Real Fiction Radio Broadcast: October 6, 2021 Noon ET WERA (96.7 FM) Streaming- wera.fm
Michael Kwet is a Visiting Fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School and received his PhD from Rhodes University in South Africa. He is the author of Digital colonialism: US empire and the new imperialism in the Global South (Race & Class), People's Tech for People's Power (Right2Know), and the host of the Tech Empire Podcast (Soundcloud / iTunes). He is editor of the forthcoming volume, The Cambridge Handbook of Race and Surveillance, due out in 2022 on Cambridge University Press.
Michael's work covers a variety of topics, from digital colonialism and surveillance technologies to education technology and how tech intersects with the environment. He has published in popular outlets like The New York Times, Al Jazeera, VICE News, The Intercept, Mail & Guardian, Wired, and Counterpunch.
Some recommended works include:
Digital colonialism: The evolution of American empire (ROAR) https://tinyurl.com/5cmwz7vt
ShadowDragon: Inside the Social Media Surveillance Software That Can Watch Your Every Move (The Intercept) https://tinyurl.com/xv7t3255
The Microsoft Police State: Mass Surveillance, Facial Recognition, and the Azure Cloud (The Intercept) https://tinyurl.com/34jucv6v
A Digital Tech Deal to Break Up Big Tech (Al Jazeera) https://tinyurl.com/p4t26ztx
Fixing Social Media: Toward a Democratic Digital Commons (MGDR) https://tinyurl.com/34tx5xye
Smart CCTV Networks Are Driving an AI-Powered Apartheid in South Africa (VICE News) https://tinyurl.com/ya5p9nuv
Michael is also a founder of the People's Tech Campaign to end digital colonialism with others across the world (website coming soon), and a member of the Yale Endowment Justice Coalition.