Abolish Silicon Valley: How to Liberate Technology from Capitalism

Abolish Silicon Valley: How to Liberate Technology from Capitalism

Former insider turned critic Wendy Liu busts the myths of the tech industry, and offers a galvanising argument for why and how we must reclaim technology's potential for the public good.

Innovation. Meritocracy. The possibility of overnight success. What's not to love about Silicon Valley?

These days, it's hard to be unambiguously optimistic about the growth-at-all-costs ethos of the tech industry. Public opinion is souring in the wake of revelations about Cambridge Analytica, Theranos, and the workplace conditions of Amazon warehouse workers or Uber. We're starting to see the cracks in the edifice, as we realise that the wealth that the tech industry is so good at creating is neither sustainable nor always desirable.

Abolish Silicon Valley is both a heartfelt personal story about the wasteful inequality and unsubstantiated lies of Silicon Valley, and a rallying call to engage in the radical politics needed to upend the status quo. Going beyond the idiosyncrasies of the individual founders and companies that characterise the industry today, Liu delves into the structural factors of the economy that led to Silicon Valley in its current form, and links them to the economy at large. Ultimately, she proposes a more radical way of developing technology, where innovation is conducted for the benefit of society at large, and not merely to enrich a select few.

Title:Abolish Silicon Valley: How to Liberate Technology from Capitalism
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781912248704
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    Abolish Silicon Valley: How to Liberate Technology from Capitalism Reviews

  • Allison

    Review also posted on Medium.You Can’t Abolish Silicon Valley by Appropriating ActivismLet’s start with the book’s title. I take issue with both the title and subtitle.First, with Liu’s approp...

  • Jessica Dai

    As Liu writes, this is not a 12-step program. Instead, it's a deeply personal memoir of her journey deep into silicon valley / tech startup culture, and her growing disillusionment with not just her s...

  • Morgane

    So much of this resonated with me. The experience of studying computer science in school as a young woman determined not to be like "other girls"; the excitement then quick disillusionment of working ...

  • Julie

    The parts of this book that caught my attention were Liu's own experience with being a CS major and how her views have changed over the years...I read this at a strange time where I've been thinking a...

  • rosa guac

    "This book is meant for those whose belief has started to evaporate, and who are now thirsting for a narrative that speaks to their disillusionment. I write for those who are currently not in power, i...

  • Rebekah Mercer

    This book isn't what I expected, and in a chapter near the end the author admits they 'only somewhat jokingly' are calling for the abolition of Silicon Valley ... I was expecting no joking at all! I t...

  • Yxas

    This is a biographical account that reads like a bildungsroman: it details the author's journey from precocious coder to Google intern, to co-founder to someone somewhat facetiously calling for the ab...

  • Sara

    Needs an editor and a directionThis book was all over the place and needs to be fact checkedNancy Pelosi is not a Senator!!! My goodness....

  • Adora

    I found this memoir to be compelling and, admittedly ideologically predisposed to do so, agreed wholeheartedly with the vast majority of Abolish Silicon Valley's conclusions. It's a good addition to t...

  • Jade

    This was really two kind of crappy books smooshed together into one incoherent mess. The first part is the poorly written memoir of an insufferable brat, and the second a poorly thought out manifesto....