“Wichowski’s detailed reporting and careful attention to the big picture makes for a quick and thought-provoking reading experience. This erudite analysis should be required reading for tech CEOs, policy makers, and everyone concerned about the ubiquity of a handful of companies in their daily lives.”  - Publishers Weekly

“In The Information Trade, Wichowski details how big tech firms don’t just compete with each other—they compete with governments. In an important way, Wichowski demonstrates how little “public service”, civic engagement and democratic duties these firms take up given their role in our economy, their control of information infrastructure, and their profitability. The technology firms have such an important role in managing our economic, political and cultural lives that we need to assert rights as citizen-users if we expect meaningful protections of our freedom.” - Philip N. Howard, author of Lie Machines, Director of the Oxford Internet Institute

 “Alexis Wichowski’s The Information Trade is a timely, compelling, and expertly researched passport to the tech companies that rule today’s digital landscape. With accessible real-world examples and clever connect-the-dots analysis, Wichowski pinpoints the causes responsible for the ever-increasing effects that these companies are having on our daily lives.” - Blake Harris, author of Console Wars


“Wichowski notes that infrastructure improvements are likelier to be made by net states than “real” ones, all with a clear eye toward a future in which they are truly sovereign. She concludes her eminently accessible, deeply researched exploration by proposing that business models change so that consumers can more easily protect their data—but for a price, for “if our data, privacy, and sense of power are precious to us, then we need to offer something else that’s valuable. And just about everyone values money.” Civil libertarians as well as geopolitics buffs and tech geeks will find much of value here.” - Kirkus 


“We live in a time where decision-makers, industries and citizens alike are struggling to comprehend the real consequences of emerging technologies and data-driven business models. Alexis Wichowski offers an important framework for accessing how this new digital reality is shaping power structures, locally and globally. Her analysis of why governments need to engage more with the so-called ‘Net States’ to combat e.g. human rights violations online and protect privacy is an insightful one. Equally important is the need for the industry to step up and take on much more responsibility. Alexis Wichowski understands how the mechanisms of how ‘Big Tech’ challenges us as societies, and what we need to do about it. I recommend The Information Trade to anyone interested in the intersection between technology, politics and global affairs." - Ambassador Casper Klynge, Danish Ambassador to Technology


“Alexis Wichowski is a wonderfully tireless investigator of the Internet’s Great Powers, what she calls ‘net states.’ But as she follows the money (and the power), she also illuminates the fundamental questions of digital life: Who are we, really, when we are online? And how are we changing?” - Scott Malcomson, author of Splinternet




March 3, 2020, 6:30pm EST


1517 Connecticut Ave NW

Host: Adam Kushner, editor, Washington Post


March 24, 2020, 6pm PST

The World Affairs Council

312 Sutter St #200

Host: Patrick McGee, The Financial Times


March 28, 2020, 1:30pm EST

Montclair Book Festival

Montclair, NJ


Host: TBD


February 18, 2020, 7pm

Salve Regina University

Host: Dr. James Ludes


Oxford Internet Institute

London School of Economics

Dates TBD