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Jonathan Taplin’s 2017 book, Move Fast and Break Things, caused quite a stir. In it, he argues that the internet has been essentially taken over by a small groups of incredibly powerful companies. Google, Amazon and Facebook, are, he argues, worryingly all-pervasive. One of his key arguments is that people have come to expect everything to be made available to them for free - music, software, movies, art. However, that freedom comes with a price: notably access to your data and an accumulation of wealth in the hands of the few. And at a time of widespread fear about the loss of jobs to emerging technologies, these tech giants employ relatively low numbers of people. Are these problems the fault of digital technology or the digital firms?
Whether you agree with this perspective or not, it is compelling to hear it from Jonathan. Hear him out in this live studio session, and find out which direction he thinks the internet should take to right these wrongs.
Director, Emeritus of the Annenberg Innovation Lab
Jonathan Taplin is a prophet warning us not to sleep through a technological revolution that has already nearly destroyed four industries and threatens to undermine humane culture and democracy in other important ways. His book Move Fast and Break Things tells the story of how Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy, as his book’s subtitle. An expert in international communication management and digital media entertainment, Jonathan Taplin is Director Emeritus of the Annenberg Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
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