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Cyber-Proletariat : global labour in the digital vortex / Nick Dyer-Witheford.

By: Dyer-Witheford, Nick, 1951- [author.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks; Digital Barricades: Interventions in Digital Culture and Politics.Publisher: London, England ; Toronto : Pluto Press : Between the Lines, 2015Copyright date: ©2015Description: 1 online resource (248 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781783712786; 1783712783.Subject(s): Information society | Information technology -- Social aspects | Electronic industry workers -- Social conditions | Digital divide | Computers -- Social aspectsGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Cyber-Proletariat : global labour in the digital vortex.DDC classification: 303.48/33 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Proletariat -- Vortex -- Cybernetic -- Silicon -- Circulation -- Mobile -- Globe -- Cascade -- Aftermath -- Front.
Review: "This book examines how technology facilitates growing polarisation between wealthy elites and precarious workers. Nick Dyer-Witheford reveals the class domination behind everything from expanding online surveillance to intensifying robotisation. At the same time, he explores the possibilities that information technology offers within radical movements, recasting contemporary struggles in the blue glow of the computer screen."
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 206-235) and index.

Proletariat -- Vortex -- Cybernetic -- Silicon -- Circulation -- Mobile -- Globe -- Cascade -- Aftermath -- Front.

"This book examines how technology facilitates growing polarisation between wealthy elites and precarious workers. Nick Dyer-Witheford reveals the class domination behind everything from expanding online surveillance to intensifying robotisation. At the same time, he explores the possibilities that information technology offers within radical movements, recasting contemporary struggles in the blue glow of the computer screen."

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This welcome follow-up to Dyer-Witheford's Cyber-Marx: Cycles and Circuits of Struggle in High-Technology Capitalism (CH, May'00, 37-5198) begins with a press release from the Hong Kong-based venture capital fund Deep Knowledge Ventures (DKV) announcing that VITAL (Validating Investment Tool for Advancing Life Sciences)--an artificial-intelligence instrument DKV developed for investment decision making--had been appointed as an equal member of its board of directors. Various workers build the algorithms of VITAL and the chips that power those algorithms. Some of these workers are skilled, well-paid technicians; others produce chips for little money and under difficult and/or dangerous working conditions. The technology that can improve the quality of life (in the form of communication, information, or entertainment) can undermine quality of life by displacing workers, perhaps even members of corporate boards. The precarious nature of employment imposes serious stress on workers and their families. Offering numerous examples of the disruptive nature of the world of information technology--which Dyer-Witheford (information and media studies, Univ. of Western Ontario, Canada) describes as a turbulent vortex--this accessible, well-written book makes for fascinating reading. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. --Michael Perelman, California State University, Chico

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