Paradoxes of Digital Disengagement: In Search of the Opt-Out Button

Esperanza Miyake, Adi Kuntsman

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Life is increasingly governed by digital and smart technologies, platforms, big data and algorithms. Challenging our increasing dependence on the digital, this book raises provocative and urgent questions: in a world of compulsory digitality, is there an opt out button? Where, when, how, why and to whom is it available? Answering these questions has become even more relevant since the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, the book puts forward the concept of 'digital disengagement', explored across six key areas of digitisation: health; citizenship; education; consumer culture; labour; and the environment. As an interdisciplinary piece of work, the book will be useful to any scholar and activist in Digital, Internet and Social Media Studies; Digital Sociology and Social Policy; Digital Health; Media, Popular and Communication Studies; Consumer culture; and Environment Studies.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages182
ISBN (Electronic)9781914386343, 9781914386336
Publication statusPublished - 4 Oct 2022


  • digital disengagement
  • opt-out button
  • platform society
  • digital abolition
  • Covid-19 pandemic
  • data rights and data justice
  • digital capitalism


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