Future Histories by Lizzie O Shea creatively connects the past and present to suggest how a better future can be ours if we want it Ms O Shea is an influential lawyer writer and broadcaster who is renowned for her expertise around human indigenous and digital rights Demonstrating how past struggles can offer wisdom in our time of crisis this outstanding book explains why the demand for digital democracy is integral to building a better worldEach of the book s eleven chapters are built around lessons learned from history Ms O Shea applies these lessons to challenges facing us today For example the American revolutionary Tom Paine s thoughts on common property might inspire us to demand digital citizenship rights Technology can make it possible for ordinary people to part. A highly engaging tour through progressive history in the service of emancipating our digital tomorrow When we talk about technology we always talk about tomorrow and the future which makes it hard to figure out how to even et there In Future Histories public interest lawyer and digital specialist Lizzie OShea argues that we need to stop looking forward and start looking backwards Weaving together histories of computing and progressive social movements with modern theories of the mind society and self OShea.
Ess alike Reaching across the fields of history antitrust law copyright artificial intelligence political philosophy and O Shea masterfully makes the case that we arrived exactly where we were aiming But it s in the second half of the book that O Shea really hits her stride There she uses historical examples about how collaboration socialization and public participation have successfully built happier and resilient communitiesWhile I m Rescuing Gus generally pessimistic about the future of human civilisation I did feel a sensation of optimismrowing as I learnt about the radical changes enacted by ordinary people like the Parisian Communards back in 1871 I strongly recommend if you too have been feeling rather hopeless about the state of the world and are wondering how to fight back. Rding our digital climate And how is Elon Musk not a future visionary but a steampunk throwback to Victorian era technological utopians In engaging sparkling prose OShea shows us how very human our understanding of technology is and how when we draw on the resources of the past we can see the potential for struggle for liberation for art and poetry in our technological present Future Histories is for all of us makers coders hacktivists Facebook users self styled Luddites who find ourselves in a brave new wor.
Icipate fully in the decisions that impact our daily livesThroughout the discussion Ms O Shea displays an extraordinary level of insight into issues historical technical and political Importantly Ms O Shea s unabashedly working class perspective effectively exposes the uselessness of those technology capitalists whose control of the technology has held back progress Reminding us that the Internet was built using public monies the author succeeds in opening readers minds to the possibility that technology can serve people rather than profit but only if we want itI highly recommend this exceptional timely and powerful book to everyone This book begins by explaining how human populations ended up becoming hopelessly commoditised and surveilled and overnments and Big busin. Constructs a usable past that can help us determine our digital future What she asks can the Paris Commune tell us about earlier experiments in sharing resources like the Internet in common How can Frantz Fanons theories of anti colonial self determination help us build digital world in which everyone can participate eually Can debates over eual digital access be helped by American revolutionary Tom Paines theories of democratic economic redistribution What can indigenous land struggles teach us about stewa.
Lizzie is a lawyer writer and broadcaster Her commentary is featured regularly on national television programs and radio and she is usually talking about law digital technology corporate responsibility or human rights In print her writing has appeared in the New York Times Guardian and Sydney Morning Herald among othersLizzie is a founder and board member of Digital Rights Watch which advocates for human rights online She also sits on the board of the National Justice Project Blueprint for Free Speech and the Alliance for Gambling Reform She has worked on numerous public interest cases as a lawyer representing activists refugees reproductive right advocates and Aboriginal people fighting for their rights In 2019 she was recognised as an Access Now Human Rights Hero in 2019