Michiko Kakutani, one of the publishing world’s most respected book reviewer, has read “Big Data” , the new bestselling book by Professor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier, and really liked it. In her erudite and comprehensive review published in the New York Times, on June 10, 2013, she writes that with big data the nature of surveillance has changed, pointing to one of the fundamental dark sides of big data that “Big Data” talked about.
Gil Press, whose thoughtful columns on “Forbes.com” have created a large and loyal following among data analytic experts, interviewed Professor Mayer-Schönberger and his co-author Kenneth Cukier on “Big Data”, and is also reviewing it, giving it a strong nod of approval: “Big Data will be the defining text in the discussion for some time to come.” Read the full review here.
Steven Poole reviews new Internet books in the Guardian, including Mayer-Schönberger’s and Cukier’s recent international bestseller “Big Data“, and writes that they “laudably demolish some of the more ludicrous big-data fantasies”. He is particularly interested in the role of “algorithmists”, as proposed in “Big Data”.
Hiawatha Bray reviews “Big Data” in the Boston Globe, and likes what he has read. Calling it “the book for you”, and with “sensible suggestions on how we can have the blessings of big data and our freedoms, too”, he concludes by suggesting that the big data age is just beginning.
In einer Rezension im anerkannten Computermagazin c’t urteilt die Rezensentin, Susanne Lindau, über “Delete“, das preisgekrönte Buch von Professor Mayer-Schönberger zum Vergessen in digitalen Zeiten, es sei “lesenswert” aber auch [g]schrieben mit leichter Hand” und daher “auch eine unterhaltsame Lektüre”. (Heft 1/2011)
Paul Duguid, co-author of the masterpiece “The Social Life of Information”, reviewed Professor Mayer-Schönberger’s recent book “Delete” in the TLS (Times Literary Supplement) and concluded by saying that “Mayer-Schönberger deserves to be applauded and Delete deserves to be read”. The full review is here.
Itir Akdogan has reviewed “Governance and Information Technology”, edited by Professors Mayer-Schönberger and Lazer and published by MIT Press, in “The Information Society” (25: 73-74, 2009), and his verdict is that he “very confidently and highly recommend[s]” the book to anyone research, teaching or imply being interested in knowing and exploring e-government.
Stanford professor Fred Turner reviewed Professor Mayer-Schönberger’s recent book “Delete” in NATURE, and liked it. He concludes by saying “If Mayer-Schönberger is right – and I’m convinced he is – then the old Kris Kristofferson song might be true after all: in the future, freedom could be just another word for nothing left to lose.” The full review is here.
Famed neurobiology professor Yadin Dudai has reviewed Professor Mayer-Schönberger’s book “Delete” in the “New Scientist”, and really liked it. He concluded by saying that “[t]his proposal should not be forgotten as we navigate between the urge to record and immortalize our lives and the need to stay productive and sane”.
Well-known Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten has reviewed Professor Mayer-Schönberger’s new book “Delete” and the importance of forgetting in a digital age.
James Harkin discusses the importance of forgetting in the digital age in “The Sunday Times”, and reviews Professor Mayer-Schönberger’s upcoming book “Delete – The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age”.