Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is the author of many books on the role of information in our lives and in society. Most recently, he is the author, with Kenneth Cukier and Francis de Véricourt of of Framers: Human Advantage in an Age of Technology and Turmoil, published by Dutton. Praised as “A tightly written prescription for smart thinking” by the Financial Times, the book was chosen as one of their best books of 2021.
Viktor is the co-author, with Kenneth Cukier, of the best-selling Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Big Data has sold over a million copies worldwide. He and Thomas Ramge are the authors of Reinventing Capitalism in the Age of Big Data. And his earlier book, Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age, is considered a seminal work on the ever-presence of data and coined the concept of “the right to be forgotten.”
Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University, Viktor is one of the most respected authorities on what is happening in the big data arena. He founded Ikarus Software, a company focusing on data security, in 1986, and developed Virus Utilities, which became the best-selling Austrian software product.
He will publish Access Rules: Freeing Data from Big Tech for a Better Future, written with Thomas Ramge, with the University of California Press. The book was originally published in Germany by Murmann Publishers as Machtmaschinen.