2020 Political Writing Book prize short list

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

Shoshana Zuboff

Published by: Profile

Shoshana Zuboff has been called ‘the true prophet of the information age’ by the Financial Times for her ground-breaking book, In the Age of the Smart Machine. She is now the Charles Edward Wilson Professor Emerita at Harvard Business School as well as Faculty Associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. In 2006, strategy+business magazine named her one of the eleven most original business thinkers in the world.

The judges say:

Only rarely does a book come along that reflects and shapes a profound change in thinking about modern life: this is one of them. Zuboff's mighty study – carefully researched over years, but also aphoristic – tells the story of how we all unwittingly gave up freedoms and handed vast power to the profit-oriented tech corporations that now dominate our lives.