Jathan's research looks at the political economic aspects of digital systems. By casting a critical eye on technology, he seeks to uncover the often hidden interests and ideologies that influence the design and use of “smart” technologies. Who benefits, who’s included? Who loses, who’s left out? Why are things made certain ways, for certain purposes—and not other alternatives?
His new book – Too Smart: How Digital Capitalism is Extracting Data, Controlling Our Lives, and Taking Over the World – analyses how the imperatives of power and profit are updated for digital capitalism and materialized by smart tech.