The Little Black Book of Data and Democracy

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Byline Books, Mar 30, 2021 - Political Science - 147 pages
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How much data does Facebook really have on me? What is a cookie on the Internet? Is my Amazon Alexa listening to me? Why can’t I seem to stop scrolling endlessly down my Instagram feed? Did social media really help cause an attempted coup in the United States?

How did we go from short, 140-character tweets to attempted coups in less than two decades? How much data does Facebook really have on me? Is my Amazon Alexa listening to me? The Little Black Book of Data and Democracy demystifies these seemingly complex topics to help you understand how our very way of life is under threat and what you can do about it before it’s too late.

Powered by your personal data, social media has transformed our way of life, from how we get information, meet people and create increasingly siloed communities. This has had a profound impact on democratic society. Our shared reality – the way we collectively understand the world – has rapidly been replaced by conflicting micro-realities that are often fueled by conspiracy theories, lies and “fake news.” This has been driven by a business model that supposedly gives us everything for free. All we have to do is give up our personal data and privacy. If you aren’t paying for the product, then you are the product.


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Based in London, United Kingdom, Kyle Taylor is the founder and director ofáThe Fair Vote Project, which he set up in the wake of whistleblower allegations relating to global data misappropriation and law-breaking in the EUáReferendum. The Fair Vote Project is focused on lasting reform, campaigningáfor fundamental changes to the Electoral Commission and a Digital Bill ofáRights for Democracy. He also works across a range of progressive political, cause-based and socialáenterprise projects through his Social Enterprise: Overton Group, with aáparticular specialisation in Millennial and Gen Z engagement.

Previously, Kyle was the national campaign strategist for Best for Britain, oneáof the UK’s largest second referendum organisations. He has alsoácampaigned for a binding government-sanctioned NHS and care convention,áworked on a migrant rights campaign in the Middle East and regularlyásupports an international education charity across a range of areas. He co-managed the coordinated campaign for Hillary Clinton in NortháCarolina and in 2015 finished a four-year post as the Chief of Staff andáCampaigns Director to the former Minister of State for Justice, Sir SimonáHughes.

Kyle has lived on four continents and travelled and worked in over 100ácountries. He also enjoys taking on immense physical challenges to raiseámoney for charity. He has run the London marathon, swam an opener waterámarathon in the English channel, trekked to Everest Base Camp andásummited Mount Kilimanjaro twice, personally raising over ú30,000 for multiple charities.á

Kyle was a Presidential Scholar at The American University and graduatedáSumma cum Laude in 2006 with two bachelor’s degrees. While there heáserved as Student Government President and was selected to be studentácommencement speaker. He gained a Master’s Degree with distinction in International Politics and Communication from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2009.

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