Humane Technology reading lists



Strongly recommend Algorithms of Oppression by Safiya Noble.

&Check out the buzz on Twitter–fascinating back and forth between those who feel tech has no politics and those who do…

Also recommend
Paul Dourish The Stuff of Bits

Tarleton Gillespie
Langdon Winner


This link was shared to me by the team at - who are developing a Google-less Android version…

The amount of data any Android device is collecting at any time is astounding :frowning:


These two articles have been extremely helpful to me ask I have delved deeper into this conversation. Tom Chatfield approaches this from a philosophical angle.

I’ve found these books really fascinating and would recommend them highly.

Turkle, Sherry. Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age. New York: Penguin Press, 2015.

Simanowski, Roberto. Data Love: The Seduction and Betrayal of Digital Technologies. New York: Columbia University Press, 2016.

Verbeek, Peter-Paul. Moralizing Technology: Understanding and Designing the Morality of Things. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2011.

Verbeek is one my favourite authors on the philosophy of technology.


Langdon Winner is brilliant. In this article he famously critiques racist bridges as a form of technological bias.


For an older look at another “humane tech” movement, I would recommend Small is Beautiful by E.F. Schumacher.


For a more archival space to publish and organize readings, try the Time Well Spent wiki:


There’s a lot of short stories by George Saunders that work here. Pleased to see his work mentioned here.


Hi all,
there are so many books to choose from but here are some of my favourites that are align with this subject:

Postdigital Aesthetics: Art, Computation and Design - David M. Berry & Michael Dieter

The Bright Labyrinth: Sex, Dead and Design in the Digital Regime - Ken Hollings

Nature’s Due: Healing our Fragmented Culture - Brian Goodwin

Soil : Soul : Society - A New Trinity for our Time - Satish Kumar

Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked - Adam Alter



“… The key to establishing what we all should and shouldn’t be doing with tech ethics is to start conversations and share our lessons with each other.”


Nice in-depth article by Georges Abi-Heila on the psychology and tricks of attention hacking…




A long but very worthwhile read and indicative of how hard it is to solve our tech problems on social media:

also see the discussion on HN:

Mark Zuckerberg as the Greatest Self-Help Guru of All Time?

Using technology and smart phones to fight depression.


Yes Homo Deus is a wonderfully interesting book.


Delightful post on what constitutes humane technology and the importance of scale…


Technical (on-)topics related to humane tech…



Adam Curtis - The Century of Self
Connecting the dots of the last 100 years of capitalism feeding off the masses development of self - very applicable in today’s social media attention economy.

Jonas Staal - Art. Democratism. Propaganda.
Destroying the fallacy that our society is somehow beyond propaganda.

Stephen Duncombe - Dream
Examining the relationship between reality and fantasy as it relates to politics and power.

Jean Baudrilliard - Simulacra & Simulation
A shockingly prescient analysis of the relationship between our economic infrastructure and moral superstructure.

Frank Chimero - What Screens Want
Decoding the ways screens influence the ways we create and consume content.


How to find out and download the personal data that Google and Facebook (the amounts will astound you)

And 18 tips to survive the surveillance age:

Facebook messenger, access to photos, and privacy
What Personal Data do companies like Facebook and Google know about us?

About real ads vs fake ads and trackers plus how to block them…