(Tech) Company Rule
A Conversation with Dr Maha Atal
A Californian and a New Yorker talk about the tech industry . . . and its called episode 5 of Anti-Dystopians season 2!
This week, I talked to Dr Maha Atal, a lecturer at the University of Glasgow who studies the political economy of corporate power and was also an award-winning journalist reporting on the tech industry. Needless to say, we had a lot to chat about . . . we discussed how the history of company-rule and colonization relates to the tech industry, how Silicon Valley’s “Janus faces” allows it to escape state regulation, and how the perception of technology corporations has changed from the tech-utopian days of the Obama administration to now.
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Further reading from the episode
The Janus faces of Silicon Valley by Dr Maha Atal
Is Google evil? by Maha Atal
The Wall Street Journal’s Facebook Files
Nicole Perlroth’s excellent book “This is How They Tell me the World Ends”
Lost in Space on space exploration, corporations and colonization
Anatomy of an internet shut down by Jina Moore in Rest of World
Meme of the week
If you’ve downloaded Spotify wrapped, have you tried JSTOR wrapped?