Book Recommendations

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Book (and other!) Recommendations from 2020 Dev Summit


  • The Broken Earth Series - by N. K. Jemisin
    • The Fifth Season
    • The Obelisk Gate
    • The Stone Sky
  • the Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Emergent Strategy -
    • Inspired by Octavia Butler's explorations of our human relationship to change, Emergent Strategy is radical self-help, society-help, and planet-help designed to shape the futures we want to live. Change is constant. The world is in a continual state of flux. It is a stream of ever-mutating, emergent patterns. Rather than steel ourselves against such change, this book invites us to feel, map, assess, and learn from the swirling patterns around us in order to better understand and influence them as they happen. This is a resolutely materialist “spirituality” based equally on science and science fiction, a visionary incantation to transform that which ultimately transforms us.
    • The body is not an apology
  • The power of ritual : turning everyday activities into soulful practices / Casper ter Kuile.- thanks to Matt Fitzgerald for the recommendation



Open Hardware Gadgetry

  • Anyone got reccos that could work for holiday gifts?

Recommendations from past Dev Summits

  • Algorithms of Oppression – Safiya Umoja Noble
  • Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor – Virginia Eubanks
  • Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing – Marie Hicks
  • Race After Technology – Ruha Benjamin
  • Dark Matters – Simone Browne
  • Artificial Unintelligence – Meredith Broussard
  • Through Google-Colored Glass(es): Design, Emotion, Class, and Wearables as Commodity and Control – Safiya Umoja Noble, Sarah T. Roberts
  • The Intersectional Internet: Race, Sex, Class, and Culture Online – Safiya Umoja Noble, Brendesha M. Tynes
  • Behind the Screen: Content Moderation in the Shadows of Social Media – Sarah T.Roberts
  • The Many-Headed Hydra (Atlantic Revolutions) - Peter Linebaugh and Marcus Bediker
  • Race After Technology - Ruha Benjamin
  • Digital Minimalism
  • The Spider and the Starfish: the power of leaderless organizations
  • Maphead - Ken Jennings
  • Out of the Forest - Gregory P Smith
  • High School - Tegan and Sara Quin
  • The New Jim Crow
  • Little Brother - Cory Doctorow
  • Emergent Strategy - adrienne maree brown
  • Blindsight - Peter Watts
  • Witches, Sluts, Feminists
  • Pleasure Activism - adrienne maree brown
  • How to Change your Mind
  • How We Fight White Supremacy
  • Architecture of Open Source Applications, Vol. 2 (2012) by many authors (<>, edited by Amy Brown and Greg Wilson)
  • Architecture of Open Source Applications, Vol. 1 (2011) by many authors (<>, edited by Amy Brown and Greg Wilson)
  • Ishmael