October Reader’s Corner

For our October Reader’s Corner, we’re highlighting some great publications by world experts in: the Future of Technology, Economics and Cybercrime.

These picks are chosen monthly from our global network of experts who inspire audiences on a worldwide scale, providing a deeper look into their brilliance and insights.

October’s must-reads:

Technofeudalism: What Killed Capitalism by Yanis Varoufakis. The world-famous economist opens our eyes to the new force that is reshaping our lives and the world – capitalism is dead and a new economic era has begun.

The Lazarus Heist by Geoff White. The award-winning journalist tells an incredible story of cyber-espionage involving some of the world’s biggest political powers. In this staggering, global investigation, one of the best tech journalists in the world examines how The Lazarus Group’s tactics have been used to threaten democracies, gag North Korea’s critics and destabilize global peace.

Digital Empires: Inside the Global Battle to Regulate Technology by Anu Bradford. In this read, the Columbia Law professor examines the conflict of competing regulatory bodies and how that will shape technology, and the world, in the decades to come.

Yanis Varoufakis

Yanis Varoufakis

Technofeudalism: What Killed Capitalism

In his latest book, bestselling author Yanis Varoufakis argues that it is no longer global financial systems that shape us, rather the ‘fiefdoms of tech firms’ hold all the power.

The former Greek Finance Minister has released a well-thought out and controversial take on the state of the world right now. Rooted in a historical account of how capitalism came into being, Varoufakis explains how the world is now grappling with an unprecedented shift into a new economic system and political power.

Yanis Varoufakis is an economist, political leader and the author of numerous bestselling books, including; Talking to My Daughter: A Brief History of Capitalism.

Arresting … an ambitious thinker and a lively writer … Varoufakis is right that we are in thrall to digital platforms, who hold our data hostage and prevent us from switching to “a competing cloud fief”.
- The Times
An important new book ... that describes what is happening in terms of an epochal, once-in-a-millennium shift … in Varoufakis's telling, this isn't just new technology. This is the world grappling with an entirely new economic system and therefore political power.
- Carole Cadwalladr ― Observer
What an amazing piece of work this is. Ground-breaking, thought-provoking and highly accessible. Everyone should read it. This is where we’re going. The dark, scary, exciting song of our age. 100 out of 100.
- Irvine Welsh
Geoff White

Geoff White

The Lazarus Heist

This incredible exposé examines how a shady group of hackers formed one of the most dangerous criminal enterprises on the planet, having stolen more than $1bn in an international crime spree.

Investigative journalist, Geoff White, takes the reader on a journey from the splendour of Hollywood to the busy streets of Dhaka, the glittering casinos of Macau to the blinking lights of the UK’s National Health Service.

The most shocking part – they’ve been accused of working on behalf of the North Korean state. Targets have included banks, film studios, casinos and even health services. North Korea vehemently denies the accusations, saying the allegations are American attempts to tarnish its image.

This unbelievable true story uncovers the secret world of the Lazarus Group, their victims and the people who have tried – and so far failed – to stop them.

A riveting investigation reveals a world of shadowy criminals, sophisticated hacks and bungled schemes.
- Financial Times
A pacey insight into the cutting edge of modern crime and an equally fascinating portrait of life inside North Korea.
- The Economist
Pacy and eye-popping. It's chilling to read how easily dictators blessed with talented hackers can now terrorise democracies.
- Tom Burgis ― author of Kleptopia
Anu Bradford

Anu Bradford

Digital Empires: The Global Battle to Regulate Technology

Anu Bradford explores ideological origins, societal implications and the relative global influence of three contrasting regulatory approaches toward the digital economy in this book.

The Columbia Law School professor explores a rivalry that will shape the world in the decades to come. All three regimes are racing to regulate tech companies, with each advancing a competing vision for the digital economy while attempting to expand its sphere of influence in the digital world.

The models are: the American market-driven model, the Chinese state-driven model, and the European rights-driven model.

The book lays bare the choices we face as societies and individuals, explains the forces that shape those choices, and spells out the stakes involved in making them.

Are we, as humans, going to control the technology or is the technology and its providers going to control us?

Anu Bradford provides a holistic and balanced view of the three competing regulatory systems at the intersection of technology and society. Digital Empires is a must read for anyone seeking to understand what's at stake in developing a practical regulatory framework that serves the needs of people everywhere.
- Brad Smith, Vice Chair and President of Microsoft
Anu Bradford's Digital Empires is an essential read for anyone who wants to understand the regulatory choices confronting governments that seek to reign in big tech. The US, China and Europe have chosen different paths, and Bradford carefully breaks down the legal and political contexts of each. Bradford's voice is clear and reasonable and this book is a tour de force.
- Joseph E. Stiglitz, Nobel laureate 2001 in economics
It is easy to forget that the future of the big tech is not just the question of what Europe, China or the U.S. will do, but how it all comes together. Anu Bradford offers the single best approach to understanding these interactions to make sense of an otherwise bewildering present and future.
- Tim Wu, Special Assistant to President Biden for Technology and Competition Policy, 2021-2023

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