Book talk 'Cloud Empires: How Digital Platforms Are Overtaking the State and How We Can Regain Control'

Professor Vili Lehdonvirta, Oxford Internet Institute
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17:00 - 18:15
Oxford Martin School
34 Broad Street
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In-person and online

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Lectures and seminars
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Disabled access?
Booking required

The early Internet was a lawless place, populated by scam artists who made buying or selling anything online risky business.

Then Amazon, eBay, Upwork, and Apple established secure digital platforms for selling physical goods, crowdsourcing labour, and downloading apps. These tech giants have gone on to rule the Internet like autocrats. How did this happen? How did users and workers become the hapless subjects of online economic empires? The Internet was supposed to liberate us from powerful institutions.

In this talk, digital economy expert Professor Vili Lehdonvirta will explore the rise of the platform economy into statelike dominance over our lives and propose a new way forward.

This talk will be followed by a book sale and drinks reception, all welcome.

This talk will be live in-person and online

Register to attend live in-person in Oxford.

Register to watch live online on Crowdcast.