Are we doomed to be indentured servants to big data corporations like Facebook, Google and Amazon? Surrendering our privacy bit by electronic bit? MIT Technology Review’s San Francisco bureau chief Martin Giles explains why antitrust measures that tamed the oil barons and telecoms giants don’t work well in the data economy. He warns that advances in AI will help the data barons collect even more data and do more with it. He looks at some ideas that have been put forward to cut them down to size. Giles’s thought-provoking essay will be a call to action for Internet entrepreneurs and anyone concerned with the impact of Internet monopolies on the economy and people’s personal lives.
In this summary, you will learn
- How close Facebook, Google and Amazon are to being monopolies;
- Why this has negative consequences for society; and
- What kind of regulation could cut these Internet giants down to size.
About the Author
Martin Giles is MIT Technology Review’s San Francisco bureau chief.