Generally refers to Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft.
But seems to often refer to platform capitalism in general. So your Twitters, Airbnbs, Netflix, etc, as well. Even if not quite so big.
Needless to say, web services are a powerful force that can shape politics and economics around the globe. Even the slightest updates to regulatory law in the US, where many of these platforms are based, can result in profound global reverberations that are difficult to predict.
Similarly, the large platforms are all renting Amazon cloud services for exorbitant monthly amounts, like Twitch ($15M/month), Linkedin ($13M/month), and Twitter ($7M/month on top of $10M/month to Google Cloud). This doesn’t take into account many other operating costs, like personnel salaries and software maintenance.
In the realm of digital technology, it is commonly known that today’s tech giants have built much of their empires on a code commons. The open meadows of collaboratively written code and generously shared repositories, published under permissive licences, are treated as fair game — and fenced off into proprietary products.
The dominance of tech monopolies resulting from current conditions gives us reason to doubt that the free market alternative fully delivers on its commitment to promoting pluralism and individual freedoms.
1.1. In my garden
Notes that link to this note (AKA backlinks).
- The Carbon Emissions of Big Tech
- Platform Socialism and Web3
- Big tech is a huge part of capitalism
- Digital Ecosocialism: Breaking the power of Big Tech
- Reclaiming the stacks: September 2023 roundup
- Platform socialism
- Anti-trust and big tech
- Reclaiming the stacks: August 2023 roundup
- Big tech exploits the victims of economic collapse
- The Week in Green Software: Disintegration vs Integration
- The role of technology in eco-socialism