This blog has been somewhat idle as I have been working on book that is now scheduled to be published in August of 2023. Entitled Containing Big Tech: How to Protect Our Civil Rights, Economy, and Democracy, it will published by Fast Company Press. It provides a path forward to rein in online surveillance, AI, and tech monopolies.
A more detail description of the book from my publisher is the following:
Technology is a gift and a curse. The five big tech companies—Meta, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google—have built innovative products that improve many aspects of our lives. But their intrusiveness and our dependence on them have created pressing threats to our civil rights, economy, and democracy.
Coming from an extensive background building Silicon Valley-based tech startups, Tom Kemp eloquently and precisely weaves together the threats posed by Big Tech:
- The overcollection and weaponization of our most sensitive data
- The problematic ways Big Tech uses AI to process and act upon our data
- The stifling of competition and entrepreneurship due to Big Tech’s dominant market positions
This richly detailed book exposes the consequences of Big Tech’s digital surveillance, exploitative use of AI, and monopolistic and anticompetitive practices. It offers actionable solutions to these problems and a clear path forward for individuals and policymakers to advocate for change. By containing the excesses of Big Tech, we will ensure our civil rights are respected and preserved, our economy is competitive, and our democracy is protected.
I am going to be building out a website for the book and will be providing more details as we get nearer to the August launch. Plus now that I got the bulk of my book writing behind me, will start to pick up the pace on blog posts leading up to the launch of the book.