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  1. Digital Ecosocialism

    Michael Kwet
    31 May 2022
    Article

    We can no longer ignore the role of Big Tech in entrenching global inequality. To curtail the forces of digital capitalism, we need an ecosocialist Digital Tech Deal.

  2. How Big Tech captured our public health system

    Arun Kundnani, Seda Gürses
    19 May 2022
    Multi-media

    The privatisation of public services is a long-standing global trend. But in the wake of the pandemic and through the introduction of contact tracing apps, Big Tech has gone one step further: Large corporations like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google are now set to control the very infrastructure that underlies our public health system. In this eye-opening discussion, Arun Kundnani interviews Dr Seda Gürses about the dangers of a system in which we depend on profit-oriented companies for receiving basic health services. How did we get to this point, and how can we imagine a different future?

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    Call for essays on digital power for State of Power 2023

    13 April 2022
    Article

    The Transnational Institute (TNI) is issuing an open call for essays, accessible papers, infographics and artistic collaborations on the theme of 'digital power' for its eleventh State of Power report to be launched in January 2023. (Deadline for pitch/proposal extended: 13 June 2022)

  4. The Promises and Perils of Investor-Driven Fintech

    • Milford Bateman, Fernando Amorim Teixeira
    08 February 2022
    Paper

    Financial technology, or ‘fintech’, is a widely celebrated recent innovation. However, in this paper we explore how its seductive narrative is a fundamentally flawed and inaccurate portrayal of the emerging reality. While it is clear that fintech offers a major opportunity to improve the lives of the poor if done right, and it has had some important initial successes, its full long-term impact looks far less rosy.

  5. Indonesia’s digital economy commitments in EU and RCEP trade agreements

    • Sofia Scasserra
    04 November 2021

    In recent years, Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) have started to include rules for the digital economy as a result of pressure from Big Tech. These trade measures are potentially damaging to a country’s possibilities of digital industrialisation, permanently locking in advantages for the richest nations. This summary analyses the most important points being negotiated by Indonesia with the European Union and RCEP.

  6. Digital colonialism

    • Sofia Scasserra, Carolina Martínez Elebi
    06 October 2021
    Policy briefing

    The global battle for control of the digital economy is typically portrayed as one fought by only two titans: US and China, but that does not mean that the EU has been standing still. As this briefing documents, the EU has been making strong efforts to catch up using trade negotiations and trade rules to assert its own interests. In the process, the EU is trying to climb up on the backs of the developing countries, undermining the chance for all to equitably share in the benefits of technological development.

  7. Algorithmic assembly lines

    01 May 2021
    Article

    Retail companies are forcing workers to follow orders dictated by digital devices and corporate algorithms. To regain autonomy, creativity, and agency in the workplace we need to start politicising the use of digital technologies.

  8. Digital colonialism

    Michael Kwet
    04 March 2021
    Article

    Over the past decades, transnational “Big Tech” corporations based in the United States have amassed trillions of dollars and gained excessive powers to control everything, from business and labor to social media and entertainment. Digital colonialism is now engulfing the world.

  9. Blockchains: building blocks of a post-capitalist future?

    Hannes Gerhardt
    10 November 2020
    Article

    Finding the political power to pursue a more just and sustainable economy is the hard part, but the tools to effectively execute such an economy are developing quickly.

  10. Hacking the corporation


    04 February 2020
    Article

    Barney Francis, AKA Bill Posters on the nature of corporations, their power and how they shape society.

  11. The intelligent corporation

    Anita Gurumurthy , Nandini Chami
    04 February 2020
    Article

    The Corporation is on the cusp of achieving ‘quantum supremacy’ as a result of its massive accumulation of data powered by algorithmic-based intelligence. Social movements need to grasp this change quickly.

  12. Bright lights, tech city for the no-collar worker

    • Carla Maria Kayanan, Filipa Pajević
    31 January 2020
    Paper

    Every city seems now to be looking for its 'Silicon Valley'. But what's the reality for cities that embrace Big Tech? Exploring two-case studies in Dublin, Ireland and Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo in Canada, this essay explores how urban space and public policy is transformed by digital corporations and how the allure far exceeds the concrete benefits.

  13. If I Only had a Heart

    • Stacco Troncoso, Ann Marie Utratel
    15 November 2019
    Report

    Distributed Cooperative Organizations (DisCOs) are a P2P/Commons, cooperative and Feminist Economic alternative to Decentralised Autonomous Organizations (or DAOs).

    DisCOs bring together the worlds of the Commons and P2P, Open and Platform Cooperativism, Distributed Ledger/Blockchain tech, and Feminist Economics together in a fresh, radical framework fit for addressing the challenges of our times.

  14. The data of money

    • Andrés Arauz
    28 January 2019
    Paper

    The international bank transfer system, SWIFT, is a form of contemporary digital colonialism and surveillance capitalism as it is run by US firms and provides data to US government agencies. Drives by governments and philanthropists to increase use of digital money will only strengthen it further.

  15. Gentrification of Payments

    Brett Scott
    15 January 2019
    Article

    A slow-moving phenomenon is unfolding all over the world. It will have serious consequences, but very few people are consciously aware of it, perhaps because it involves something seemingly banal and benign: the spread of digital payments. This phenomenon is not only occurring in the major cities of economically advanced nations, but also in poorer countries, often promoted via the ‘financial inclusion’ programmes of international development organisations in partnership with major financial institutions.

  16. Culture of the Commons

    Mayo Fuster Morell
    27 January 2017
    Article

    Mayo Fuster Morell, responsible for BarCola, a group working on collaborative economy policies in Barcelona, shares her thoughts and experiences on how commons-based forms of collaboration can build a more just society.

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    Manufactured Consent

    25 January 2017
    Infograph

    Corporations don't just shape our politics or economics, they also seek to change public opinion to serve their interests. Which corporations play the biggest role in shaping knowledge and news? What do they fund? Who do they represent? What role have they played in the rise of authoritarian populists? This infographic for State of Power 2017 exposes those 'manufacturing consent'.

  18. The open source city as the transnational democratic future

    • Bernardo Gutiérrez
    18 January 2016
    Report

    Experiences and experiments in Spain, Brazil, Istanbul and other cities suggest that a transnational municipalism, based on concepts of an open source city (free online tools and active citizen participation), has the potential to regenerate democracy and build a geopolitics of the commons against neoliberalism.

  19. Freedom technologists and the future of global justice

    • John Postill
    18 January 2016
    Report

    In the wake of early 2010s upheavals such as the Arab Spring, Spain’s indignados, or the global Occupy movement, many commentators were quick to either invoke the presumed tech-savvy of ‘digital natives’ or the purported ‘cyber-utopianism’ of net freedom advocates who supported the protests. But what role have internet freedom activists – or ‘freedom technologists’ – played in ongoing struggles for progressive political change around the world and how can the pursuit of liberty be combined with the struggle for social justice?

  20. Network movements and the new ‛social atmosphere’

    Bernardo Gutiérrez
    10 June 2014
    Article

    New forms of social mobilisation by networked movements have created a new "social atmosphere" that is already having an irreversible impact on other more traditional social and political actors and their practices. 

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