Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist
The Digital Prism

The Digital Prism
Transparency and Managed Visibilities in a Datafied World

$84.99 (P)

  • Publication planned for: November 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from November 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107130814

$ 84.99 (P)

Pre-order Add to wishlist

Other available formats:

Looking for an examination copy?

If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • Many people are concerned about the unchecked powers of tech giants and the hidden operations of big data and algorithms. Yet we do not have the vocabularies to properly articulate how these digital transformations shape our lives. This book shows how the management of visibilities - our digital footprints - is a central force in the digital transformation of societies and politics. Seen through the prism of digital technologies and data, the lives of people and structuring of organizations take new shapes in our understanding. Making sense of these requires that we push beyond common ways of thinking about transparency and surveillance, and look at how managing visibilities is a central but overlooked force that influences how people live, how organizations work and how societies and politics operate.

    • Shows how digital transformations have consequences for how we see, know and govern
    • Gives readers a new vocabulary for talking and thinking about tech companies, big data and their social and political consequences
    • Interdisciplinary in scope, this book will appeal to graduate students, researchers and policymakers working in fields including media and communications studies, information and communication studies, organisation studies, organisational sociology, Internet and law
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    'A key feature of life in the digital age is that it is lived in public. In a world filled with ubiquitous technologies we have an expectation that the companies that we work for, the governments that represent us, and even the people we hold close will provide us with transparency and accountability. In this ground breaking book, Mikkel Flyverbom shows how transparency is produced, maintained, and manipulated through the way we manage visibilities. At its core, this book helps us to think about how our own behaviors shape what and how we see and it provides useful strategies with which we can be more informed consumers, citizens, and stewards of our world.' Paul Leonardi, Duca Family Professor of Technology Management, University of California, Santa Barbara and author of Car Crashes Without Cars and Technology Choice

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Publication planned for: November 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107130814
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from November 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction. The transparency formula
    1. Digital and datafied spaces
    2. Transparency and managed visibilities
    3. People under scrutiny
    4. Organizations gone transparent
    5. Seeing the world
    Conclusion. Life in the digital prism

  • Author

    Mikkel Flyverbom, Copenhagen Business School
    Mikkel Flyverbom is Professor of Communication and Digital Transformations and Academic Director of the research platform Transformations: Technology, Data and Knowledge in the Digital Age, at Copenhagen Business School. He is also a Research Fellow at the Center for Information Technology and Society at the University of California, Santa Barbara, a columnist for the Danish newspaper Politiken and a widely used expert on tech issues. He is the author of The Power of Networks: Organizing the Global Politics of the Internet (2011).

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.