Critical perspectives on technology: resources

Last updated: August 6, 2018.

A wide-ranging list of resources for those interested in a more critical understanding of the technology industry, grounded in a recognition of its economic, social and political context.

This was initially compiled as a companion to the March 2018 issue of Notes From Below, called Technology and The Worker, which I co-curated. That issue contains some excellent pieces at the intersection of technology and class composition, most of which aren’t listed here, and I would highly recommend taking a look.

There’s a lot here, with resources in a variety of formats (books, articles, podcasts, communities, individuals), and I suggest you bookmark this page and use it as a reference if you’re interested in this topic. If you think something should be added to this list, get in touch.


Communities

Publications

Podcasts

People to follow on Twitter

(not an exhaustive list, obviously; take a look at the people I follow for a much longer list of suggestions)

Books

First-person accounts

Third-person accounts

The economics of the industry

Critical takes

Less critical takes

Very uncritical takes

Read them to understand the enemy, esssentially.

Articles/essays

First-person accounts

On ideology

The economics of the tech industry

On venture capital

The gig economy

On why we need fully automated luxury communism

On worker power within the industry

On open source

On accelerationism

On cryptocurrency

On Cambridge Analytica