’s Quest to Launch a New Era of Social Control (2022)

From Evan Osnos, The New Yorker: “A truly groundbreaking investigation . . . The global scope and deep detail of [Chin and Lin’s] account retires the notion of an ‘all-seeing’ surveillance as some future scenario; it is happening already. They will open your eyes to the astonishing intersection of data, politics, and the human body. Anyone who cares…