Wed, 20 November 2019

6:45 pm - 8:00 pm

How to Fight Back Against Big Tech

Rana Foroohar

VENUE

Emmanuel Centre

9-23 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 3DW

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Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google crush competitors, hijack our data and offshore their exorbitant profits. FT columnist Rana Foroohar is here to lead the fight back.

Google and Facebook receive 90% of the world’s ad-spending. Facebook alone has more users than China has citizens. Together, the digital titans of the world own 80% of corporate wealth.

How did we get here? How did the tech industry get to dominate our world so completely? How did once-idealistic and innovative companies come to manipulate elections, violate our privacy and pose a threat to the fabric of our democracy?

In this talk, award-winning Financial Times columnist Rana Faroohar will address the biggest business story of our time. She’ll document how Big Tech lost its soul and became the new Wall Street. Drawing on her skilled reporting and unparalleled access – won through nearly 30 years covering business and technology – she’ll show the true extent to which the FAANGs (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google) threaten our democracies, our livelihoods and our minds.

Most importantly of all, Rana will lay out a plan for how we can resist the powers of Big Tech, creating a framework that fosters innovation while also protecting us from the dark side of digital technology.

PRAISE FOR RANA FOROOHAR:

“Rana Foroohar is a savvy and wise commentator and a keen observer of the global economy. This book goes beyond the economic problems and examines the broader implications for society of the untrammeled and under regulated Silicon Valley companies.” – Joseph E. Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate in Economics

“As one of the world’s most talented financial journalists, Rana Foroohar has long been essential reading for anyone interested in the powerful parallel worlds of Wall Street and Silicon Valley. Worried about the monopolistic tendencies of big tech? The addictive apps on your iPhone? The role Facebook played in Donald Trump’s election? Foroohar will leave you even more worried, but a lot better informed.” – Niall Ferguson, author of The Square and the Tower