New Books Network

Margaret Heffernan, “Uncharted: How to Map and Navigate the Future Together” (Simon and Schuster, 2020)
Today I spoke with Dr Margaret Heffernan about her latest book, Uncharted: How to Map and Navigate the Future Together (Simon and Schuster, 2020). Margaret produced programmes for the BBC for 13 years. She then moved to the US where she became a businesswomen. She is the author of six... Read More
Anthony Hodgson, “Systems Thinking for a Turbulent World: A Search for New Perspectives” (Routledge, 2020)
In the view of Anthony Hodgson, fragmentation of local and global societies is escalating, and this is aggravating vicious cycles. To heal the rifts, Hodgson believes we need to reintroduce the human element into our understandings – whether the context is civic or scientific – and strengthen truth-seeking in decision-making;... Read More
Jon Lindsay, “Information Technology and Military Power” (Cornell UP, 2020)
Many assume that information technology will one day clear away the “fog of war.” But as Jon Lindsay shows in Information Technology and Military Power (Cornell UP, 2020), the digitization of warfare can also increase confusion and misunderstanding. To understand why, it is important to understand the micro-foundations of military... Read More
Angèle Christin, “Metrics at Work: Journalism and the Contested Meaning of Algorithms” (Princeton UP, 2020)
How are algorithms changing journalism? In Metrics at Work: Journalism and the Contested Meaning of Algorithms (Princeton University Press), Angèle Christin, an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Stanford University, explores the impact of metrics and analytics on the newsrooms of New York and Paris. Using an ethnography of... Read More
J. Kim and E. Maloney, “Learning Innovation and the Future of Higher Education and The Low-Density University” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2020)
Despite stereotypes of colleges and universities still stuck in the age of the blackboard and sage-on-stage lectures, a quiet revolution has been taking place on America’s campuses led by a diverse group of learning innovators.  Digital technology is one catalyst for this “turn to learning,” but professionals leading the charge... Read More
T. Fischer and C.M. Herr, “Design Cybernetics: Navigating the New” (Springer, 2019)
Those who have followed this podcast in the past, and those who follow developments in cybernetics in the present, will be no strangers to the name Ranulph Glanville. This brilliant, multiple-PhD holding polymath who co-mingled cybernetics with ethics, pedagogy, and, above all, design, has, through his voluminous body of ground-breaking... Read More
C. Besteman and H. Gusterson, “Life by Algorithms: How Roboprocesses Are Remaking Our World” (U Chicago Press, 2019)
How can we understand computerization as a social process? Life by Algorithms: How Roboprocesses Are Remaking Our World (University of Chicago Press, 2019) is a timely and welcome edited volume in which a set of interdisciplinary contributors explore how people make automated processes work, and how these systems reciprocally transform... Read More
Katie Day Good, “Bring the World to the Child: Technologies of Global Citizenship in American Education” (MIT Press, 2020)
Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, boosters of digital educational technologies emphasized that these platforms are vital tools for cultivating global citizenship, connecting students across borders, and creating a participatory learning environment. In Bring the World to the Child: Technologies of Global Citizenship in American Education (MIT Press), Katie Day Good... Read More
Nadia Eghbal, “Working in Public: The Making and Maintenance of Open Source Software” (Stripe Press, 2020)
Open source is the once-radical idea that code should be freely available to everyone. Open-source software was once an optimistic model for public collaboration, but is now a near-universal standard. But most open-source code is not developed by big teams or equitable collaborations; it’s maintained by unseen individuals who work... Read More
Tanya Kant, “Making it Personal: Algorithmic Personalization, Identity, and Everyday Life” (Oxford UP, 2020)
How are algorithms shaping our experience of the internet? In Making it Personal: Algorithmic Personalization, Identity, and Everyday Life (Oxford University Press), Tanya Kant, a lecturer in Media And Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex interrogates the rise of algorithmic personalization, in the context of an internet dominated by... Read More