Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

The IEET is a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization registered in the State of Connecticut in the United States. Please give as you are able, and help support our work for a brighter future.

Search the IEET
Subscribe and Contribute to:

Technoprogressive? BioConservative? Huh?
Overview of technopolitics

whats new at ieet

Cyborg Dad Fights to Regain Custody of Children - You Can Help

A political party for women’s equality

Necessary Sacrifices: Saving the White Working Class from Neoliberalism?

What will humans look like in 100 years?

We Were All Outsiders In Trump’s America Once — Even Trump

Voting Reformation: 3 Alternate Approaches to Participatory Democracy

ieet books

TECHNOPROG, le transhumanisme au service du progrès social
Marc Roux and Didier Coeurnelle


Enframing the Flesh: Heidegger, Transhumanism, and the Body as “Standing Reserve”

Moral Enhancement and Political Realism

Intelligent Technologies and Lost Life

IEET > Fellows > Douglas Rushkoff

Douglas Rushkoff

Douglas Rushkoff is author of, among his ten books, Playing the Future, Open Source Democracy, and Get Back in the Box: Innovation from the Inside Out. Rushkoff also wrote the acclaimed novels Ecstasy Club and Exit Strategy, the graphic novel, Club Zero-G, and the comic book series Testament. He has written and hosted two award-winning Frontline documentaries, "The Merchants of Cool," which looked at the influence of corporations on youth culture, and "The Persuaders," about the cluttered landscape of marketing and new efforts to overcome consumer resistance. Rushkoff’s commentaries air on CBS Sunday Morning and NPR’s All Things Considered, and have appeared in publications from the New York Times to Time magazine. His column on cyberculture is distributed globally through the New York Times Syndicate. He is Advisor to the United Nations Commission on World Culture, on the Board of Directors of the Media Ecology Association, The Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics, and was a founding member of Technorealism. He has been awarded Senior Fellowships by the Markle Foundation and the Center for Global Communications of the International University of Japan. He regularly appears on TV shows from NBC Nightly News to Larry King and Bill Maher. He developed the Electronic Oracle software series for HarperCollins Interactive. He is currently a PhD candidate at Utrecht University’s New Media Program, writing a dissertation on new media literacies.

Home Page | CV | Twitter


Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now by Douglas Rushkoff (2012)

Program or Be Programmed by Douglas Rushkoff (2011)

Life Inc.: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take It Back by Douglas Rushkoff (2009)

Testament (volumes 1-4) by Douglas Rushkoff (2005)

Get Back in the Box : Innovation from the Inside Out by Douglas Rushkoff (2005)

Open Source Democracy by Douglas Rushkoff (2003)

Exit Strategy: A novel by Douglas Rushkoff (2002)

Cyberia: Life in the Trenches of Hyperspace by Douglas Rushkoff (2002)

Coercion: Why We Listen to What “They” Say by Douglas Rushkoff (2000)

Playing the Future: What We Can Learn from Digital Kids by Douglas Rushkoff (1999)

Ecstasy Club by Douglas Rushkoff (1998)

Media Virus: Hidden Agendas in Popular Culture by Douglas Rushkoff (1996)

Free Rides: Ways to Get High without Drugs by Douglas Rushkoff (1995)

The GenX Reader by Douglas Rushkoff (1994)


"Punching nerds in the face is never a good thing"   Ethical Technology  May 12, 2014

"Is Mike Judge’s ‘Silicon Valley’ the End of Startup Mania?"  Apr 24, 2014

"Social Media and the Perils of Looking for ‘Likes’"  Apr 5, 2014

"Democracy: There’s an App for That"  Mar 25, 2014

"The Big Idea How Technology Killed the Future"  Jan 17, 2014

"Ed Snowden - Human Hero Intervenes on Machine Logic"   Rushkoff  Jun 25, 2013

"CNN: NSA phone snooping, a new kind of creepy"   Rushkoff  Jun 7, 2013

"The Terror of Real Time"   Rushkoff  Apr 22, 2013

"Occupy, this time for the people’s debt"   CNN  Nov 15, 2012

"iPhone is Not Your Saviour"   Rushkoff  Sep 15, 2012

"Will ISPs Begin Spying on Users?"   CNN  Jul 15, 2012

"CNN: A New Role for the One Percent"  Mar 13, 2012

"CNN: Why I am learning to code and you should, too"   Rushkoff  Jan 17, 2012

"Think Occupy Wall St. is a phase? You don’t get it."   CNN  Oct 6, 2011

"Are jobs obsolete?"   CNN  Sep 16, 2011

"Why Johnny Can’t Program"   Huffington Post  Oct 2, 2010

"Too Big to Fail? The BP Bailout as Corporatism"   Douglas Rushkoff  Jun 12, 2010

"Corporations as Uber-Citizens"  Jan 22, 2010

"Google’s Velvet Rope"   The Daily Beast  Oct 15, 2009

"How the World Became a Corporation"   WorldChanging  Sep 3, 2009

"Economics is Not a Natural Science"  Aug 21, 2009

"Health Care Reform Without Public Option is Just Corporatism, Not Socialism"   Douglas Rushkoff  Aug 20, 2009

"How Iran’s Hackers Killed Big Brother"   The Daily Beast  Jun 20, 2009

"How Google Trained Your Brain"   The Daily Beast  Jun 5, 2009

"Obama’s Internet Misfire"   The Daily Beast  Jun 5, 2009

"Life Inc. pt 1: Your Money or Your Life: A Lesson on the Front Stoop"   Life Inc.  May 11, 2009

"In Defense of the Dark Ages"  Apr 21, 2009

"Stimulus, Ass-Backwards"   Arthur Magazine  Apr 20, 2009

"Hacking the Economy"   h+ Magazine  Apr 5, 2009

"Hack Money, Hack Banking"   Arthur Magazine  Mar 22, 2009

"Anticipating President Obama"   Technology, Media, and Popular Culture  Nov 6, 2008

"No Money Down"   Arthur Magazine  Oct 4, 2008

"Financial Melt Up"   Technology, Media, and Popular Culture  Sep 17, 2008

"Beyond Brand Obama"   Technology, Media, and Popular Culture  Jun 9, 2008

"Riding Out the Credit Crisis"   Arthur  May 4, 2008

"What You Can Learn from Zombie Movies"   Discover Magazine  Aug 16, 2007

"What makes me Optimistic: Human Beings Are Different"   The Edge  Jan 2, 2007

"Idiocy and the Sublime"  Jan 2, 2007

"The Light at the End of the Reality Tunnel"   Arthur  Dec 27, 2006

"Creating an alternative value system"   Re-public  Dec 14, 2006

"Testament Online - For Free!"  Nov 16, 2006

"Inbox: In 2033, age 70 is the new 30"   Nerve  Oct 12, 2006

"Inside & Outside Boxes"   NeoFiles  Feb 3, 2006

"Final Thought Virus: It’s Supposed to be Fun"   Get Back in the Box  Dec 12, 2005

"Thought Virus #4: Follow the Fun"   Excerpt from Get Back in the Box  Nov 29, 2005

"Reading the Consumer Mind"   New York Press  Nov 25, 2005

"Open Source and the Authorship Society"     Nov 12, 2005

"Evolution as a Team Sport"   Ethical Technology  Nov 3, 2005

"Get Back In The Box: Thought Virus #1: One Thing"  Nov 1, 2005

"Open Source Democracy: How online communication is changing offline politics"   Published by Demos  Nov 29, 2003

Recent Multimedia

The Digital Economy Should Be about Capital Creation, Not Extraction   2016-05-11

Algorithms: Killing Jobs, Narrowing Our Personalities   2016-05-04

Online Companies Like Facebook Have Created a Meaningless Economy   2016-05-02

Douglas Rushkoff on Redesigning the Economy   2016-04-27

Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus   2016-04-16

How Digital Media Finally Enables Distributed Enterprise   2015-11-28

Creative Session with Jason Silva   2015-03-13

Present Shock and the VC Mindset at DLD   2014-05-15

Dark Rye does Present Shock   2014-05-01

Dutch TV’s Tegenlicht does Present Shock   2014-04-29


Douglas Rushkoff joins IFTF as Research Fellow (May 28, 2016)

IEET Fellow Douglas Rushkoff joins Codecademy (Jul 30, 2012)

Rushkoff’s new graphic novel (Jan 11, 2012)

Doug Rushkoff’s New Book Out (Aug 29, 2010)

Doug’s Frontline Series ‘Digital Nation’ Airs February 2 at 9pm (Jan 22, 2010)

Life Inc. video dispatches and audiobook available (Jul 03, 2009)

Doug Rushkoff’s New Radio Show and NPR TV Series (Apr 21, 2009)

Doug Rushkoff’s Life Inc. Available for Pre-order (Mar 08, 2009)

Doug’s new radio show (Jan 28, 2009)

Rushkoff’s Life Incorporated: The Course (Jan 07, 2009)

Bostrom, de Grey, Rushkoff answer Edge’s Big Question for 2009 (Jan 02, 2009)

Doug guestblogs at BoingBoing (Sep 22, 2008)

Doug Rushkoff’s Testament series is complete (Sep 01, 2008)

Update from Doug Rushkoff (Jul 24, 2008)

Doug’s Testament Series Wraps Up (Jan 22, 2008)

Rushkoff’s Third Testament Series Graphic Novel Out (Dec 03, 2007)

Doug’s new course on mass media mind control (Sep 17, 2007)

Rushkoff’s Testament: The Final Arc(k) (Aug 06, 2007)

Doug Rushkoff teaching “Technologies of Persuasion” (Jun 14, 2007)

Doug’s second Testament Book, West of Eden, is out (Jan 22, 2007)

The first ‘Testament’ collection on Sale (Jul 28, 2006)

Rushkoff on the Future on CNN (Mar 14, 2006)

Boing Boing interviews Doug Rushkoff about his Testament comic book (Jan 31, 2006)

Douglas Rushkoff’s last book is out!!! (Dec 12, 2005)

Doug Rushkoff’s TESTAMENT #1 (Nov 24, 2005)

IEET Fellow Douglas Rushkoff’s new book (Nov 08, 2005)

Past Appearances

Rushkoff on “Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus” @ Personal Democracy Forum (New York City, NY - Jun 10, 2016)

Rushkoff on “Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus” @ Webvisions (Portland, OR - May 20, 2016)

Rushkoff on “Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus” @ Powell’s Books (Portland, OR - May 20, 2016)

Rushkoff on “Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus” @ Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, California - May 17, 2016)

Rushkoff on “Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus” @ PFSK 2016 Forum (New York City, NY - May 13, 2016)

Rushkoff on “Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus” @ Digital Economic Forum (Zurich, Switzerland - Apr 27, 2016)

Rushkoff @ Toronto ( - Apr 11, 2016)

Rushkoff @ The 92nd St. Y, NYC, NY (92nd St. Y, NYC, NY - Mar 30, 2016)

Rushkoff @ SF Commonwealth Club (Commonwealth Club, San Francisco - Mar 24, 2016)

Rushkoff @ City Lights, SF (City Lights, San Francisco - Mar 23, 2016)

Rushkoff @ SXSW - Austin, TX (Austin, Texas - Mar 12, 2016)

Rushkoff @ Civic Hall NYC (Civic Hall, NYC - Mar 01, 2016)

Douglas Rushkoff at the GRMA’s 2013 Executive Leadership Forum (St. Pete Beach, Florida, USA - May 02, 2013)

Rushkoff @ Contact Summit 2011 (Angel Orensanz Center, New York City, NY USA - Oct 20, 2011)

Douglas Rushkoff keynotes Webvisions (Oregon, US - May 24, 2011)


RSSIEET Blog | email list | newsletter |
The IEET is a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization registered in the State of Connecticut in the United States.

Executive Director, Dr. James J. Hughes,
35 Harbor Point Blvd, #404, Boston, MA 02125-3242 USA
Email: director @