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The Political Economy of Digital Monopolies

Contradictions and Alternatives to Data Commodification

By Paško Bilić, Toni Prug and Mislav Žitko

Published

Jul 16, 2021

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1529212372

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jul 16, 2021

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1529212396

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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    The Political Economy of Digital Monopolies

    At a time when the practices of technology companies continue to attract fierce criticism, this book asks what it actually means to hold a “monopoly” in the tech world and how it might affect the way in which an organisation operates.

    Combining new and traditional Marxian perspectives, the authors offer an in-depth analysis of how these technology giants are produced, financialised, and regulated.

    As technology firms continue to shape our political and socio-economic landscape, this book will be an invaluable resource for scholars and students who seek to understand the function of technological monopolies in contemporary capitalism.

    "In this thoroughly researched and clearly written book, critical theory confronts the concentration of power in cyber-monopolies to advance our understanding of digital capitalism. The authors skillfully assess proposals for both reform and social transformation." Vincent Mosco, author of The Smart City in a Digital World

    Introduction

    Production, circulation, and the science of forms: theoretical foundations

    Marxian perspectives on monopolies

    Platforms, advertising, and users

    Financialisation and regulation

    Controlling, processing, and commercialising data

    Conclusion: contradictions and alternatives to data commodification