Saturday, February 27, 2021

Don't Be Evil: How Big Tech Betrayed Its Founding Principles -- and All of Us By: Rana Foroohar

 Very interesting book about "Big Tech" and how they are harming the country and more importantly, the citizens.  Aylin Foroohar is an American business columnist and an associate editor at the Financial Times. She is also CNN's global economic analyst.  This book was published in November of 2019 so she missed even more egregious "Big Tech" overreach during the 2020 Election and even worse yet, what has happened AFTER the election.

Although Foroohar speaks about the $300K Russians spent to sway the 2016 election, she missed the amount of money spent by the leftists to beat Trump in 2020 even though they pushed a feeble man that as of today, is a laughingstock all over the world.  God bless Biden.  I hope he lives a long life. However, this man's administration released a statement saying that Biden "calls a lid" at 7:00PM.  This is insane.  I am in Information Security.  I can tell you without a doubt that I am on call ALL THE TIME.  I do not get to bed until 1:00AM regularly.  The fact that a man that is running the country is going to sleep at 7:00PM is disturbing.  

What we have seen during this COVID pandemic that the big tech companies have enriched themselves and have become literally more powerful than our own government was.... which was too powerful for my  liking.  And it seems there is no one willing to take them on.  The Democrats were suppose to be the ones looking to break them up and as it turns out, as long as big tech is funding their party, they are more that eager to turn a blind eye.  I think there is enough content just since before the 2020 elections to write two more books.  

I do not necessarily agree with all of her suggestions to "fix" the issue we face today, but to be honest, I would like to see action.  I have gotten off of most social media platforms save for LinkedIn, Instagram and Parler.  I have closed all my Twitter accounts, I have closed all my Facebook accounts, I have stopped purchasing Nike, Coca Cola, stopped 90% of my Amazon purchases, cancel Netflix, Disney+ & Hulu.  My new way of approaching this cancel culture and big tech dictatorship is to purchase and support everyone that gets canceled (e.g. and stop watching movies of useful idiots that "pretend" for a living, and companies like Coca Cola that have a prejudice for ANYONE based on the color of their skin.  I think it today, and did forever that discriminating against Black people was wrong.  I feel equally strong about what is happening to White people.  It is not the color that bothers me, rather the act. 

I found it amazing that these tech giants do not allow THEIR children to be on the very platforms they have developed.  It is telling.  We should be compensated for the value of our data and be given the opportunity to opt-out of the selling of our data.  I would rather pay a premium to use a service so long as they do not collect or sell my data.  With the amount of data being collected on us these days, I cannot imagine folks running for President 30 years from now and these tech giants having enough info on them to derail any candidate looking to run.  They are way too powerful and need to be stopped.  Ironic coming from someone using a book purchased on Amazon, on a server run in AWS and a mirror to be posted on a company purchased by Amazon, but nonetheless, these companies need to be reined in and fast.  

Great book, I recommend it. 

Publisher : Currency (November 5, 2019)
Language : English
Hardcover : 368 pages
ISBN-10 : 1984823981
ISBN-13 : 978-1984823984
Item Weight : 1.3 pounds
Dimensions : 6.31 x 1.28 x 9.52 inches

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