Exponential View with Azeem Azhar

How will the future unfold? What is the impact of technology on business & society? As technology reorders the world in which live, who will be the winners and who will be the losers? Join Azeem Azhar, curator of the Exponential View newsletter, in deep conversation with the world's leading thinkers and practitioners exploring these and other important questions. The views expressed on this podcast are those of its hosts, guests, and callers, and not those of Harvard Business Review.



episode 5: Should We End the Data Economy?

Google and Facebook became multibillion-dollar juggernauts by stockpiling data and using it to sell advertising. Governments can now track their citizens en masse. Where will this “surveillance capitalism” lead?

Dr. Carissa Véliz from the Institute for Ethics in AI at the University of Oxford joins Azeem Azhar to consider what’s wrong with the data economy, and to explore her bold proposals for ending it.

They also discuss:

  • Why Google’s founders were initially opposed to selling ads.
  • Why privacy legislation stalled after 9/11.
  • How personalized content fractures the public sphere.
  • How the Nazis used population data to identify victims.
  • Why we should ban trading in personal data.

Further reading:

  • “Surveillance Capitalism with Shoshana Zuboff” (Exponential View podcast, 2019)
  • “Privacy matters because it empowers us all” (Aeon, 2020)
  • “Digital privacy — can we reclaim it?” (Financial Times, 2020)
  • “You’ve heard of tax havens. After Brexit, the UK could become a ‘data haven’” (The Guardian, 2020)


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