Nick Dyer-Witheford has been awarded the Gertrude J. Robinson book prize for Cyber-Proletariat: Global Labour in the Digital Vortex. The Robinson Book Prize is given by Canadian Communication Association and “is named in honour of the many contributions of Professor Gertrude J. Robinson to the discipline of communication in Canada and around the world. It was initiated by Professor David Taras, President of the Canadian Communication Association in 1998-1999. Nominees for the Robinson Book Prize must have published a monograph in the previous calendar year, and be a member of the Canadian Communication Association.”
In Cyber Proletariat Dyer-Witheford argues that the utopian promise of the internet, much talked about even a few years ago, has given way to brutal realities: coltan mines in the Congo, electronics factories in China, devastated neighborhoods in Detroit. Cyber-Proletariat shows us the dark-side of the information revolution through an unsparing analysis of class power and computerization. Dyer-Witheford investigates how technology facilitates growing polarization between wealthy elites and precarious workers. He reveals the class domination behind everything from expanding online surveillance to intensifying robotization. At the same time, he looks at possibilities for information technology within radical movements.
Posted June 2nd, 2016