Infomocracy It s been twenty years and two election cycles since Information a powerful search engine monopoly pioneered the switch from warring nation states to global micro democracy The corporate coalition p

  • Title: Infomocracy
  • Author: Malka Ann Older
  • ISBN: 9780765385147
  • Page: 305
  • Format: ebook
  • It s been twenty years and two election cycles since Information, a powerful search engine monopoly, pioneered the switch from warring nation states to global micro democracy The corporate coalition party Heritage has won the last two elections With another election on the horizon, the Supermajority is in tight contention, and everything s on the line.With power comes coIt s been twenty years and two election cycles since Information, a powerful search engine monopoly, pioneered the switch from warring nation states to global micro democracy The corporate coalition party Heritage has won the last two elections With another election on the horizon, the Supermajority is in tight contention, and everything s on the line.With power comes corruption For Ken, this is his chance to do right by the idealistic Policy1st party and get a steady job in the big leagues For Domaine, the election represents another staging ground in his ongoing struggle against the pax democratica For Mishima, a dangerous Information operative, the whole situation is a puzzle how do you keep the wheels running on the biggest political experiment of all time, when so many have so much to gain Infomocracy is Malka Older s debut novel.At the Publisher s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software DRM applied.

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    1. It's easy to get stuck in a rut and ignore the good SF out there that is idea-rich and go for the more common spy-tech thriller. Fortunately, this one has both. Mishima is a great post-cyberpunk spy, or perhaps it might be better to call her a spymaster. The world is run by information, and the Information department makes certain everyone's informed. That's especially good when the world has gone democratic in a much more advanced information age than what we've got now.The sweetest part of thi [...]

    2. Full review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:In the latter half of the twentieth century, most of the world (a few areas like Saudi Arabia excepted) has moved to a form of government called micro-democracy. The world is divided into “centenals” of about 100,000 people each, and each centenal votes for its own separate government. The political party that wins control of the most centenals wins the Supermajority, which gives that party additional political clout and power, although the spe [...]

    3. 4ish stars.I liked this way more than I expected to. I'm typically not into political sci-fi especially when it's idea-heavy versus character-driven like this is. The ideas are just so intelligent and relevant and interesting that it worked for me. To be honest, I wasn't sure how long I'd be able to last. The first part of the novel is all politics and info-dump. We see the world through the eyes of a few different characters but they seem to be there only incidentally because we don't really le [...]

    4. So I may be a bit biased in my assessment of this book. Unlike many other sci-fi and fantasy stories with brash, action oriented kick-ass heroes saving the day, the real heroes of this book are number crunchers, data analysts, and nerds. Sure there is also a ninja in the employ of a global information corporation, but she does her time in analyzing data just like the everyone else. Being an electron shephard myself I have always thought the importance of data analysis and control was under appre [...]

    5. This was a really good book that I didn't particularly enjoy. Definitely a case it's not you, it's me. The politics of real life are a bit too horrifying for me right now to appreciate politics in my fiction.

    6. This is not at all what I was expecting. I saw the "ocracy" and thought it would be an information government. Instead, it's more like this company called Information gathers data and analyzes it to track the election process. They're the source for absolutely all types of information so it's not just elections, but elections are what the book is about.I think this was a pretty good book but I didn't really love it. The characters seemed very two dimensional to me and the story itself was so hea [...]

    7. In the future, countries don’t exist anymore. The planet is a patchwork of independent governments, ruling constituents in blocs of 10,000 neighbors at a time. Every 10 year there’s an election in which governments try to get the most territories possible — the Supermajority. Watching over all of this is Information, a sort of global internet-news source-election commission-social media hybrid of an organization. But not everyone loves Information, or the election cycle. This book, told fr [...]

    8. Actual rating 3.5So I enjoyed this book, it was well organized, well written and the idea well processed. So why I cannot give it more than 3.5 stars? I don’t know really! Just that it didn’t have anything to grasp me, to excite me at some moments, to make me grab something and cannot let go. It just didn’t.This book is a political thriller/techno spy book and happens in a future which nations/countries have less power than the policy of the governor. Basically worlds is divided to “cent [...]

    9. To be fair , i was not into this book from the beginning , so i felt kind of forced to finish it. That aside the book never grabbed me, the premise behind it was that in the future all countries have united somehow and have become fewer entities (conglomerates of countries) , Every 20 years there is an election that determines which one of the major players gains the supermajority (world domination in a way). the society is stratified in such a way that there this units called centennials that r [...]

    10. I gave this a try at the end of last year when I was in bleak despair about politics, and had to give up because the existence of fictional politics on top of real was just more than I could handle. I'm extremely glad I came back to it. This is a cracking techno-futurist thriller about information, democracy, election-stealing and more, a highly enjoyable twisty tale of political skulduggery with plenty to think about. (I love the idea of microdemocracy--the world divided into centenals of 100K [...]

    11. Probably the easiest 5 stars I'll give this year, what a great book! And it's the author's first so that makes it even more surprising. There's a lot in here that probably flew right over my head, mostly because I don't follow politics, but the story was told in a very engaging way with very engaging characters. It's an extremely interesting view at what the world would be like with global democracy and an all encompassing information system. What happens when people try to exploit the system?

    12. Malka Older is a prescient über educated marvel and her debut novel reflects this. A tale of election fraud released in 2016? Genius. Infomocracy is a near future, globe trotting, political thriller. Global politics have become Centenal based, in other words land areas encompassing one hundred thousand people are effectively their own nation state. There are many global parties to choose from (gasp! more than two, who could possibly keep up?) and every ten years there is a global election for t [...]

    13. DNF @15%Maybe it was just too soon to read a book with a political tone with the continuing unrest in the country between the libbies and pubbies but the story also lacked a direction and the writing didn't flow.

    14. Review from Tenacious Reader: tenaciousreader/2016/0Infomocracy by Malka Ann Older was a fascinating blend of technology, politics, big corporations and conspiracy. Everything in this world revolves around Information, a corporatized database of sorts that contains pretty much everything. It’s like Google, research libraries and government databases all rolled into one mega-powered Information solution. Pretty much, it’s all the information in the world contained and controlled.I found the g [...]

    15. I feel like a good portion of this book went over my head, and it took me several weeks to finish it. That's several weeks of googling political and economic terms side-by-side with the novel. That DOES NOT MEAN I DIDN'T LOVE IT. I love working hard for an enjoyable reading experience if the experience is actually worth it, which this was.I think Older has written an entertaining, brilliant, and somewhat terrifying glimpse into what the future may have in store for us. Corporate assassins, micro [...]

    16. This was quite an enjoyable techno-political dystopian thriller. Occasionally, it felt a bit too much like watching the news - what with the US elections, Brexit and so on! However, although it was an interesting read, I felt the characters were a little bit flat, and at times I just found it a bit boring (though maybe that comes from feeling a bit politicked-out in real life). I do think it was well written though, especially for a first novel, and I would certainly consider reading more from M [...]

    17. (Audiobook) 4.5 stars If she were to choose the quote that is found above the entrances to Information offices worldwide, it would be the one that said "Democracy is the worst systemexcept for all the other ones". "Infomocracy" is a brilliant political thriller set in the not-too distant future. Malka Older's world runs on "micro democracies" which are made up of individual "Sentinels" of 100,000 voters. Our story is set during election season in the 3rd ever global vote to determine the "super [...]

    18. needs an "I give up" option, rather than "I'm finished." Infomocracy's premise is timely, especially after the recent debacle that was the U.S. presidential election. Namely, a premise where given access to heaps and heaps of information, the average voter still remains uninformed and distracted by the shiny.There was a study, done with minimally educated voters who, given a hypothetical ballot, picked the names of famous serial killers over randomly generated names as well as over those of actu [...]

    19. Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash, Charles Stross's Singularity Sky, and television's The West wing collide in this debut novel by Malka Older.The world has been divided into micro-democracies with populations of 100,000 each and every 10 years these "franchises" vote on their leadership and the party that won the most "centenals" becomes the ruling party. What will people do to ensure that their party stays in power or that that their party comes into power?Malka Older delivers a novel that puts the [...]

    20. I don't think this book really knows what it's for, or what it's trying to do.If it does, it sure hasn't given me any hints.Infomocracy presents a world where politics have become both much, much bigger, and much, much smaller. It's a micro-democracy - the world has been split into "centenals," blocs of 100,000 people each, and each centenal elects its very own government. What does remain vast and global is an outfit called Information - an all-encompassing entity providing instant, constant in [...]

    21. The Max Gladstone blurb for this book is "If you always wanted to put The West Wing in a particle accelerator with Snow Crash to see what would happen, read this book," and I it's as good a single line pitch as any for it. Older does an incredible job creating a believable future, with complex politics and tech and a society that is different than any we know, and yet is clear descendant of our world. I'm usually a character guy, and while this book has many diverse, interesting, and distinct ch [...]

    22. ElectioneeringCan you give me the definition of the word."To work for the success of a particular candidate, party, or ticket in an election."ElectioneeringCan you use the word in a sentence."The election will not be lost or won as the result of a few weeks of electioneering."This book is a real struggle. I haven't finished but sometimes i write early reviews as a cathartic release. The purging of my negative emotions helps me finish the book.If you find the endless coverage of Russian influence [...]

    23. Futurists worlds where geographic lines basically cease to exist almost seem to be a thing this year. It is a really interesting concept and I am enjoying reading the ideas even if this particular book didn't do much for me. In Infomocracy, all but a handful of countries have ceased to exist. In their stead are the centenals, neighborhoods of 100,000 people that can vote on their own government regardless of what neighboring centenels may vote for. The government that controls the most centenals [...]

    24. Valoración: 4 estrellas.Me ha parecido una buena novela de ciencia ficción por las ideas que desarrolla sobre la democracia y su posible evolución (además me llega en un momento en el que, por lo que pasa en mi tierra, el tema de las nacionalidades y como tomar decisiones para el conjunto de la sociedad me genera muchas preguntas, así que me ha interesado doblemente). En cierta medida es más rico el escenario que plantea que la trama, pero los personajes son interesantes y en cualquier cas [...]

    25. This is a hard review to write because I honestly don't know how I feel about this book.First off, this is a political thriller more than anything else. Which is fine! I really love political thrillers tbh and the politics in this book are so well-researched and so well explored. The author's worldbuilding is excellent; every detail is accounted for and makes sense. It's recognizably our world but with enough innovation to keep the book firmly in the speculative fiction camp. The idea of micro-d [...]

    26. Review originally published here: thecurioussffreader.wordpressInfomocracy is a near future science-fiction book following a story set in a society where almost everyone can access to Information a system which is basically Google meets government databases and allows everyone to access everything from everywhere because, in this world, it's actually illegal to hide information from, well, Information. All the states under the Information system are organized in centenals (groups of 100 000 pers [...]

    27. Daniel José Older is her brother, talented family! I'm very much looking forward to trying his books.My election fatigue (in June 2016) was a bit of a problem in my enjoyment of this book, it might have felt more fun eighteen months from now when I've started to recover from the current insanity in the U.S. But I liked the concept. It reminded me a bit of parts of Snow Crash where the many people were living in small communities with their own identities, police forces, etc, but this book took [...]

    28. Set in the near future, twenty years before the start of the book the world changed over to a new form of government called micro-democracy. A system which transcends national borders. This system was brought about by Information; an evolution of current Internet comprising search engines, browsers, and internet protocol itself. The Heritage party has won both elections so far and there’s concern if they win for a third time they’ll become the de-facto choice which could easily lead to comp [...]

    29. I really wanted to like this; geeky, nerd-hero, near-future speculative fiction sounds pretty dang cool to me, so I had high hopes. Toss in google-like Information and post-conventional country borders? Sweet!But it didn't quite pan out.I'm unsure if my problem lies in the text or in the narration. I listened to this book on audio, and I just couldn't fall in with the reader's voice. The cool, pseudo-ninja-data heroine simpered, the data darkhorse hero wavered, and there was a lot of, well whini [...]

    30. This was such a great book I listened to it twice already.Partly because I didn't want to let go of the characters yet and partly because the first time around I didn't really understand everything about the world and the details of the election.Listening to it again really cleared up parts I didn't pick up on the first time and a lot of things made more sense to me as I already knew where things were going and I could identify hints and clues better.I really liked the characters in the book and [...]

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