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Future Histories: What Ada Lovelace, Tom Paine, and the Paris Commune Can Teach Us About Digital Technology

O'Shea, L. (2019). Future Histories: What Ada Lovelace, Tom Paine, and the Paris Commune Can Teach Us About Digital Technology. Verso Books.


Verso Books, 2019.

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fulsome »
(adjective) characterized by abundance; copious /…
p.59
valence »
(chemistry) the combining power of an element
p.49
anodyne »
(noun) a painkilling drug or medicine
p.32
writ large »
clear and obvious, in a stark or exaggerated form
p.1
paterfamilias »
(noun) the male head of a household / (noun) the …
p.251
collaboration is essential
However, for non-­creative goods, like research o…
p.205
data companies as information fiduciaries
We should consider resetting the legal nature of …
p.203
privacy as a right to self-­determination
A better way to understand what we mean when we t…
p.188
transforming gig enterprises into worker cooperat…
We are already moving into a world where work can…
p.179
automation under our current system
Automation under our current system—where retrain…

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1. We Need a Usable Past for a Democratic Future
A Spanish Prince’s Automaton and an American Novelist’s Living History

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We Need a Usable Past for a Democratic Future
A Spanish Prince’s Automaton and an American Novelist’s Living History

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2. An Internet Built around Consumption Is a Bad Place to Live
Cityscapes, as Imagined by Sigmund Freud and Jane Jacobs

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An Internet Built around Consumption Is a Bad Place to Live
Cityscapes, as Imagined by Sigmund Freud and Jane Jacobs

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3. Digital Surveillance Cannot Make Us Safe
Policing Bodies and Time on London’s Docks

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Digital Surveillance Cannot Make Us Safe
Policing Bodies and Time on London’s Docks

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4. Technology Is as Biased as Its Makers
Exploding Cars, Racist Algorithms, and Design Beholden to the Bottom Line

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Technology Is as Biased as Its Makers
Exploding Cars, Racist Algorithms, and Design Beholden to the Bottom Line

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5. Technological Utopianism Is Dangerous
The Tech Billionaires Have Nothing on the Paris Commune

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Technological Utopianism Is Dangerous
The Tech Billionaires Have Nothing on the Paris Commune

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6. Collaborative Work Is Liberating and Effective
Poetical Philosophy, from Lovelace to Linux

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Collaborative Work Is Liberating and Effective
Poetical Philosophy, from Lovelace to Linux

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7. Digital Citizenship Is a Collective Endeavor
Tom Paine’s Revolutionary Idea of Public Participation

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Digital Citizenship Is a Collective Endeavor
Tom Paine’s Revolutionary Idea of Public Participation

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8. Automation Can Mean Less Work and More Living
Downing Tools So We Can Build Robots to Eat the Rich

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Automation Can Mean Less Work and More Living
Downing Tools So We Can Build Robots to Eat the Rich

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We Need Digital Self-Determination, Not Just Privacy
Frantz Fanon Theorizes Freedom

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10. The Digital World Is an Environment That Needs to Be Cared For
Ancient Forms of Governance Hold Relevance for Modern Infrastructure

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The Digital World Is an Environment That Needs to Be Cared For
Ancient Forms of Governance Hold Relevance for Modern Infrastructure

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11. Protect the Digital Commons!
Socialize the Cows

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Protect the Digital Commons!
Socialize the Cows

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Conclusion: History Is for the Future
Another World Is on Its Way

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Conclusion: History Is for the Future
Another World Is on Its Way

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