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Don’t Be Evil: How Big Tech Betrayed Its Founding Principles—and All of Us
Don’t Be Evil: How Big Tech Betrayed Its Founding Principles—and All of Us
By Rana Foroohar
368 pp, Currency, 2019
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Foroohar, a business journalist and associate editor at the Financial Times, launches a trenchant critique of the world’s largest technology firms, including Google and its parent company, Alphabet. The book’s title borrows the original motto of Google—now belied by its actual behavior, in the author’s view. Foroohar writes in an easy-to-read journalistic style, citing many speeches and interviews with numerous tech titans. She suggests a variety of ways to rein in the technology giants, including breaking up the firms (or at least limiting their growth), making clear that individuals (and not companies) own their personal data, and ensuring that highly profitable technology firms are properly taxed, mainly by closing egregious loopholes brought about and preserved by political lobbying.