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“Surveillance Capitalism Meets The Coronavirus Shock Doctrine"

The Intercept Presents “Surveillance Capitalism Meets The Coronavirus Shock Doctrine,” A Live Discussion on Thursday, May 28 (4 p.m. ET) with Naomi Klein, Shoshana Zuboff and Host Mehdi Hasan
 
New York, NY – May 21, 2020 – On Thursday, May 28, Intercept senior columnist Mehdi Hasan will host a live video discussion with Intercept senior correspondent Naomi Klein (“The Shock Doctrine" and "On Fire: The Burning Case for A Green New Deal") and Shoshana Zuboff (“The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power,”), the Charles Edward Wilson Professor Emerita at Harvard Business School. 
 
This virtual live event will focus on the dangers of surveillance capitalism in the post-coronavirus world and will address some of the ways we can use this moment of crisis to generate positive and collective change. 
 
Viewers from all over the world will be able to watch “Surveillance Capitalism Meets the Coronavirus Shock Doctrine” at The Intercept’s website –– or via the site’s official YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook social media accounts. The event is free.
 
How can we emerge from the pandemic without handing our lives over to Big Tech?Just as the public began to become aware of the powers and abuses of large technology companies, the coronavirus pandemic seems to have created a state of exception that increasingly points to a future where “our every move, our every word, our every relationship” can – and for some, should – be trackable, traceable, and data-mineable. But is this future inevitable? Who profits from –– and owns –– this data? 
 
“We’re not necessarily locked into this deterministic narrative that too many pundits are hocking and the tech companies are salivating over — that post-Covid we’re going to have comprehensive biosurveillance of all of society,” says Shoshana Zuboff, author of “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism.” “People are worried. People are asking questions.”
 
Who: Naomi Klein, Shoshana Zuboff, and host Mehdi Hasan
When: Thursday, May 28, 2020
Time: 4 p.m. ET
 
BIOS: 
 
Naomi Klein:
Naomi Klein is a senior correspondent at The Intercept and the inaugural Gloria Steinem endowed chair of media, culture and feminist studies at Rutgers University. She is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, most recently of "On Fire: The Burning Case for A Green New Deal." She has also written "The Battle for Paradise," "No Is Not Enough," "This Changes Everything," "The Shock Doctrine," and "No Logo.
 
Shoshana Zuboff: 
Shoshana Zuboff is the author of three books, each of which signaled the start of a new epoch in technological society. Now her masterwork, “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power,” synthesizes years of research and thinking in order to reveal a world in which technology users are neither customers, employees, nor products. Instead they are the raw material for new procedures of manufacturing and sales that define an entirely new economic order: a surveillance economy. She is the Charles Edward Wilson Professor Emerita at Harvard Business School and a former Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School.
 
Mehdi Hasan
Mehdi Hasan is a senior columnist at The Intercept. He is the host of The Intercept podcast Deconstructed. Hasan is also the host of Al Jazeera English’s “UpFront.” He has interviewed, among others, Edward Snowden, Hamid Karzai, Ehud Olmert, and Gen. Michael Flynn. He is also the author of two books — a biography of former U.K. Labor Party leader Ed Miliband and an e-book on the financial crisis and austerity economics. He is based in Washington, D.C.
 
About The Intercept:
The Intercept is an award-winning nonprofit news organization dedicated to holding the powerful accountable through fearless, adversarial journalism. Its in-depth investigations and unflinching analysis focus on surveillance, war, corruption, the environment, technology, criminal justice, the media and more.

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