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Chokepoint Capitalism: The Bottlenecks in Our Technological Ecosystem

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Episode 283
September 28, 2022
00:51:39
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Hosted by Dave Levine

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Rebecca Giblin of Melbourne Law School and Boing Boing founder and writer Cory Doctorow discuss the “plight of creative labor” To many of us, big businesses and corporations have an outsized influence on our lives. Recently, the technology giants have stepped into this limelight. Even prior to the churning of Twitter after the new CEO’s acquisition, much has been made of how companies can unilaterally change what we see, read, hear, and experience. In this September 2022 discussion, host Dave Levine chats with the authors of Chokepoint Capitalism, Rebecca Giblin and Cory Doctorow. Well-known activists in the tech sector, Giblin and Doctorow deliver a searing indictment on what they call “chokepoint capitalism,” namely, a digital economic ecosystem where transactions flow through a select few entities such as Facebook and Google. On the show, Dave explores the competitive “moats” built by businesses, their impact on creative workers, and the benefits and drawbacks to society from the technology business world. With two experts on the other side of the mic who express their point of view well, the conversation captures some of the caveats surrounding modern technology’s impact on consumers. “Lots of people woke up today and said ‘I’m glad that there’s an easy way to order on Amazon,’ but no one woke up and said, ‘I wish there was no way to buy things except on Amazon.’” – Cory Doctorow
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Rebecca Giblin and Cory Doctorow

Rebecca Giblin is a Professor at Melbourne Law School and Cory Doctorow is a journalist and founder of Boing Boing.
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DAVID LEVINE

Dave Levine is the founder and host of Hearsay Culture. He is a Professor at Elon University School of Law and an Affiliate Scholar at the Center for Internet and Society (Stanford Law School). From 2014-2017, he was a Visiting Research Collaborator at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy. He is also the co-author of Information Law, Governance, and Cybersecurity (West 2019). A regular contributor to Slate, Dave has been published in leading newspapers, websites, and academic journals in the US and EU.

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