Rule 34 is Stross doing what he does best. Intelligent extrapolation of current technology and seeing what some of the what we would see now as bizarro outcomes would be.
Breadmix organic fabbing, morality rule software programs into AI, virtual country stings, policing getting too complicated to handle, murder by domestic appliance control, public transport route bidding, etc., etc.
Like Halting State Liz Kavanaugh is a character, as are others, an organised crime executive, a dodgy low-rent white collar criminal. These are given alternating chapters. Minor characters also get some as interludes.
4 out of 5